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Mountain Valley Development Services wins Telly award

Mountain Valley Development Services has something to crow about these days. It recently won a Telly Award for a promotional video about its supported employment program.Tellys honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions. The awards showcase the work of advertising agencies, promotion companies, television stations and cable operators around the world. Judges consider 10,000 nominees in a variety of categories.The video, produced by Chris Tribble, of Versatile Video Productions in Carbondale, portrays the various jobs clients of Mountain Valley now hold in Glenwood Springs and Rifle.Between Vail, Leadville and Glenwood Springs, about 40 clients are working for 30 employers, said Joe Napier, director of vocational services at Mountain Valley. Many of the Mountain Valley clients are familiar faces in stores around town, including Safeway in Glenwood Springs and the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Rifle.Mountain Valleys mission is to help the developmentally disabled be an integral part of their communities through community inclusion and involvement, Napier said.Supported employment is the strategy we use to place people in jobs. Theyre hired and (paid) by the employer and Mountain Valley does the initial training and supports (the client employee) long term.That long-term support is key to the success of MVDS clients, Napier said: Its for the life of the job for whatever is needed.Napier explained that sometimes after a period of time on the job, clients hit a speed bump. The boss or the duty changes, and it creates a difficulty. Sometimes the clients need a refresher.The video also highlighted Safeway and Wal-Mart because managers there wanted to speak out about how much they value their MVDS employees. Clients also work at Burger King, Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Adventure Park and Caverns, Sunlight Mountain Resort and the Eagle airport. One client has worked at the 19th Street Diner in Glenwood for 19 years, Napier said.Mountain Valley was able to commission the video through a $15,000 grant from the state Division of Developmental Disabilities, Napier said. Some of the money also went toward the purchase a laptop computer and projector to show the video to prospective employers.Napier said hes also shown the video to local service groups such as Rotary and Kiwanis. People have been riveted while watching it, he added. We wanted to make it educational and to pull at your heart strings It certainly raises awareness of the potential of people with development disabilities.For Chris Tribble, the making of the video was an excellent experience.This is Tribbles fourth Telly Award. He also won for videos about the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and a television series he produced about kids.


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