Nov. 5, 2021 — Hampton-based VersAbility Resources Inc. has been awarded its largest contract, which could potentially total $126 million.
VersAbility is already the prime contractor for leading food on ships for the U.S. Navy at seven locations around the globe, but the scope was significantly expanded. The nonprofit company is expecting to add about 50 jobs to its 100-person staff already working on this contract.
"This contract employs hundreds of people with disabilities in Hampton Roads and across the country in high-paying jobs with benefits that can transform their lives," said President and Chief Executive Officer Kasia Grzelkowski. "This contract has expanded due to the proven performance of people with disabilities who get the job done every day so the U.S. Navy can fulfill its mission around the globe."
VersAbility directly manages operations at the Norfolk naval base, local shipyards, and Pearl Harbor. The work at other ports is subcontracted to other disability-serving organizations, which employ 300 individuals in this contract.
People with disabilities load ships of all classes and sizes — including submarines and aircraft carriers. The Navy fleet doesn't leave port unless people with disabilities have done their job, noted Grzelkowski. "They take tremendous pride in performing this mission-essential function tied to fleet readiness."
The $50.1 million base contract period began Nov. 1 and runs through March 2022, but it can be extended until September 2026 to the full $126 million. Work will be performed in Norfolk; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; San Diego, California; the Puget Sound area in Washington; Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; Guam; and Groton, Connecticut.
Founded in 1953, VersAbility Resources serves more than 1,300 people with disabilities and their families each year in early childhood, student services, day support, residential and diverse employment programs. The organization provides federal contract staffing, through which people with disabilities work alongside enlisted and civilian personnel at military bases.