Bona Vista Begins!

Bona Vista opens the doors for children who were without services! Bona Vista School for children with disabilities begins in September at 317 West Walnut Street in Kokomo, Indiana.
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Transportation becomes possible!

School bus added to Bona Vista Programs! Bona Vista receives a used school bus donated by Robert Boughman so that children may be transported to the school. Mary Kay Brown is named Director of the Bona Vista School.
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Bona Vista gets the word out!

The Bona Vista Beacon connects us with the community! Bona Vista publishes its first newsletter called the "Bona Vista Beacon."  
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Christmas parties begin at Bona Vista thanks to the KFD!

The Kokomo Firefighters begin a long-standing tradition of a Christmas party for Bona Vista's students, families and supporters.
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Bona Vista gets a permanent location!

In December of 1965, 33 students begin going to class at the newly built Bona Vista building, located at 1220 East Laguna Street in Kokomo.
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Adult Services Begin!

A sheltered workshop is opened at Bona Vista.
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Bona Vista Starts to Evolve and Grow!

A 700 sq. ft. addition to the current building creates an industrial area for adults with developmental disabilities. Enrollment in the Bona Vista School reaches 53 students. Danny M. Tye is named Executive Director of Bona Vista.
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Bona Vista starts it’s First preschool program!

A preschool pilot program begins. Thomas J. Jones is named Executive Director of Bona Vista.
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Employment training begins at Bona Vista!

Bona Vista begins training individuals for community employment. Paul F. Wagner, Jr. is appointed Executive Director of Bona Vista Programs.
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Workshop at Bona Vista moves to a larger facility!

The Bona Vista Workshop moves to 1257 East Morgan Street in Kokomo.
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New independent living program starts at Bona Vista!

An independent-living training project starts in Kokomo.
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Developmental screenings begin!

Bona Vista receives funds through the state's Title XX program. First early childhood/preschool screenings by professional staff offered at Laguna Street facility.
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First group home opens at Bona Vista Programs!

Bona Vista receives Kokomo's first summer speech camp and hearing clinic. The first residents begin living in a new group home in Kokomo. The Bona Vista Workshop expands its services to 1205 South Plate Street in Kokomo. Bona Vista opens an outpatient rehabilitation therapies center.
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Laguna Street building expands!

Groundbreaking for the East Laguna Street building expansion. Bona Vista's community newsletter, the Companion, begins distribution. Beginning of "Infant Follow Along" program designed for early detection and intervention of children in their first three years with delays in developmental growth. Jill Dunn is named Assistant Executive Director of Direct Services.
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Bona Vista begins a new job development program!

Bona Vista Programs offers a new job development program that includes yard and handyman work as well as janitorial services. Bona Vista begins aluminum can recycling center.
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Bona Vista becomes accredited!

Bona Vista Programs becomes CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited.
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Bona Vista gets mobility through city cooperative transportation system!

Bona Vista receives an audiology booth, expanding current audiology services. The City of Kokomo and Bona Vista join together for a cooperative transportation system for individuals with disabilities.
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BVI expands!

Bona Vista leases building on East Dodge Street to expand BVI.
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Bona Vista starts to expand in Peru!

Bona Vista expands its preschool services to Peru. Bona Vista begins providing vocational evaluations and work adjustment services to clients at Gateway Center in Peru.
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BV board of director’s chooses Jill as the new President!

Jill Dunn accepts appointment as President of Bona Vista Programs. Bona Vista begins an independent living program. Bona Vista begins a homebound intervention program for infants and toddlers as well as adviser services for parents.
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Bona Vista and Gateway officially merge!

Bona Vista in Kokomo and Gateway in Peru officially merge. Two new group homes in Kokomo and one new group home in Peru are planned. Bona Vista celebrates 30 years of services.
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Services for community supported employment starts!

Bona Vista begins community support employment services and the beginning of the WorkForce Diversity program is born.
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BV starts the street strut fundraising event!

Bona Vista hosts first Street Strut event to raise funds for pediatric services. Building Visions capital campaign lays the financial groundwork for a major renovation to the Kokomo facility and a new facility in Peru.
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New Step Ahead program begins in Indiana and Bona Vista is involved!

Jill is appointed to new Step Ahead program governor's council. Bona Vista opens a group home on North Broadway in Peru.
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Another expansion at 1220 E Laguna!

Bona Vista opens the new 7,000 sq. ft. addition to East Laguna Street in November.
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Bona Vista builds new programming building in Peru!

Bona Vista at Gateway moves into the newly built 105 South Benton Street facility.
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In-Home Early Childhood Intervention services begin at Bona Vista!

Bona Vista begins providing early childhood intervention services in homes. The Bona Vista Angel Sale begins, thanks to a partnership with Z92Five and WIOU. The angel Shining Star makes its first appearance.
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Soupley’s “The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting” to benefit Bona Vista begins !

Soupley's Wine and Spirits starts "The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting" to benefit Bona Vista. Sycamore Financial begins the "Penny Harvest" later named "The Coin Harvest" to benefit Bona Vista. Gateway/Bona Vista renames two of its services, Positive Results Therapies and Keys For Kids Preschool.
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Peru expands to include Keys for Kids!

Bona Vista opens Keys for Kids daycare service in Peru.
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Bona Vista receives it’s first Early Head Start programming grant!

Bona Vista receives Early Head Start grant to help fill the needs of pregnant women and children birth to three years of age who meet low-income standards. Bona Vista makes and sells "Valentine Bears" Positive Results Therapies opens a facility on East Hoffer in Kokomo. Bona Vista on Benton Street in Peru offers free developmental screenings.
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KFK preschool has it’s first Graduating Class!

Keys For Kids Preschool holds its first graduation in Kokomo. The Laguna Street playground is built.
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Grant starts EHS parenting program!

A grant is received through Bona Vista's Early Head Start Program to develop a free parenting program for Early Head Start and Head Start families. This is the beginning of an education piece through EHS that grows to be a key part of EHS through the years. OBRA (Omni-Bus Reconciliation Act of 1987) is started at Bona Vista, which provides transportation for adults living in nursing homes to necessary services.
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Bona Vista receives a new building for BVI!

Bona Vista receives the building at 1221 South Plate Street in Kokomo from Miller Beverage Company. Renovation begins in February and is completed in August. Positive Results Therapies opens outpatient office at Miami Medical Plaza in Peru. Bona Vista begins Parent's Night Out, Sizzling Summer Science and other enrichment classes for children.
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The Box Store becomes part of Bona Vista!

The Box Store becomes part of the Bona Vista family. Bona Vista's Kids Construction Zone offers constructive community activities and enrichment classes.
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Child Care Solutions program is started at Bona Vista!

Bona Vista receives a grant through Child Care Resource and Referral and establishes Child Care Solutions. Amie Shurig is the first recipient of The Betsy Mason Scholarship fund for students accepted into a speech and hearing program at an accredited college or university. The City of Firsts Kiwanis Aktion Club, established by consumers working at Bona Vista Industries, begins regular meetings at Bona Vista at the Crossing. The American Montessori...
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Bona Vista earns NAEYC accreditation!

Early Head Start earns the NAEYC accreditation for programs that meet the highest quality in early childhood programs. Bona Vista purchases preschool computer lab equipment through a grant from Tech Point Foundation of Indiana. First art project event entitled "Steers on the Square." "Putt-Around-Kokomo" special event begins.
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Bona Vista presents “The Dog Days of Summer”, its second art project event!

Bona Vista presents "The Dog Days of Summer", its second art project event. Bona Vista Industries becomes ISO 9001 - 2000 certified. This achievement opens up international job possibilities for Bona Vista's consumers. Bona Vista receives the NAEYC accreditation for their full-day preschool program. Bona Vista moves WorkForce Diversity office to the newest building on the corner of Buckeye and Walnut in downtown Kokomo.
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Bona Vista begins Last One Standing Dodge Ball Challenge fund raiser!

The "Last One Standing Dodge Ball Challenge" annual fundraiser begins. Auction-Packed is acquired and joins already established Box Store. American Montessori Academy opens at Laguna Street facility. Bona Vista presents "Beautiful Benches," its third art project event. The Bona Vista Foundation is established.
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Habitat for Humanity home built for a family who receives services at Bona Vista!

Habitat for Humanity home built for a family who receives services at Bona Vista. The Adapt-Abilities program begins. Mobility Solutions, a driving evaluation program, is established. WorkForce Diversity begins School to Work Transition Program to help high school students transition into the workforce. Child Care Solutions occupies the third floor of the Buckeye Street building, donated by attorneys Bayliff, Harrigan, Cord & Maugans, P.C. The WorkForce Diversity School to Work...
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Bona Vista establishes Positive Results for Kids!

St. Joseph Hospital purchases Positive Results Therapies in Howard County from Bona Vista Programs. Bona Vista establishes Positive Results for Kids and begins focusing on additional services for children with autism. The Bona Vista Foundation holds its Tapas for Tots fundraising event. Positive Results for Kids offers free parent education classes.
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Bona Vista starts The Cinderella Ball!

Cinderella Ball, a Foundation event, begins. Bona Vista holds the 11th annual event at the Kokomo Country Club. EHS receives expansion funding. The Box Store now offers metered mail and courier service. EHS Federal Review. The agency intranet was established.
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Paths To QUALITY press conference and provider level recognition!

Paths To QUALITY press conference and provider level recognition. The Box Store & Auction Packed move to a new location, 1226 E. Hoffer St. Early Childhood Service began a Kindergarten Readiness program for children ages four and five years old. New agency trademark was announced. Bona Vista luncheon held featuring Oz Nelson, former UPS Chairman and CEO.
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The building at 1800 S. Plate St is donated to Bona Vista!

Two new group homes in Kokomo begin. "A Knight to Remember" Mother & Son special event begins. The building at 1800 S. Plate St was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Max Hinkle. Adapt-Abilities and Personal Care Services will operate out of the Hinkle building.
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Personal Care Services begin at Bona Vista!

Personal Care Services began in May. A satellite office was opened at 593 Westfield Drive in Noblesville. WorkForce Diversity and Supported Living Services are offered to the community. A new event, Baby and Kids Expo, is announced. Supported Living Services at Bona Vista begins offering Participant Assistance Care.
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The Vista’s open for Supported Living persons served!

"The Vista" houses across from BVI are completed and marks Bona Vista's first supported Living model project. Bona Vista opens Imagine That! Innovation Center at 1800 S. Plate Street in Kokomo. Bona Vista was named a finalist for the 99th Annual Celebration of Commerce and Community--Large Business of the Year! Due to a tornado that destroyed the building, The Imagine That! Innovation Center begins operating out of a temporary location...
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Bona Vista starts a new pre-vocational training program!

Bona Vista starts a new pre-vocational training program. The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting event celebrates 20 years of raising funds for Bona Vista. The plans to rebuild the Imagine That! building begins in the Summer of 2014!
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Bona Vista kicked off their first crowd funding site!

In March, Bona Vista kicked off their first crowd funding site, gofundme.com/bvrebuild to help raise much needed funds for the Imagine That! building. We also broke ground at the 1800 S. Plate St. Imagine That! location. Bona Vista launches new and improved website on April 1. The "Laguna Commons" homes Bona Vista's second set of homes for individuals receiving Supported Living services begins. A new adult day service "Sky's The...
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Bona Vista receives $50,000 for preschool programming through Early Learning Indiana!

Bona Vista receives $50,000 for preschool programming through Early Learning Indiana. The Laguna Commons supported living homes are completed. Bona Vista holds Once Upon a Time: Frozen in August, father and daughter fund raising event. New adult day services continue to be added at Bona Vista including A.I.M. (Action, Inspired and Motivated) and BV Bistro. Bona Vista's new building at 1800 S Plate opens April 20th and the Community Connections...
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Bona Vista develops a new job traing program called Opportunity Knocks!

Bona Vista develops a new job training program called Opportunity Knocks! Bona Vista begins a new casino style fund raising event called Viva Las Vista. Bona Vista breaks ground on it's third supported living housing project at Meridian Park. Bona Vista opens a state licensed infant and toddler preschool class room. Bona Vista opens two gift stores and an online etsy store for persons served to sell their products that...
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Jill Dunn announces retirement!

Jill Dunn announces retirement from CEO/President position of Bona Vista Programs after 42 years of service through the agency. On My Way Pre-K enrollment open spots are available through state funding to provide free preschool to eligible families, Bona Vista's Key for Kids Preschool is a qualifying facility. Bona Vista's board of directors name Brianne Boles as the new CEO/President. Bona Vista celebrates 60th anniversary. Meridian Park, Bona Vista's third...
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