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Greatest Spectacle in Tasting sets fund-raising record
Looking back through all of the articles I’ve submitted since 2016, I realized that I’ve never written a Greatest Spectacle in Tasting wrap-up…
PHOTOS: Greatest Spectacle in Tasting
The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting was held on May 18th. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the event.
Soupley’s Greatest Spectacle in Tasting rings in 25th year
Soupley's 25th annual Greatest Spectacle in Tasting took place Saturday on the grounds of Bona Vista Programs to benefit the nonprofit.
Jackrabbits game to benefit Bona Vista on May 31
We want you to come to the Jackrabbits game on May 31 versus the Kenosha Kingfish for Bona Vista Programs Night!
Bona Vista celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week
It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week! And, I’m not quite sure where to begin. Teachers, not just at Bona Vista, are so valuable. Honestly. …
Consider donating to Bona Vista while spring cleaning
The sun is finally shining on a more consistent basis, and the temperatures are slowly rising. We weren’t sure winter was ever going to end, b…
Bona Vista celebrates the Week of the Young Child
Music Monday. Tasty Tuesday. Work together Wednesday. Artsy Thursday. Family Friday. These are all of the fun days planned for the week of Apr…
Dancing Queen: Bona Vista’s Sommer Kitts offers dance fitness class for people with disabilities!
From her brightly colored tennis shoes to the tips of her outstretched fingertips, it’s impossible to take your eyes away from the joy that radiates from Sommer Kitts when she hits the dance floor.
Disabilities Awareness Basketball Game was another success
We hosted our 19th Annual Disability Awareness Basketball Game at Memorial Gym last Tuesday. It was nothing short of amazing.
Like it did decades ago, Bona Vista still needs community support!
Bona Vista wouldn’t have been able to treat children and adults without that first building; we would not exist, and thousands of parents would be without the much needed resources we provide through our programs. We need your donations to keep our 14 programs running. We are a nonprofit organization
March: The month of the Disability Awareness game!
2019 Disability Awareness Basketball! If you live in Indiana, the fact that it’s March probably brings one thought to the front of your mind – It’s almost college basketball tournament time! It’s not called Hoosier Hysteria because we are calm and quiet about our love for the sport, right? Make
Do you know about Bona Vista?
Do you know about Bona Vista? Instead of you possibly answering, “No,” “A little bit” or “Kind of,” I’m giving you the answer: Come visit us, learn about what we do for the community, and then help us spread the word!
Bona Vista Programs is preparing for a big month in March!
We are just coming off the heels of our Viva Las Vista casino night event, but there’s no time to slow down now. It’s full steam ahead into March! At Bona Vista Programs, March is a huge month. It’s not only the month we host one of our largest events, but
Getting Lucky, Viva Las Vista supports Bona Vista
Getting Lucky — The Kokomo Country Club was transformed into a casino last Friday for Bona Vista's third annual Viva Las Vista. Dealers from Sertoma Group of Broadripple manned the tables, and guests played for bragging rights and the chance to win prize packages.
Bona Vista Programs invests in its employees
One of the things I love about working for Bona Vista Programs is that I know there is room to grow here. And, when I meet with new hires in orientation, I always make a point to tell them that.
Viva Las Vista brings Las Vegas to Kokomo
Viva Las Vista is on Friday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m., Bona Vista Programs is bringing a small taste of Las Vegas to Kokomo. Elvis won’t be there, but it will be much like being in Vegas in many other ways (and not like Vegas in some other
BV recognizes longtime employees
All employees want to feel appreciated. It’s a natural human reaction not because we need the attention or want everyone to know what we have been doing, but it is nice when someone notices, validates your work, and lets you know they appreciate you.
Bona Vista has big events on the horizon
All of last year I told you about how it was Bona Vista’s 60th year in Howard County, and many of the ways we chose to celebrate that accomplishment through our events. So, where do I go from there? Into year 61. That’s where. We aren’t slowing down or stopping,
The annual Christmas party was a hit
All had fun at Bona Vista this Christmas! Well, it happened at Christmas. My most favorite day of the year at Bona Vista has come and gone. OK. That may be a slight exaggeration because there are so many amazing days here. Holiday party day is right up there at the
Sock Hop & Roll goes off without a hitch!
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Sock Hop & Roll event to benefit Bona Vista Programs that my Kokomo Area Career Center intern, Keegan Paul, was putting on and executing. I’m pleased to say that the event went off without a hitch last week, and I wanted to give
We Care Telethon returns for 46th year
Kokomo, IN ~ The We Care Telethon is returning for the 46th year this weekend. Thousands of donated items will go up for bid. All of the money raised will go for a good cause. Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 and continuing until Sunday. The 48-hour telethon will kick
Bona Vista’s free prenatal program is open to all expectant mothers
Whether you’re a first-time expectant mother or you’ve had a child before, whether you have a child enrolled in our early childhood services or you have children enrolled someplace else, whether you are working, in school, or planning to stay at home, or whether you just found out you are
Bona Vista’s Sock Hop & Roll is right around the corner
A couple of weeks ago I told you about Bona Vista’s Sock Hop & Roll event for adults with special needs that will take place on Dec. 14 at UAW Local 685. Did you read about it? I don’t want you to miss out!
Consider donating to Bona Vista this Giving Tuesday
How can you partner with Bona Vista giving on #GIVINGTUESDAY? Make sure you follow us on social media! If you’re on Facebook (@bonavistaprogramsinc), Twitter (@Bonavista_) or Instagram (@bonavsitaprograms) make sure to “Like” us and look for recent posts. If you don’t see anything that we’ve posted for awhile, you might
Get help getting on the Medicaid waiver
Get on the Medicaid waiver. That’s where. But what does that even mean? Why do you even need it? Medicaid waivers allow Medicaid (and not the parent or guardian) to fund supports and services for children and adults with disabilities. For example, if you have a child or adult with
Bona Vista puts on Sock Hop & Roll Dec. 14
It’s Bona Vista’s Sock Hop & Roll! My intern from the Kokomo Area Career Center, Keegan Paul, has developed an event for adults with disabilities (18+) to twist and shout the night away with their friends while enjoying diner-type food, a photo booth, hair/makeup styling, and so much more. Mark
Bona Vista celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is recognized nationally every October as a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
Bona Vista Athletes for All Abilites Softball Game
Last Saturday Bona Vista and IU Kokomo Baseball teamed up to play softball in the annual Athletes for All Abilities game. The event featured players from Bona Vista and IUK players.
Community offers slew of free Halloween events
Bona Vista is jumping onto the Halloween scene this year at its newly-opened Respire House. “I want to share with our community what the Respite House is all about. This gives a chance for all to see the fun-filled activities we do daily as well as take a tour of the
Bona Vista wraps up Caregiver for the Developmentally Disabled (CDD) appreciation week!
Last week I told you about National Direct Support Professionals Week. If you missed it, and all of the wonderful things I shared about what it means to be a Caregiver for the Developmentally Disabled (CDD) at Bona Vista Programs, you need to find an old copy of the newspaper
Bona Vista’s CDDs are the lifeblood of the organization
By the time you’re reading this we will be well on our way to recognizing (and high fiving) our Caregivers for the Developmentally Disabled (CDD) during National Direct Support Professionals Week (Sept. 9-15). While one week will never be enough to show them how appreciated they are, we are going
Soupley’s supports Bona Vista!
For nearly 25 years, Soupley's Wine & Spirits has helped raise funds for Bona Vista Programs during one of the community’s most well-attended events: the annual Greatest Spectacle in Tasting. The Greatest Spectacle in Tasting has raised $889,482 since 1995.
Bona Vista training helps community better understand those with disabilities
Troy Bowers sees it and hears about it all the time: some people just don’t know how to treat or interact with a person with a disability.
Bona Vista’s roots continue to grow
Bona Vista Programs started out as a simple idea based on a BIG need 60 years ago.
Longtime employees cite feeling fulfilled as a main reason for staying
When Maria Stark took a job at Bona Vista when she was 20, she didn’t realize she was starting a career. Now, at age 53, she looked back on why she stuck around.
Local couple helped get Bona Vista started 60 years ago
Bona Vista, as it’s known today, serves hundreds of children and adults annually, offers countless therapies and programs, and spans across several buildings in the community and surrounding areas.
Bona Vista Bistro is keeping busy!
The Bona Vista Bistro. You’ve heard me talk about them many times. They’ve won awards. They’ve had booths at community events. They’ve catered…
Bona Vista persons-served hit the diamond
Last year, Indiana University Kokomo Baseball Coach Matt Howard reached out to us about the possibility of getting his players involved in playing softball with persons served
Make a Halloween-themed mug in first-ever event
Make a mug! Bona Vista is going to do something it’s never done before. We hope to do it on a regular basis. We will host our first-ever B-cause It’s Art Halloween mug Bisque painting class. Proceeds will benefit the adults at Bona Vista Programs. On August 23 from 5:30 - 7:00
Bona Vista provides free developmental screenings
Bona Vista offers developmental screenings. It’s almost time for children to head back to school. If your children are anything like mine, they are not ready for school to start just yet. They’d rather soak up the sun, sleep in, and not have to worry about homework.
On My Way Pre-K grants still available for preschool
Qualifying Howard County families eligible for preschool grants this year Qualifying families can send their 4-year-old to preschool at no cost to them. The On My Way Pre-K grant has expanded in to Howard County for the first time this year. Therefore children who qualify will be able to attend preschool
Bona Vista kicks off its #60to60 birthday campaign
Birthdays are a curious thing. As a child, you anticipate your birthday. You long for the day, the gifts and the attention. Then, as you get a little older and you’ve celebrated a few decades of birthdays, they tend to lose their appeal. As an organization, though, 60 years is quite
Bona Vista celebrates its birthday
This month, it sounds like all we are doing is celebrating. And, that’s not too far from the truth! Last week I told you about Christmas in July to benefit our adult day service programs. It is still going strong, and we could still use your help. Check out our
Bona Vista Programs recognizes long-standing staff
Everyone wants to feel appreciated. It’s a natural human reaction. Not because we need the attention or want everyone to know what we have been doing, but it is nice when someone notices. Feeling appreciated comes in different forms, and not everyone wants to be recognized in the same way.
Bona Vista Programs is looking for CDDs
Who do you know that wants to find a job they love? Who do you know that loves people well? Who do you know that has a passion to serve others? Here’s what we are asking: tell the people you know that we are hiring, and we would love to
Bona Vista is getting around this summer!
If you’re anything like me, you probably started to ponder whether Mother Nature ever was going to let us have warm weather. Well, if this past week has shown us anything it’s that when she finally decides to let it happen she doesn’t play around. It is hot! That means
Meridian Park, new Bona Vista housing open
Project provides housing for 13 intellectually-delayed and physically challenged adults. Through a project with Bona Vista, Kokomo expanded its housing offerings and improved a public amenity all at once. Last week public officials, community members, and Bona Vista leadership came together for two ribbon cuttings: one for the new and improved
Bona Vista Programs is for life for many
I’ve mentioned our 60th anniversary to you in previous articles. I’ve interviewed our current CEO, Jill Dunn, about what she feels her biggest accomplishments are and what things she may have done differently. I’ve walked you through our humble beginnings to where we are today. Now, I want to introduce
Bona Vista Programs welcomes new CEO!
Brianne Boles has already worked in several departments throughout the agency. She knows the leadership staff. She knows the administrative staff. She knows the people we serve. She knows the ins and outs of the daily grind. She knows this community. She knows the nature of organizations like ours (and
Greatest Spectacle Gears Up!
Soupley’s 24th annual event to feature more than 30 restaurants, 100 wines and microbrews. Before racecars lap the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, hundreds will lap tents for Soupley’s Greatest Spectacle in Tasting.
Bona Vista Names New CEO
After a thorough interviewing process by Bona Vista’s Board of Directors, it was decided on May 11, 2018 that Brianne Boles will be taking on a new role at Bona Vista as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Bona Vista now offers respite care
When people hear about respite care, they might not know what it is, or they may just be too busy in their daily lives to take the time to find out more about it. But, respite care is nothing complicated -- it's simply relief from caregiving duties when you're looking
Betsy Mason scholarship available
April 8, 2018 - The Betsy Mason Memorial Scholarship was established in December 2002 to assist students pursuing a degree in speech pathology. The annual scholarship will be awarded this spring. Applicants must reside in Howard or surrounding counties and be accepted into a Speech and Hearing Program at the
March was a whirlwind of activity at Bona Vista
April 7, 2018 - March was a whirlwind of amazing activity at Bona Vista Programs. If you’re friends with us on Facebook or follow us on any other social media, you were able to go along with us ...
April is Autism Awareness Month
April 4, 2018 - April is Autism Awareness Month. There are so many forms of Autism that professionals have deemed it a “spectrum disorder.”
2018 Disability Awareness Basketball Game Pictorial
March 25, 2018 - Held on March 20th, 2018 in celebration of Disability Awareness month!
Bona Vista jobs run the spectrum
March 23, 2018 - Regardless of title, we all make a difference. The work we do is not easy. Yes, we have a lot of fun moments. We also have a lot of trying moments. It’s how we work together across the board that makes those moments less stressful. It’s
Disability Awareness basketball game coming up
Mar 17, 2018 - For more than 15 years, Bona Vista Programs has been putting on a Disability Awareness Basketball Game during the month of March. When I think about the number of local celebrities and Bona Vista All-Stars that have played or coached in those games over the years,
Viva Las Vista brings Vegas to the City of Firsts
March 7, 2018 - Vivaaaaaaaaa Las Vegas! There’s a good chance at some point in your life you’ve heard that Elvis Presley song. If not, go to YouTube and look it up. You can thank me later when it’s stuck in your head for the rest of eternity. What does that
Bona Vista president hanging up her hat
Feb 23, 2018 - Jill Dunn, Bona Vista Program’s CEO/president for the last 42 years, is retiring effective July 2. I wrote the introductory line to this article many times in different ways, but I figured it was best to rip off the Band Aid from the start and then
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