PERU, Ind. – Bona Vista Programs and Ivy Tech Community College are joining in an innovative collaboration to offer adult day habilitation services at the College’s Peru Instructional Site at 425 N. Main St. After the recent sale of Bona Vista’s Benton Street location, Ivy Tech’s Peru facility is now the primary site for Bona Vista’s Miami County Programs, specifically the operations of their adult day programming for people with intellectual and developmental delays. Within this facility, the adult program will occupy two classrooms and the cafeteria area and participants will have access to Ivy Tech’s state-of-the-art kitchen area, computer lab and auditorium.
The partnership between Ivy Tech and Bona Vista is designed to promote the inclusion of adults with disabilities by housing the programs within a community building. Services are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“This opportunity aligns directly with our mission, which promotes inclusion, independence and encouragement,” said Brianne Boles, CEO/president of Bona Vista Programs. “Moving our programs to Ivy Tech allows us to continue to provide high quality, unduplicated services in the Miami County area, as we have for decades.”
Ivy Tech Chancellor Dean McCurdy welcomed Bona Vista to the site, noting this partnership will also provide opportunities for work-and-learn experiences for Ivy Tech Nursing students in Peru and other students in our service area.
From Left to Right: Carol, Michael, Marisa and Joe enjoy their first day at Ivy Tech Peru Campus.
“We are pleased that these spaces can be put to work in such a constructive manner,” McCurdy said. “This kind of partnership fits perfectly into Ivy Tech’s commitment ‘to put community back in community college.’”
Bona Vista and Ivy Tech have scheduled an open house for 4:00pm on Nov. 13th, for families, friends, and the community to see the collaboration firsthand.
The following programs and services also continue to be provided by Bona Vista in Miami County: WorkForce Diversity Employment Program, Pre-Employment Transition services, First Steps pediatric therapy services, Early Head Start Home Visiting Services, Residential Programming, Community Integration Habilitation Services, Participant Assistance Care Services, Respite Services, Behavior Management Services and Supported Living Services.
To learn more about the programs at Bona Vista in Peru, call 765-473-6744 or visit www.bonavista.org.