Starting next month, Bona Vista will be giving its Plate Street building a facelift.
According to a press release, the renovation will allow the nonprofit to expand its adult day program options into the vacant 27,000-square-feet inside the manufacturing facility.
“With the shift in the manufacturing programming within our industry, we have this unoccupied space that can now be used in a different, more efficient way within our services to benefit the community and those with disabilities,” stated Brianne Boles, CEO/president of Bona Vista Programs.
The new layout will include a gym/recreational area to offer gross motor opportunities, a sensory room to help with behavior management, an art creation room to allow for exploration into individual’s imaginations, an art gallery to display their pieces that will be open to the community, a computer room to help keep the population on the cutting edge of new technology, and three additional classrooms that will house programs that will focus on learning daily living skills and habilitation to help individuals with disabilities live and thrive in the community.
“The ultimate goal of this project is to expand and offer innovative programs for those with disabilities right here in the heart of our community. This will allow for families, loved ones, and those individuals with disabilities to remain in Kokomo and continue to be contributing members of our community. We can’t wait to see how this will benefit those we serve and how we can partner with others in our community to use this space,” said Boles.
The community will be able to partner with Bona Vista and utilize some of the above-mentioned spaces, along with other agencies that Bona Vista partners with to provide wrap-around services for the adults in their programs.
The additional space created by the movement of the Adult Day Programs into the new area also will allow Bona Vista to expand one program of its WorkForce Diversity community employment services. The build will incorporate a nice space for the Pre-Employment Transition Services as additional options for transition-age youth 14 to 22 years old. The renovation project is slated to wrap up in late spring.