BeauVita joins forces with Stepping Stones

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BeauVita services for adults with disabilities became part of the growing Stepping Stones Inc. family Jan. 1.

BeauVita board president Mike Morency said the 2-year-old BeauVita West adult services program is at capacity, with 37 clients and eight staff, and has a long waiting list.

“We wanted to expand, but we didn’t have the resources,” said Morency. “Stepping Stones has the resources and a fantastic reputation. This is definitely a win-win situation.”

The new site is called Stepping Stones’ BeauVita West campus.

Both agencies provided similar day programming for adults with developmental disabilities, including community excursions, recreational activities and life skills. The new configuration expands the scope of services to people with a wider range of disabilities, said Stepping Stones executive director Chris Adams.

Three BeauVita board members will join the Stepping Stones board, and the BeauVita staff is expected to remain in place. Joining the board are Carolyn Ross, who oversees BeauVita’s activity programming, and BeauVita board members Julie Dunford and Mike Ricke.

BeauVita’s management is all volunteer, with eight paid staff members providing services.

Stepping Stones is a $4.7 million United Way partner agency serving more than 1,000 children, teens and adults with disabilities at three campuses. The BeauVita West campus at 5195 North Bend Road in Monfort Heights is Stepping Stones’ fourth campus. Other sites are in Indian Hill, Batavia and Norwood.

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