Vista Life Innovations
107 Bradley Road
Madison CT 06443
Contact Information
Address 107 Bradley Road
Madison, CT 06443-
Telephone (860) 399-8080 x
Fax 203-245-5181
E-mail moshea@vistalifeinnovations.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Providing services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
Volunteer at Retail Gift Store! 
Creations is a retail gift store located in Downtown Madison owned and operated by Vista. Products from over 100 independent makers are sold in the store. All products are sourced from the northeast region of the U.S. We are seeking volunteers to help out in the store operating the register, inventorying products, assisting customers and gift wrapping items. 
For more information, please contact Alyssa Kellogg at 203-245-0164.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
Vista of Westbrook
Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Helen K. Bosch
Board Chair Alan Sylvestre CFP, CRPC
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Providing services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success.
Background

Vista Life Innovations is a fully accredited, nationally recognized, post-secondary program for adults with neurological disabilities. Founded in 1989 as an alternative to a traditional college education, Vista has grown into a dynamic and innovative program serving over200 individuals. Vista student/members have an array of neurological disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental delay, acquired brain injury, seizure disorders, attention deficit disorder, and learning disabilities.

Vista offers a community-based training program designed for individuals who would like to succeed at work and independent living, and who are seeking a nontraditional program to address their needs. Vista helps students transition to adulthood and to learn the social and vocational skills necessary to live as independently as possible.

Vista’s philosophy views each individual holistically and takes each student’s success seriously. Each is given the opportunity to do his or her best through a comprehensive program tailored to meet individual needs. Life skills instruction, vocational training, program counseling, and many levels of support services are offered.

Impact

Select accomplishments from the past year include the following items:

1. In the past fiscal year, Vista Life Innovations provided 46,265 hours of counseling/case management to our students and members. 

2. In the past fiscal year, Vista Life Innovations provided 63,496 hours of life skills instruction to our students and members.

3. In the past fiscal year, Vista Life Skills Innovations provided 22,917 of job coaching to our students and members.

4. In the past fiscal year, Vista Life Innovations provided 39,419 hours of student support counseling and overnight response to our students and members.

Select goals for the current year include:

1. Expand arts programming for Vista's Create program, (an arts program developed and run by Vista that follows the Vista philosophy, is inclusive and noncompetitive in nature)

2. Optimize the use of public transportation for all Vista student/members through collaboration with local transportation organizations while concurrently building the capacity of Vista provided transportation services allowing for the independence of our student/members.

3. Improve Vista's service delivery model so that it meets the diverse needs and enhances the lives of Vista student/members by utilizing existing local resources, including developing collaborative relationships, to maximize opportunities. 
Needs

1. Capital in support of improvements in technology and corresponding infrastructure.

2. Capital for an electronic Case Management System and related technology.

3. Capital for funding of a “medical home” model. Vista student/members have significant health issues and difficulty making and following through with care plans. They often see many medical practitioners who do not communicate well. This can result in poor outcomes, but great cost. Having a mechanism to pay primary care practitioners to oversee and coordinate the medical care, as well as medical advocates who accompany the students and members to medical appointments would go a long way toward providing better care at less expense

4. Funding in support of the Vista Endowment

5. Support for Collaborative Employment Opportunities for Vista student/members. These opportunities include the completion of trail work, clean up, repair and other building projects at state and federal parks that have indicated a need for these types of initiatives.

CEO Statement

Dear Friends of Vista, 

Recently, I was in the parking lot of the local grocery store loading my just purchased groceries into the back of my car.  As I reached to shut the hatchback, a large 2-gallon water dispenser fell on my sandaled foot.  I yelped with pain and surprise.  From behind me, I heard a pleasant and very concerned voice…”Excuse me; how can I help you?  That must have hurt.  I work here and I am happy to get someone to assist you or I can pick up your water if you wish.”  I turned and came face to face with Kyle, one of our Outreach members.  Kyle was as surprised to see that it was me as I was that it was her.  And this was meaningful to me.  I asked Kyle if she had known that it was me when she had offered help and she indicated that she had not.  When I exclaimed that I was so pleased that she would reach out to a customer with that level of concern and empathy, she emphatically and somewhat reproachfully stated “Our job here is to make sure our customers are happy and I wanted to make sure you got the help that you needed."

 

Kyle had come to my aid not because I am the Executive Director of Vista but because I am a local customer of the store in which she is employed.  She would have come to the aid of any customer.  Kyle takes pride in her work and sees herself as a contributing member of that workplace.  That was the message that was so meaningful.  This small moment showed me so much.  This small moment reaffirmed for me that our students and members go beyond seeing themselves as solely carrying out tasks of Vista.  They slowly but surely learn to carry out the tasks of life.  The tasks of independence.  The tasks of inclusion.

 

Suddenly, the throbbing in my foot was replaced with pride and a certain satisfaction in knowing that Vista students and members are well trained, skillful, and contributing members of the Shoreline community.  This young woman, like the other 191 individuals who crossed Vista’s path last year, has learned the lessons which our more than 120 employees strive to teach. This is a lesson that goes beyond the basic paying of bills, learning how to do laundry, or carrying out the duties assigned as a worker.  Kyle has learned that she is important.  That she matters.  That she can make a difference.

 

This lesson is the lesson which is inherent in the fabric of Vista.  Our motto is “Where Independence Begins and Success Flourishes”.  Success is defined by moments like these.   Moments when, the adults who enter Vista unsure and unskilled, suddenly become the helpers, the responsible ones, the contributors.  This is what we are about.  This is why we exist. We have many individuals who have supported us and who have helped with this cause.  We thank each and every one of you because without you, individuals like Kyle would not know how it feels to be an important member of her community.  How it feels to make a difference.  How it feels to matter.

 

Thank you for your tireless efforts and contributions.  Thank you for your genuine interest and enthusiasm.  Thank you for each little action you take.  They add up to making a huge impact.  Let’s all celebrate the “Kyles” in our lives. Let’s all celebrate their and, in turn, our success.

 

Sincerely,

Helen K. Bosch, M.S.

Executive Director

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Special Education
Areas Served
Branford
Guilford
Madison
Shoreline

With operations in Guilford, Madison, Clinton and Westbrook, Vista  Life Innovations is a Connecticut shoreline organization providing services and supports to student/members living in towns from Branford to Old Saybrook, CT.

Programs
Description Vista is a post secondary program for adults with disabilities.  The mission of the Vista program is to provide services and resources on an individualized basis to assist adults with disabilities to live an independent and successful life.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

All Vista students and members are evaluated twice yearly in an Individual Program Plan (IPP) Review. Vista monitors and evaluates individual success through the use of a functional rating scale.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The Vista program focuses on the “whole person” in four major areas: vocational, life skills, cognitive and social skills, and community involvement. Each student has a counselor to assist in developing and achieving individual goals. All staff members work as a team to teach various skills. Vista works with each individual to foster a meaningful work experience. All staff helps students establish satisfactory relationships and develop positive self-esteem and confidence. Students at Vista are considered to be a family and are taught to trust and respect each other. Being interdependent in one's community is an integral part of independence. Students, their families, and Vista's staff form a team to support successful attainment of goals. Vista believes learning is life-long, always providing opportunities for growth.

As stated, education at Vista is focused on four areas: vocational, life skills, cognitive and social development, and community involvement. Students are immersed in the learning environment of Vista and learn by doing the actual tasks. Conceptual discussions to support learned skills are provided in small, interactive groups and seminars, or in one-to-one meetings. All Vista staff counsel and provide continuous feedback and support as students learn to navigate their daily lives and apply new skills.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Vista consistently evaluates the program’s success in a variety of ways including the following.

 
All Vista students and members are evaluated twice yearly in an Individual Program Plan (IPP) Review. Vista monitors and evaluates success through the use of a functional rating scale. 

All functional skills are continually assessed and rated on a four-point rubric as follows:

  1. Pre-emerging:             

Is unable to meet the standard, despite any amount of staff assistance or intervention (most frequently receives a score of "1" on the Functional Skills Rating Scale)

  1. Emerging:       

Is able to meet the standard with extensive staff assistance or intervention (most frequently receives a score of "2" on the Functional Skills Rating Scale)

  1. Achieving:                  

Is able to meet the standard with extensive staff assistance or intervention (most frequently receives a score of "3" on the Functional Skills Rating Scale)

  1. Mastered:                   

Is able to meet the standard with extensive staff assistance or intervention (most frequently receives a score of "4" on the Functional Skills Rating Scale)

 

A multitude of data is also analyzed twice yearly through Vista’s rigorous Program Evaluation to determine if Program Outcome Goals are met. 

 

Additionally, a satisfaction survey is also distributed for completion to Vista student/members and the parents of Vista student/members on an annual basis.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

The following items show the results of annual satisfaction surveys completed by Vista student/members and parents of Vista student/members when evaluating the services provided by the Vista program.

 

Student/Member Satisfaction                                            

Percentages of Responses to Student/Member Survey

 

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Vocational Services

94%

6%

Job Development

88%

12%

Life Skills Services

96%

4%

Program Counseling

97%

3%

Support Counseling

95%

5%

Teachers

91%

9%

 

Students and members expressed general satisfaction for each type of Vista service surveyed.

 

Parent satisfaction

Percentages of Responses to survey

Service Area

Very Satisfied

Satisfied

Neutral

Dissatisfied

Very Dissatisfied

Program Counseling

58%

33%

5%

5%

0%

Program Counselor Communication

77%

16%

0%

7%

0%

Life Skills

36%

54%

5%

5%

0%

Vocational

35%

27%

27%

11%

0%

Recreation

27%

57%

16%

0%

0%

Transportation

52%

36%

7%

2%

2%

After hours supports

41%

39%

2%

0%

0%

Management

61%

32%

7%

1%

0%

Board of Directors

60%

25%

14%

1%

0%

 

Parents rated various services provided on a 5-point rating scale ranging from very dissatisfied to very satisfied. The results indicated that 79% of all ratings were either very satisfied or satisfied. The results of the Parent Survey indicate a general satisfaction with services at Vista. 

 

 

CEO/Executive Director
Helen K. Bosch
Term Start Jan 1991
Email hbosch@vistalifeinnovations.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 99
Number of Part Time Staff 90
Number of Volunteers 45
Staff Retention Rate 86%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 177
Hispanic/Latino 5
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 137
Female 51
Unspecified 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Comments
CEO Comments Please note that we have two types of volunteers. Volunteers that are working closely with our students and members go through a comprehensive screening process while individuals that volunteer at our events or in other general capacities do not go through this process.
Board Chair
Alan Sylvestre CFP, CRPC
Company Affiliation Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Term Oct 2016 to Oct 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Keith Ainsworth
Don Anderson ESQBrenner, Saltzman & Wallman LLP
Andrea Barouh
Mary Bates
Kevin Butler MBARussell Reynolds
Tom Girard Zane's Cycles
Marietta Lee
Leslie Malimson MS
Emma Misstear
Dennis Perkins PhD
Deborah Quinn Valley Shore YMCA
Edward G. Riley II CRCWells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Richard Rowlenson Retired
Steven Siegelaub ESQBerkowitz, Trager & Trager, LLC
Roger Stikeleather
Anne Tedstone Guilford Savings Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 7
Unspecified 1
Board Co-Chair
Steven Siegelaub ESQ
Company Affiliation Berkowitz, Trager & Trager, LLC
Term Oct 2016 to Oct 2018
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $9,309,313.00
Projected Expenses $9,287,663.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$971,310$673,488$2,071,854
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$8,202,025$7,517,864$7,002,696
Investment Income, Net of Losses$45,974$88,432$12,734
Membership Dues------
Special Events$166,100$82,380$73,815
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$45,697$25,300$13,900
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$6,893,597$6,329,449$5,859,458
Administration Expense$1,336,781$1,091,645$996,928
Fundraising Expense$288,001$257,701$277,766
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.091.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%82%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%34%13%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$10,665,276$9,433,051$8,817,933
Current Assets$1,769,397$1,414,076$1,578,085
Long-Term Liabilities$1,063,721$905,257$913,325
Current Liabilities$1,293,806$1,085,443$1,132,765
Total Net Assets$8,307,749$7,442,351$6,771,843
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountStencil Ease $23,730CT Dept. of Dev. Services $1,796,568CT Dept. of Dev. Services $1,669,628
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHigh Hopes Therapeutic Riding $16,800CT Dept. of Mental Health & Addition Services $163,685CT Dept. of Mental Health & Addition Services $112,485
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --NJ Dept. of Dev. Disabilities $122,612NJ Dept. of Dev. Disabilities $109,886
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.371.301.39
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%10%10%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 107 Bradley Road
Madison, CT 06443
Primary Phone 860 399-8080
CEO/Executive Director Helen K. Bosch
Board Chair Alan Sylvestre CFP, CRPC
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

 

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