Becoming Independent Has Broken Ground!

We have officially broken ground on our Program Headquarters! On Friday, October 22nd, investors, community leaders, and families joined our Board of Directors, staff, and BI participants as we celebrated and honored this historic moment for Becoming Independent. Equipped with golden shovels and DesCor hard hats, BI participants gathered around to “break ground” on what will be the redeveloped campus for program services and the most significant advancement for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the history of the North Bay.

While agencies across the nation have looked to BI as a pillar of innovative curriculum, the dichotomy between our physical space and services has never been more evident as we looked to reimagine and transform our commitment to services. With programs focused on supported living and housing, educational goals, and employment opportunities, we will now have a campus that matches the caliber of services and program curriculum BI has been known for and will continue to be known for decades to come.

Embracing opportunities to think big and pursue our vision for people with IDD is not just bold, it’s attainable. We set our sights on fundraising the remaining $2M needed to transform our Program Headquarters and we are inches away from the halfway mark by securing over $900K in the past 7 months. We fully anticipate hitting the $1M milestone by the end of the year, kicking off our next phase of fundraising to hit our $2M fundraising goal.

As we continue on this journey, we look forward to sharing our progress with you. For those who are looking to make an impact and become an investor in BI’s future, we welcome you to join us. For those who have already made a personally significant gift, we thank you.


Luana Vaetoe

Chief Executive Officer