A) The VISTA Center
started in 1985. The Center, for years under a wing of a municipal department, has matured to stand alone as a respected,
effective non-profit organization.
The Center's Director is very familiar with guidelines, as he has been operating
programs for many years. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Psych/Education, and has completed graduate studies in the field of
counseling and social work.
The Literacy Coordinator has 15 years with the VISTA Center and holds a teaching certificate.
He has been responsible for planning and implementing educational programs and coaches regarding job readiness. The Director
worked closely with past fiscal agents within City Departments, and now does with Monitors and Vista's Board.
Staff Assistant, with over 15 years, is an expert at referrals and creative support methodology.
B) The VISTA Center,
because of it's unique role, has established many strong working relationships throughout the Flint community.
working agreements have been forged with Genesee County Community Mental Health through referrals, GCCARD, via the Homeless
Outreach (which refers homeless people), as well as working relationships with service providers such as Carriage Town Mission,
Shelter of Flint, and Catholic Charities.
The Center has also developed a working relationship with the United Way,
which provides participants with access to the Food Bank, and in some cases, emergency housing at area motels. The Center
has established working relationships with area nursing programs to provide health screenings. The Ruth Mott Foundation and
Flint Arts Council have also collaborated with Vista for Enrichment and Beautification Projects.
The program expanded
from that of a social drop-in facility to one that assists in addressing client needs through a holistic approach, using and
combination of structured and unstructured time. The Center has received state and national recognition
for its services from the Municipal League and the National Organization on Disability.
C) The VISTA Centers exists
in an incredible location - a former senior community center owned by the City. Disabled and low-income adults have a large
center surrounded by a park, on Thread Lake.