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A Bosma Enterprises Magazine
Bosma Enterprises Logo, Navigating Blindness
Summer/Fall, Issue 13
COVER PHOTO: Grand oprning of the new exercise room at Woodland Center.
NEW FACILITY BRINGS NEW OPPORTUNITIES - PG 4
SALESFORCE + BOSMA ENTERPRISES = SUCCESS - PG 9
Inside Front Cover: LOU’S VIEWS
AHEAD IN 2018
As we end the fiscal year, I am proud of our accomplishments and excited about the future of Bosma Enterprises®.
In early July, Bosma Enterprises welcomed Master Sgt. (ret.) Jeffrey Mittman as the new chief operating officer. Jeff’s experience will be an asset as our company grows and looks for new, innovative ways to continue to further our mission. His journey to our organization has been incredible and I encourage you to read his story on page 10.
I am also excited to share we have continued to deliver on our commitment to upward mobility. Lise Pace has been promoted to vice president of marketing and advocacy. In total, five other people who are blind or visually impaired moved up through the ranks at Bosma Enterprises this year.
Lastly, I am announcing that after more than 50 years of working in the field of blindness, I have decided to retire effective July 31, 2019. The Board of Directors will begin a search soon and anticipate having my successor in place by the time of my departure.
I am honored to have worked with so many fantastic and inspiring people. It is a bittersweet decision. However, after 17-and-a-half years with Bosma, I know it is the right time for the next person to take the helm.
Thank you for your support over the years.
Lou Moneymaker, President and CEO
PAGE 1: BOSMA VISIONARY OPPORTUNITIES FOUNDATION HASBROOK EVENT AD
The Hasbrook Award Luncheon, now in its 20th year, honors one of Indiana’s greatest advocates for people with disabilities. The luncheon is hosted by Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation,® whose mission is to support rehabilitation, education, training and employment services offered by Bosma Enterprises.
Thomas C. Hasbrook Lost his sight in World War II, but that did not stop him from achieving great things. The father of six children, Tom worked at Eli Lilly, served as deputy mayor under Richard Lugar, and was very involved in his community.
Mr. Hasbrook served on numerous boards of
not-for-profit organizations, including the Star Fund of the Central Indiana Newspapers Foundation, the Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation, Easter Seals Crossroads, Central Indiana Radio Reading Service, the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Bosma Industries for the Blind.
PAGE 2: ANSELL AD
Page 3: CONTENTS
4 NEW FACILITIES. NEW OPPORTUNITIES.
Bosma Enterprises opens its new state-of-the-art Center for Visionary Solutions for the Blind
9 SALESFORCE + BOSMA ENTERPRISES = SUCCESS
Bosma Enterprises introduces Salesforce training for people who
are blind to pursue careers in this field
10 JEFFERY MITTMAN’S STORY: THE MILITARY, BLINDNESS AND FACING ADVERSITY
Master Sergeant (ret.) Mittman, Bosma Enterprises’ new chief
operating officer, shares his story
14 COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Bosma Enterprises launches a new Commercial Products &
16 RUNNING THE BASES!
19 BOSMA ENTERPRISES STORMS CAPITOL HILL AND
THE INDIANA STATEHOUSE
20 VISION REHAB 101
24 WELCOMING DONORS TO THE NEW CENTER
28 THIRD-PARTY FUNDRAISERS BOOST SUPPORT
30 BUSINESS HONOR ROLL BULLETIN
32 2018 DINING IN THE DARK RECAP
NEW FACILITY. NEW OPPORTUNITIES.
PHOTOS: GUESTS LEARNING ABOUT THE NEW FACILITY AND ENJOYING MINGLING AND TREATS.
“This new name for our rehabilitation center showcases our efforts. We set the standard for the rehabilitation of people who are blind or visually impaired, as a national center of excellence.”
–Lou Moneymaker, president and CEO, Bosma Enterprises
THE CENTER FOR VISIONARY SOLUTIONS FOR THE BLIND OPEN HOUSE
May 9, 2018, Bosma Enterprises hosted a grand opening marking the completion of its state-of-the-art Center for Visionary Solutions for the Blind at Woodland Drive. The celebration marked the culmination of a
two-year facilities and services expansion that began with the renovation and move to the new Corporate Drive location last year.
“This new name for our rehabilitation center showcases our efforts. We set the standard for the rehabilitation of people who are blind or visually impaired, as a national center of excellence,” remarked Lou Moneymaker, president and CEO of Bosma Enterprises.
Realizing the dream of this new facility, along with Corporate Drive, didn’t come without work and tenacity from a team of dedicated people. Lise Pace, vice president of marketing and advocacy, presented Indiana State Representative Bob Heaton with the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award. “Representative Heaton championed legislation that strengthened the Ability Indiana Program and modernized it which will open doors for more employment opportunities for people with disabilities,“ she explained.
Arvetta Jideonwo, executive director of Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation, recounted the financial journey required to get to this special day.
“Just over a year ago at Dining in the Dark, we announced that United Way of Central Indiana had given us a grant of $750,000 to cover half of the renovation costs of the new Center for Visionary Solutions for the Blind,” Arvetta explained. She gratefully recognized Gary Woodworth and Sara Zike from United Way who were in attendance.
“At our 2017 Dining in the Dark, we raised over $120,000 to help with the renovations of this building. And gifts continued to come in. I’m pleased to announce that over 50 percent of this project was made possible through philanthropic support, not only from United Way but also from our Business Honor Roll and individual supporters,” she continued.
All of these efforts made possible a facility that is 50 percent larger, decreasing the wait time for new clients and providing more space for programs and employment services. This has allowed for innovative approaches to training.
During the grand opening event, James Michaels, vice president of programs services, encouraged everyone to walk through the facility. “Space isn’t the only reason we needed this new Center. Technology is advancing and we need to incorporate that into our training. You’ll see new computer workstations, modern appliances and more advanced technology throughout the Center–all critically important for training,” said James.
In the past two years, there have been significant changes in state funding. Because of the shortfall this created, Bosma Enterprises had to develop more efficient ways to serve clients. This facility has opened doors to make this possible.
The Personal Management and Training Rooms have grown to include a fully equipped kitchen with two types of stoves, a complete bathroom, laundry room and bedroom for training in
day-to-day living skills.
A new Wellness Center, sponsored by the Business Honor Roll, Bosma’s corporate sponsorship program, provides a workout room. Clients receive coaching on the fitness equipment so that they can go to gyms anywhere and get on the road to good health.
The expansion has made additional room available for labs, instructors, classrooms and counselors. And, in the middle of it all is an impressive Assistive Technology Lab that focuses on the latest computer, smartphone and app training.
Other features of the Center include the Artis Dobson Lighting Lab, an impressive Manual Skills training room, and offices for Bosma Connections, Communications Training, Adjustment Counseling, Community-Based Services and administration.
Open House attendees were amazed during their tour of the new facility. Words like amazing, exciting and unbelievable filled the hallways as they entered each new area. It was a day that marked the successful end of construction and the beginning of unlimited possibilities for Bosma Enterprises’ clients and employees.
Pages 7-8: Midwest Eye Institute, Yellow Cab ad; Impact ad
SALESFORCE + BOSMA = SUCCESS
PHOTOS: ROBERT TAYLOR, a student participating in the first BosmaForce program, is grateful for the doors Bosma will open in securing a position in the tech industry.
Bosma Enterprises recently launched an innovative training program to prepare people with disabilities for high-demand careers as Salesforce administrators.
“When faced with losing sight, one of the biggest concerns our clients have is how they will support themselves or their families financially,” said Lou Moneymaker, CEO. “Nationally, people who are blind or visually impaired face a 70 percent unemployment rate, so it is a real concern to ensure there are options for these people to remain independent.”
According to career website Indeed.com, there are more than 2,700 listings for Salesforce administrator positions throughout the U.S., with an average salary of more than $88,000. It is estimated that more than 150,000 companies utilize Salesforce’s popular customer relationship management (CRM) tool. It was clear the demand for people with this skill set and certification is great in the marketplace. With that 70 percent unemployment rate for people who are visually impaired, which is even higher (82 pe