Happiness Bag, Inc.

 

Happiness Bag reminds us all that inclusion is important for everyone’s success. They write that “fairness is not giving everyone the same thing, it is giving everyone what they need to succeed”.  Happiness Bag has a mission statement of ‘being dedicated to providing adapted educational and recreational services and programs that encourage the unique potential of adults and children with disabilities.’ We talked with Jodi Moan and the organization and the role she plays in it.

 

Can you give a brief description of what Happiness Bag is?

We are an educational & recreational oriented facility, providing programs and services to individuals ages 5 – adult.  Additional details can be gleaned from the attachment.

What is your involvement in the organization?

I am the Executive Director and responsible for the overall management & operation of the organization.

How did you originally get involved in the organization? 

I started with Happiness Bag a little over 34 years ago, as a direct support professional for what was supposed to have been a part-time summer job.

What is your favorite thing about Happiness Bag?

I absolutely LOVE the individuals who I work with everyday!!  They are the reason we do what we do!!

What was the original goal of Happiness Bag? If they have changed, what are the current goals?

Originally, Happiness Bag started as a touring theatre company.  When I hired on a little over 34 years ago, we started moving toward a more recreational based programming format.  We still provide recreational programs, but we are also one of the premier providers of Adult Day service, Respite care and Residential services for individuals with disabilities in the Terre Haute area.

How can people get involved with volunteering?

To get involved as a volunteer, people would just need to contact our offices or email us.

What are some of your favorite stats about the organization?

We are the only organization in the Wabash Valley to provide recreational based programs & services for individuals with disabilities; We are the only organization in the Wabash Valley to provide a summer day camp program, soleley designed for school-aged indivduals with disabilities; and we provide the single largest bowling league in the greater Terre Haute area (165 registered bowlers for the Spring 2019)

Anything else that you would like to share?

We are in the midst of a Capital Campaign for the purpose of expanding our current facility.  We have completely outgrown our current facility and are seeking funding to increase the size/space so that we might be able to provide even more individuals with opportunities in our community!

You can learn more about Happiness Bag, Inc. or get involved with the organization by visiting their website.

Emma Benner

Emma Benner

Social Media Intern

Emma is a student-athlete at Purdue University majoring in Kinesiology and on the cross country and track and field teams. She has been involved in the special needs community for many years as a coach with Special Olympics Minnesota, and  as a personal care assistant/respite sitter. She has worked in media, marketing, and journalism with various organizations. When Emma has some free time, she enjoys riding horses (she grew up doing barrel racing), baking doughnuts and cake pops (yum!), pursuing her new art interest (wood burning, painting, or drawing), or going for a long run in sunny weather (her favorite!).