Vista has long called the Westbrook community home—nearly 30 years, to be exact. As an expression of gratitude to the town and its residents for incorporating Vista students and members into the fabric of the community, Vista was proud to make a recent financial contribution to the town.
As a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the personal success of individuals with disabilities, Vista is exempt from paying property tax. Being proud and active members of the Westbrook community, however, Vista strives to make annual donations in lieu of property tax.
"Vista is fortunate to be partners with the Westbrook community, which allows our young men and women to thrive," Vista CEO Helen Bosch said. "This gift is confirmation of our appreciation for all the town and its residents do to include those with disabilities."
Giving back is a fundamental philosophy embraced by Vista students, members and staff alike. Whether donating to a local food pantry, hosting a blood drive or volunteering to clean up roadside litter, Vista actively seeks opportunities to support to its local communities and neighbors.
In addition to the donation, Vista was also proud to lead the installation of crosswalk signals on Boston Post Road near the Settlers Landing condominiums—which is home to 26 Vista members—and Chapman Beach Road. The crosswalk signals, installed earlier this month, were approved and paid for by the Settlers Landing Condominium Association in partnership with Vista in an effort to improve safety for all pedestrians in the area.
New crosswalk signals installed on Route 1 in Westbrook by Vista and the Settlers Landing Condominium Association.
"Vista has become an integral part of the community," Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop said. "This is but one of [Vista's] continuing commitments to Westbrook."
With regard to Vista's recent donation in lieu of property tax, Bishop said the money will be used to benefit other nonprofits and town programs that provide essential services to many residents, such as Westbrook Social Services and the homeless shelter.