Core Value of Excellence at Creations

Core Value of Excellence at Creations

Several years ago, Vista created a set of nine Core Values that describe what is important to us as we work to impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and the broader community. For 2022, we have chosen to focus our blog series on these Core Values - telling the story of our students and members and our organization through this important and powerful lens.

December Core Value Highlight: EXCELLENCE


Vista's social enterprise, Creations, embodies the Core Value of Excellence—especially during the holiday gifting giving season. The Little Shop with a Big Heart was created in 2015 to raise awareness and funds for individuals with disabilities.

The store has an impact not only on Vista students and members by offering vocational training and employment, but also on the community. At Creations, the local community can be welcomed by Vista members and Sales Associates Amanda, Connor, Courtney, Danny, and the newest team member, Lexi.

New member of the Creations team, Discover student Lexi.

Creations has operated with the premise and their coined mantra…Shopping Well and Doing Good…where each purchase supports the lives of individuals with disabilities….especially during the holiday season. This initiative continues to inspire shoppers and even community members to volunteer in the store, working alongside Vista students and members.

Assistant Store Manager Elisabeth Shaughnessy and Vista Sales Associate and Engage member Amanda assist Vista staff member Brittany Czajkowski with holiday shopping.

This year, seven community members have joined the Creations team in their mission-driven efforts. Creations' newest volunteer, Eileen Clark, is no stranger to the Downtown Madison shop. She shares how the store inspires her and others: “As a Vista parent, Board Member, and Creations artist, I am genuinely in awe of what Creations does. When I explain to the customers that their purchase has double the impact-one on the person receiving their gift and one on Vista programming that supports the needs of students and members-the customers are thrilled to learn they are part of such an excellent cause.”

Vista parent, Board Member, and Creations volunteer Eileen Clark supporting the Creations team during the holiday season.

To learn more about Creations visit the store located at 698 Boston Post Road Madison or online at We hope you enjoyed reading about this worthy cause that strives for excellence every day. 

More to come…