‘80s and ‘90s – The Move to Community Inclusion
Angie Deel's Story
Coincidentally, the last public school classroom was moved from Stone Belt the day before Elbert started, signaling the end of an era. Within a year, the agency started a supported employment program and moved the group homes into neighborhood settings. Within three years, plans were made to open new group homes and day habilitation programs, which began to be more community-based, providing opportunities for volunteerism and recreation.
First Steps program focused on individualized home-based services.
Constructing one of Stone Belt's purpose-built group homes, circa 1989.
Joan Travis was the director of residential
services from the early 1980s until she
retired in 2000. During her tenure, the
residential program grew from a small
program with 3 cottages to an expansive
program that provided 12 group homes for
seventy four people and a well-developed
semi-independent living program for more
than a dozen more. Her dedication and
determination gave many people with
disabilities a place to call home and a
rewarding and meaningful career to many
employees. Stone Belt was significantly
and positively impacted by Joan’s energetic
efforts at Stone Belt.
Leslie Green and Elbert Johns share a transition moment in 2000.
Early in Leslie’s tenure, the operations in Columbus — which began in 1998 — grew to include Employment, Lifelong Learning, and Supported Living services. Stone Belt also began serving some of the last clients to leave Muscatatuck Developmental Center in the North Vernon area. Those services were transitioned to Columbus after some time. The Supported Living Program in Bloomington and Bedford also continued to grow as more people received Waivers. In 2009, when The Arc of Owen County board determined that they would like to become a service provider in the facility they owned, Stone Belt moved its operation and many of the clients who wanted to continue with Stone Belt back to the 10th Street facility in Monroe County.
Milestones Clinic, on South Adams Street, opened in 2004.
An art show at Bloomington Bagel helped launch the Stone Belt Art Studio program.
Brad Gifford, pictured here at IU Biology Department, was one of the first clients to excel in Community Employment, circa 1990.
Stone Belt at 50
The Kansas City Royals won the World Series.
We tuned in weekly to see the love/hate relationship of Cybil Shepherd and Bruce Willis in Moonlighting.
Out of Africa best picture, but Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey amazed us with their acting in "The Color Purple."
Now we “want our MTV” as "Money for Nothing" became a big hit across the nation.
DNA fingerprinting is Invented.
Cost of a gallon of gasoline is $1.05.
Ross Perot announces intent to run as an independent in the upcoming presidential race against Bill Clinton and George Bush.
Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida.
The Olympics were held in Syndey, Austrailia, and Marion Jones claimed 5 gold medals in track and field competition.
Alanis Morrisette released her landmark album, "Jagged Little Pill."
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks the record held by Babe Ruth and hits his 715th home run on on May 28th to pass Babe Ruth on the all-time greatest list.
Pluto is downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet by The International Astronomical Union (IAU).
"American Idol" is the most popular TV show in its fifth season. Taylor Hicks is the season winner.