It was a bittersweet time for Venture Together this past May as we said goodbye to Venture Center, the Sparkill facility that has housed our day programs for nearly four decades.
Venture Center, our first day program, opened at the site of the old Rosary Academy high school in 1985. Over the years, the space has hosted day habilitation, afterschool, respite, and recreation programming, as well as a swimming pool, sensory room, technology lab, theater and concert performances, and more. It was truly state of the art for its time.
The space holds so many wonderful memories; there are staff who have worked there for decades who remember a building filled every day with laughter, with song, with the sounds of joyful community.
“Venture Center was like a second home for so many of us,” said Creative Arts Director Krista Bilodeau, “It’s bittersweet to see it empty when there was once artwork on every wall and the sounds of laughter and fun from every room. We filled it with so much joy for so many years.”
We’d like to thank our participants, staff, and the entire Venture Together community for making our years at Venture Center so special. We’re looking forward to countless celebrations and moments of joy and connection for many years to come at the new Valley Cottage site.