Happiness Bag, Inc. 
Center for Adaptive Recreation and Education 
    Adult Day Service Program    
Happiness Bag, Inc.
3833 Union Road
Terre Haute, IN  47802
(812) 234-8867
Fax (812) 238-0728
Jodi Moan, Executive Director - jmexdir@aol.com
Anita Bryant, Program Director 
Lisa Bennett, ResHab Director - lisben68@aol.com
Happiness Bag's Got Talent, Feb 7 ~~ DAWG Artist Registrations Due, Feb 8 ~~ SO Polar Plunge, Feb 9 ~~ WV Stars Valentine Dance, Feb 9 ~~ Sweetheart's Dance, Feb 15 ~~ BBALL with ISP, Feb 23 ~~ When Vigo Co. schools CLOSE due to weather related issues, Happiness Bag will also be CLOSED.  If Vigo Co. is on a two-hour delay, Happiness Bag will open at our regularly scheduled time of 6:30 AM.
Home      About us
Happiness Bag, Incorporated is an independent, not for profit, United Way agency which provides recreational and educational programs and services to individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities in the Wabash Valley.  Happiness Bag, Incorporated is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and recreational activities.
                                              OUR VISION
Our vision is for Happiness Bag to be the premier provider of services and programs that enhance participation of children and adults with disabilities in the Wabash Valley.
                                            OUR MISSION
Happiness Bag, Incorporated is dedicated to providing adapted educational and recreational services and programs that encourage the unique potential of children and adults with disabilities.
We want to make certain that everyone is aware that Happiness Bag is a provider of Medicaid Waiver services through the Community Integration & Habilitation Waiver and Family Supports Waiver.  The services we are approved to provide include:  Facility Habilitation (Individual & Group) ~ Community Habilitation (Individual & Group) ~ Respite Care Services ~ Residential Habilitation ~ Participant Assistance & Care ~ Transportation (Level 1).  Anyone interested in any of these services should contact their Case Managers for further information.

Our Story


Founded in 1971 as a touring theater company, Happiness Bag presented plays to schools and various organizations, with the cast consisting of students from Indiana State University.  As the touring company grew, the cast began to primarily consist of individuals with disabilities and those without.  As a direct result of our theater group, Happiness Bag has evolved to service not only the needs of the physically and mentally disabled, but their entire family as well.


In 1987, Happiness Bag changed its program format from the drama/arts areas and began to focus more on the recreational and educational areas of programming for the physically and mentally disabled.  Our agency is the only recreational and educational oriented facility in the entire Wabash Valley that accepts individuals with most all types of disabilities and degrees of capabilites, from the extremely gifted to the severly mentally disabled.  Even though all of our programs are designed for the physically and/or mentally disabled, enrollment is not limited to this population.  We provide care and programming for individuals ranging in age from five to adult.


Due to the number of programs we offer and the continued growth in the number of individuals participating in our programs, in 1997 we moved from our location on South Seventh Street to our current location.  A group of individuals, who wish to remain anonymous, made it possible to have a long-standing dream become a reality.  The facility is located on the south side of Terre Haute and sits directly behind the Vigo County Fairgrounds.  Our facility offers a large recreational room, spacious offices, and a full size gymnasium.  Additionally, our facility rests on approximately six acres of land, which also includes a softball field.


The Board of Directors continuously works to further develop the programs and services for all individuals in our community.  It is our sincere hope that as a result of our long and rich history in the Wabash Valley, we will continue to grow and prosper and provide quality programs and services to not only our program participants, but their families as well.

What Is a Happiness Bag?

A happiness bag is a tradition in Korea, similar to our Christmas stocking, except the Koreans use it all year long.  The colorful little bag is used to give gifts, usually making the receiver happy, but often provoking thought to help the recipient become more aware of life and to learn a valuable lesson.  Happiness Bag adopted its name from this tradition and utilizes this philosophy in all of its endeavors.



Our facility is located directly behind the
Vigo County Fairgrounds and Terre Haute
Action Track.
From the North: Proceed on US Hwy 41
South to West Johnson Avenue.  Turn
right on to West Johnson Avenue,
proceeding to Union Road.  At Union Road
turn left and continue to the second
building on the right.
From the South: Proceed on US Hwy 41
North to West Johnson Avenue.  Turn
left on to West Johnson Avenue,
proceeding to Union Road.  At Union Road
turn left and continue to the second
building on the right.
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