Our Mission

Happiness Bag, Inc. is dedicated to providing adapted educational and recreational services and programs that encourage the unique potential of adults and children with disabilities.

Our Vision

Our vision for Happiness Bag, Inc. is for it to be the premier provider of services and programs that enhance participation of adults and children with disabilities in the Wabash Valley.

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 provokes 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.

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Our History

1970

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 a variety of individuals including those with disabilities. As a direct result of our theater group, Happiness Bag has evolved to service not only the needs of Vigo County disabled community, but their family as well.

1980

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 intellectually and developmentally disabled. From that time our agency became the only recreational and educational oriented facility in the entire Wabash Valley that accepts individuals with most all types of disabilities and degrees of capabilities, from the extremely gifted to the severely mentally disabled, enrollment is not limited to this population.

1990

Due to the number of programs we were now offering and the continued growth in the number of individuals participating in our programs, in 1997 we moved from our location on South 7th Street to our current location. A group of individuals, who wish to remain anonymous, made it possible to have the long-standing dream of expanding, become a reality.

2000

In the mid 2000’s Happiness Bag began working to close a service gap that had been present for many years. Through diligent effort and persistence Happiness Bag worked to meet the states requirements to become a Medicaid Waiver program provider. This arrangement made it possible to serve a much wider population as well as strengthen and develop whole new programs and services.

2010

Not wanting to be just another organization that provides services to the disabled, but rather one of the best organizations that provide services for the disabled, Happiness Bad became CARF Certified 2011. The CARF accreditation applies a strict set of standards to service areas and business practices to insure continual commitment to improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

Our Future

Today we have once again outgrown our current facility and are in need of both renovations and an expansion. So, for the first time, Happiness Bag has begun a capital campaign to bring our next big dream to fruition. Working with local engineers, contractors, architects and our board of directors we have begun making plans that we hope will serve Happiness Bag well into the future.