September 19, 2018

Vista, Community Members, Shift Into Gear

Vista students and members were joined by members of the community and Vista staff on Monday, Oct. 5th, for a group bike ride. From left are: Gerard O’Shea, Elayna Paradiso, Sheridan Bauman, Charlie Steinberg, Dan Coca-Ducach, Chris Bailey, Scott Taylor, Ben Bodman, Kip Lyons, James Pittenger, Linda Rogen, John Morgan, Tom Naughton, Paul Rogen and Ellis Mayo.

Vista students and members were joined by members of the community and Vista staff on Monday, Oct. 5th, for a group bike ride. From left are: Gerard O’Shea, Elayna Paradiso, Sheridan Bauman, Charlie Steinberg, Dan Coca-Ducach, Chris Bailey, Scott Taylor, Ben Bodman, Kip Lyons, James Pittenger, Linda Rogen, John Morgan, Tom Naughton, Paul Rogen and Ellis Mayo.

In preparation for the upcoming Vista Tour de Shore cycling event and fundraiser on Oct. 18th, many Vista students and members have been training alongside members of the community during weekly Monday night bicycle rides.

A tradition started last year by the Gears of Change team—led by Vista employee Linda Rogen and her husband Paul, of Thompson Bike Tours— the training rides help Vista students and members get ready for the event while allowing them the opportunity to socialize with members of the community also riding in the event.

“I made a new buddy here,” Vista member Elayna Paradiso said, referring to Westbrook resident Sheridan Bauman, an experienced Tour de Shore participant. “I like riding with her because she is able to keep up with me.”

The group rides departed from Vista’s Westbrook campus and consisted of a 5-mile route along the shoreline. An average of 15 people participated in the rides each week.

Now in its seventh year, the Vista Tour de Shore is a major fundraiser for Vista. The event kicks off from the Westbrook Elks Lodge and offers 5, 25, 40 and 60 mile routes on scenic byways along the shoreline. Money raised by the Vista Tour de Shore benefit the Vista Endowment Fund, a supporting organization of Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center.

It’s not too late to register or support a team. Visit www.vistatourdeshore.com.

Based in Madison and Westbrook, CT, Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success.

For more information about Vista, please visit www.vistavocational.org

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