Becoming Independent

james_penly_vince_albanoMore than 1,300 men, women and children, all living with a variety of disabilities, seek their own paths to personal fulfillment and independence with the help of programs and opportunities made available at Becoming Independent (BI).

(Photo 1: Employee James Penly (on left) assists Mary’s Pizza CEO Vince Albano in the kitchen.  In the course of a 20 year partnership, BI workers such as James have earned the praise and warm friendship of the Albano family.)

james_penly_vince_albanoDeveloping since BI was established in 1967, our programs provide instruction in activities and skills essential to successful everyday living.  The skills are wide ranging and include the most basic and incidental, to the very sophisticated and personal. BI provides individualized programs for each person served, promoting personal choice based on areas of interests and passions.

(Photo 2: Larry Young (on left) works with Lea Ronald (Becoming Independent’s Sonoma Director) on computer skills).

james_penly_vince_albanoAs the North Bay’s largest nonprofit human services organization dedicated to people with developmental disabilities, BI services are available in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.  We are dedicated to “promoting community inclusion and participation for people with developmental disabilities.

(Photo 3: Becoming Independent worker Amber Fish (on left) with BI’s Sonoma Director Lea Ronald.)