Bittersweet, Inc., is active in four major areas: residential, community living, vocational services and specialized services. These areas are described below. Work undertaken by our staff, board of directors and foundation board is guided by our mission statement and philosophy. Information about our people, their mission and vision is available in the box at the left, along with a brief history of our operation. On the right, push the play button to see the short video documentary created for us by Brad Harvey Creative.
The residential program focuses on skills retention, development of skills of independent living, and integration in the greater community environment through activities such as movies, Special Olympics, shopping, and physical activities, including hiking.
Bittersweet, Inc. also serves persons with autism who live in their own home but need supervision, training and specialized expertise to maintain their residential independence. The intent is to support individuals who choose to live in a setting that is more integrated with the community. We tailor the community living program for each individual, to address their specific residential situation and need for supervision.
This program is funded through the Individual Options waiver program that is administered by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities through the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Bittersweet also has a day vocational program that offers habilitation programming and skills development to adults and adolescents with autism. The program has a wood shop, ceramic studio, weaving and fabric arts department, a horticulture department with three fully functioning greenhouses, two hoop houses, and several fields of produce, landscaping and janitorial enclaves which work out in the community, kitchen and meal preparation programs, visual arts department, and an animal care program in the barn and pastures.
Also offered are limited respite support services to families known to the program, advocacy of autism issues, and training to service providers interested in practical approaches to serving adults and adolescents with autism. Bittersweet Farms also serves as a training sight for students from area colleges and universities.
We are licensed and/or overseen by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, The Ohio Department of Health , Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation , United States Department of Labor, and inspected by the Lucas County Health Department and by the Neapolis Fire Department.
We are independently audited each year, and we are incorporated as a private non-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service.