Vine Village, Inc.
is a non-profit organization
whose goal is to provide people with special needs with the same quality of
life that should be the birthright of all citizens. To further this goal,
Vine Village provides residential and day activities programs to people
with special needs.
Inc. is a non-profit (501c(3)) organization, and is
located in Napa, California, USA.
Vine Village has 2 primary program
Living: in three comfortable, family-like homes located just outside the
city limits (for easy access and full inclusion in the greater Napa
community) on a beautiful 25-acre working ranch.
- Vine Village Day Program
- day activity
center based around the arts and rural life.
Our annual Celebration, with its
terrific Wine Auction, is a major source of support, as well as a range of private
Foundations, service clubs, businesses, and generous individuals.
Inc. has been directed by Michael Kerson since 1973.
Vine Village was founded in
1973 by George and Grace Kerson and Dante Bagnani, two families with
developmentally disabled children.
The Kerson and Bagnani
families wanted an alternative to the isolation of "independent living,"
to the rigidity and depersonalization of large institutions, and the
insecurity and constant staff turnover which characterize many small group
living situations. They wanted
more vocational options, which reflect community values as well as
individual differences and interests.
In short, they
wanted their children with special needs to have the same quality of life as
their non-handicapped peers.
Kerson's son, Michael, and his wife, Nancy, have continuously directed Vine
Village's growth and progress since 1973. Their daughter, Saanen, joined the
staff in 2007. Today, Vine Village occupies a
beautiful 25-acre ranch in the famed Carneros grape-growing region of
southern Napa County, California.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Kerson
AssOCIATE Director: Saanen Kerson
Anthony Tofanelli, Anthony Withers, Teresa Gonzales, Laura Koos,
Janey Bearce, Robert McQueen
DAY PROGRAM STAFF:
Art Program Director: Catalina Arabia
Teachers: Paula Mettler, Carol Llewellyn, Brian Cox
GROUNDS & GARDEN:
Grounds Staff: Tucker Crosby, Arthur Van Damme
OFFICE & SPECIAL PROJECTS: