History



The RVI employment and habilitation center, along with the offices, are located three miles east of Oak Harbor at 8200 and 8380 W. State Route 163. The location is three miles east of Oak Harbor and eight miles west of Port Clinton, on the south side of the roadway.

In 1973, a group of parents of children who had developmental disabilities founded Riverview Arts and Crafts. The name was changed in 1978.

Riverview Industries, Inc., was established as a private non-profit organization in 1998. Although all service providers in Ohio are now required to be separate from the local county boards of developmental disabilities, RVI was one of the first in the state to be an independent employment and habilitation center.

Through the years, the organization has expanded beyond the traditional workshop setting. Our Contracted Services Department provides janitorial and other services to local business, while making employment opportunities available to the people we serve. In our Residential-Sense of Self Department, staff members provide homemaker and personal care services, transportation, and support. This allows the people we serve to live the lives they choose. The RVI Community Employment Program has recently received accreditation through CARF International. RVI also has an art studio, where the people we serve can express themselves, learn new skills and earn money when their artwork is sold.

The purpose of Riverview Industries, Inc. is to provide a meaningful work experience and
quality of life for the benefit of adults with developmental disabilities.