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See how Pathfinder Services has grown from the establishment of the original Board of Directors in 1965 to the organization we are today serving thousands of people throughout northeast Indiana.

Where It All Began

Following the establishment of the first Board of Directors in 1965 and their successful campaign to recruit more than 1,001 members of the organization in 1966, the ARC (Association for Retarded Children) School and Workshop began operation.

The first school was located in the basement of Trinity Methodist Church and had 13 students between the ages of six and 12. The sheltered workshop opened in Fred Teddy’s basement with two workers.

There have been many changes, additions, expansions, and growth since the opening of the school and workshop. The name was changed to Pathfinder Services, Inc. in 1981, and now operates the offices at North Campus in Huntington and six divisions with offices, homes, facilities, and programs spread throughout Huntington, Plymouth, and Wabash.

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Our Company Timeline


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First Steps

Huntington County Association creates programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Huntington Moose Lodge holds a fundraiser with 1001 participants and generates $2000 for new progams.


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Village Workshop

Village Workshop moves to Bryon School. Donald Kartepeter is named first Executive Director.


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New Executive Director

Dale Francis becomes Executive Director.


Village workshop
Preschool Begins

William Kruzan becomes Executive Director. Preschool services begin. Workshop and administrative offices

moves to old Clear Creek School.


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State Street Groundbreaking

Ground is broken on East State Street for new facility.


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First Group Home

First group home opens for ladies.


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Pathfinder Services

Name changes to Pathfinder Services.


Expansion to plymouth
Expanded West

Services began in Marshall and Starke Counties


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John Niederman

John Niederman appointed President/CEO.


Wabash expansion
Wabash Expansion

Community Living Services begins in Wabash County. Employment services are launched.


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Kids Kampus

Pathfinder Kids Kampus Opens.



HUD Transitional Housing Grant awarded for homeless families.


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ISO 9001

Manufacturing earns ISO 9001 certification.


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Chartered Member

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center becomes chartered as a NeighborWorks America Organization.


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Creative Abilities

Creative Abilities Art Studios Open


50th year celebration
Celebration of 50 Years

Pathfinder Services Celebrates 50 years of services.


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John Niederman Retires

John Niederman announces his retirement to be the end of 2020.


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Danielle Tips

Danielle Tips appointed President/CEO of Pathfinder Services

Justin barker
“As the Director of the HomeOwnership Center, it’s my goal to see that customers we serve with financial and homebuyer programs have the best experience. My other primary goal is to create an enjoyable and caring work environment for the HOC team where team members feel safe bringing their genuine selves to work and feel empowered to do whatever they can to create a great experience for customers. The HomeOwnership Center team is a dedicated group who genuinely cares and works hard to walk closely beside homebuyers through the daunting journey to homeownership.”
Justin Barker | Director of HomeOwnership