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History

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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A GLIMPSE INTO OUR PAST

Our Company Timeline

1966

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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.

1967

Donald kortepeter
Village Workshop

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

1968

Dale francis
New Executive Director

Dale Francis becomes Executive Director.

1969

Village workshop
Preschool Begins

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

moves to old Clear Creek School.

1976

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State Street Groundbreaking

Ground is broken on East State Street for new facility.

1979

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First Group Home

First group home opens for ladies.

1981

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Pathfinder Services

Name changes to Pathfinder Services.

1984

Expansion to plymouth
Expanded West

Services began in Marshall and Starke Counties

1985

John niederman
John Niederman

John Niederman appointed President/CEO.

1988

Wabash expansion
Wabash Expansion

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

1990

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Kids Kampus

Pathfinder Kids Kampus Opens.

1992

Hud
HomeOwnership

HUD Transitional Housing Grant awarded for homeless families.

2003

Iso certification
ISO 9001

Manufacturing earns ISO 9001 certification.

2008

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Chartered Member

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center becomes chartered as a NeighborWorks America Organization.

2014

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Creative Abilities

Creative Abilities Art Studios Open

2015

50th year celebration
Celebration of 50 Years

Pathfinder Services Celebrates 50 years of services.

2020

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John Niederman Retires

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

2021

Danielle tips
Danielle Tips

Daniel Tips appointed President/CEO of Pathfinder Services

Brooks fetters
“I choose to work at Pathfinders because we are both committed to strong people and strong communities.”
Brooks Fetters | Chief Marketing & Development Officer