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.
Our Company Timeline
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.
Village Workshop moves to Bryon School. Donald Kartepeter is named first Executive Director.
Dale Francis becomes Executive Director.
William Kruzan becomes Executive Director. Preschool services begin. Workshop and administrative offices
moves to old Clear Creek School.
Ground is broken on East State Street for new facility.
First group home opens for ladies.
Name changes to Pathfinder Services.
Services began in Marshall and Starke Counties
John Niederman appointed President/CEO.
Community Living Services begins in Wabash County. Employment services are launched.
Pathfinder Kids Kampus Opens.
HUD Transitional Housing Grant awarded for homeless families.
Manufacturing earns ISO 9001 certification.
Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center becomes chartered as a NeighborWorks America Organization.
Creative Abilities Art Studios Open
Pathfinder Services Celebrates 50 years of services.
John Niederman announces his retirement to be the end of 2020.
Danielle Tips appointed President/CEO of Pathfinder Services