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Pathfinder Services has been building bridges to independence for the people we serve for the last 48 years.  Whether it be helping Karrie to fulfill her dream of home ownership, or Kurtis to obtain employment, or providing supportive housing in our new innovative four-plexes – we continue to help our friends bridge the gap to choice and independence regardless of abilities.

A bridge needs strong pillars to weather the elements and support numerous trips across.  We consider friends like you to be those pillars.  Your generosity in 2014 helped to enable over 3,600 positive stories of achievement and acceptance.  Local support from donors like you helps sustain the scope of services we offer to our neighbors today.

Because of YOU:

  • 75 adults with disabilities secured community employment and contributed an estimated $872,000 in earned income back to the economy

  • 261 adults with disabilities enriched their lives through meaningful day activities with 34% of the making a difference in their communities as volunteers

  • 296 children received childcare and early education services with over $982K in free or subsidized services to eligible families

  • 1,286 low income and or disabled tax payers saved an estimated $192K in costly income tax preparation fees and received $1,900,000 in refunds through our free tax preparation program

  • 136 low income families achieved their dream of homeownership and stimulated $19,500,000in local spending from home sale and construction activities.

  • $436,000,000 total economic output in our local communities as a result of Pathfinder Services’ operations


And the list could go on and on – because of you.

For 2015, our focus will be to keep building bridges to better lives and better communities.  Your membership gift will help even more people begin their trek across the bridge to greater independence and generate more success stories like those mentioned in the enclosed annual report.  You can use the enclosed pledge card and envelope to mail in your pledge OR you can donate online at:

No matter the amount, your gift will help us have a tremendous impact on the lives of those we serve!  The stock market has reached record highs in 2014 and many people are holding stocks that are worth far more than what they paid for them.  That is good news; however the bad news is that if they sell those holdings they will trigger tax on the capital gain.  There is a relatively simple way to fulfill your charitable goals and avoid paying tax on capital gain; instead of giving cash as usual, use appreciated securities to fund your charitable giving for 2014. We appreciate your consideration of this tax benefit to you and Pathfinder Services.


Thank you for partnering with us to build “bridges to independence” for those we serve and to impact more lives in the coming year.


John Niederman