Pathfinder Services Comprehensive Human and Community Development Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:02:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pathfinder Services 32 32 Enriching Lives for 50 Years Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:32:49 +0000

50 Stories from 50 Years

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Pathfinder Mission Moment: Mike’s Fishing Trip Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:13:28 +0000

Mike's Fishing Trip

The Dream Fund made Mike’s wish a reality.

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2016 Annual Report Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:57:29 +0000

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Living with Pathfinder Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:46:42 +0000

Thanks to Pathfinder Community Supports, Kurtis is truly a part of a much larger family and community.

Pathfinder Community Supports believes that all people with disabilities deserve to live in a warm and enriching home environment in order to attain the most independent, productive and dignified life style possible. Kurtis was born with developmental disabilities. When his mother and caretaker passed away in 2005, his family researched several options and liked what they witnessed and heard about Pathfinder Services.

Pathfinder Community Supports supportive living homes are located in areas that enable residents to participate in and be a part of their community and neighborhood. Each supportive living home has four private bedrooms, four fully accessible private bathrooms, and a common kitchen/dining area and living room area. Each home is fully compliant with the American Disabilities Act. The homes are staffed 24 hours a day by professionally trained and caring Direct Service Providers who work with our residents to build life skills and provide them with choice and control over their own destinies.

Kurtis now lives in a supportive living home provided by Pathfinder Community Supports. He not only benefits from the personalized and quality care he receives from his Direct Support Professionals in the home, he also gained the confidence and skills to acquire and maintain a job at Walgreens. But the best part? Kurtis has gained a family. “I like the guys in my home. We get along and work together to do things like cooking, cleaning and we do fun things like play cards.” He also enjoys his own private bedroom and bathroom that allows for him to have his own space and privacy. This is where he will proudly show off his John Deere tractor collection to anyone who visits his room. In the common living space, he can enjoy activities with his roommates and access support from staff if needed. Thanks to Pathfinder Community Supports, Kurtis is truly a part of a much larger family and community. He is at home.

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A Family Affair Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:20:24 +0000

“With four young children at home, the youngest two of which had been diagnosed with autism, Kathy had a full plate.”

Kathy Scott was a single mom in need of a new home and a new start, when she connected with the homeownership division at Pathfinder Services, and they were able to help guide her through the classes and the process of purchasing her own home.

With four young children at home, Kathy had a full plate and needed help finding the right niches for Melissa and Amanda, her youngest two with autism. When she moved to Huntington, Amanda had attended Kids Kampus, which Kathy didn’t realize was affiliated with Pathfinder Services. When the girls got into high school, their caseworker connected them with Pathfinder Community Supports after school program.

Because of their autism, Melissa and Amanda struggled to combine pieces of their lives. For example, they could handle going to school, and they loved doing projects at home, but doing schoolwork at home created issues, because they couldn’t seem to mesh the two areas of life into one space. Because of the day services program through Pathfinder Community Supports, the girls were able to do something productive and social with their at-home time that helped reduce their struggles and provide relief to their mom.

Melissa now attends day services, and Amanda goes to the Creative Abilities Art Studio, a newer program that gives creative minds a productive outlet. She spends her time painting and making jewelry. Being part of this program not only gives Amanda a chance to use her gifts, but it allows her to make friends with others who have similar talents and gives her a chance to earn an income selling her arts.

Kathy’s oldest daughter, Brittany, was five and six years older than her sisters with autism. Even though Brittany was a little more removed by age, she saw their struggles and the help they received through Pathfinder Services, and she wanted to be able to do something to help others like her family had been helped.

Grodrian Family

Brittany had skills in credit coaching and knowledge of lending, but she had no idea for a while that Pathfinder Services was involved in affordable housing. She didn’t even know her mom had gotten their home with the help of the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center. When Brittany saw the job listing, she knew that’s where she wanted to work. For her, the job is an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference for families.

Brittany is the mother of two. Her daughter went to Kids Kampus before enrolling in kindergarten, and now her son attends Kids Kampus, too.
Brittany wants to keep helping families make their homeownership dreams come true, and Kathy wants to keep seeing her younger two daughters thrive as they make their way through adulthood. Together they represent a family whose lives give and receive help through the mission of Pathfinder Services.

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Community Called to “Give a Dream” Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:12:29 +0000
Giving Tuesday

Community Called to "Give a Dream" on Giving Tuesday with Pathfinder Services

While the rest of the world snacks on leftover pie and surfs the web for deals, Pathfinder Services will be mobilizing our community to “Give a Dream” on Giving Tuesday.

The not-for-profit’s Dream Fund allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to fulfill their lifelong wishes. Their goal is to raise enough funds to support 7 dreams, which totals nearly $3,000, by November 29.  Past fulfilled Dreams have included a Blackhawks hockey game, a specialty spa day, a Dolly Parton concert, and a ride in a new Chevy Camaro.

Giving Tuesday is a global movement that was started by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in 2012.  After consumer-driven days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, millions of people come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live on Giving Tuesday. People embrace this day as an opportunity to raise money for local nonprofits, schools and arts organizations; run food and clothing drives; teach children about philanthropy; encourage acts of kindness; collaborate with their neighbors and celebrate generosity.

Dolly Parton Dream

“We are thankful for the donors who have made these Dreams possible for our clients,” said Kasey Davis, Development Director for Pathfinder Services. “Beyond financial gifts, we have seen in-kind donations to make these Dreams more special, including the use of a new Camaro and a free spa day for a client in Wabash. People really enjoy seeing individuals served by Pathfinder Services enjoy themselves, and I think our community is excited about what we’ll do next.”

Those who are interested in joining Pathfinder Services’ #GivingTuesday initiative can visit our donation page here.

For more details about the Giving Tuesday movement, visit the Giving Tuesday website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

About Pathfinder Services

Pathfinder Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit comprehensive human and community development organization headquartered in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services also serves individuals and families in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, Stueben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties.  Additional information about Pathfinder Services can be found at

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement, built by people around the world, to celebrate giving of all kinds.  It is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Black Friday and Cyber Monday; this year it falls on November 29, 2016. This movement is the result of the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits large and small; businesses and corporations; schools and universities; civic campaigns in cities, states and regions; and families and individuals—to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and contribute in countless ways to the causes they believe in. Everyone has something to give.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

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ABC Program Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:49:59 +0000
Bottle Caps Banner

The ABC PROGRAM is a cap and lid program specifically designed by school children for school children. It is to be a tool in the hands of teachers to teach children about caring for the earth and green living. It must be put through children’s hands and someone must be responsible to see that it is a learning experience for them. Furthermore, the bench needs to belong to the children; it is to be placed where they want it to be placed so they can show others and be proud of what they have accomplished.

We are collecting lids and caps at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, in order to create a bench for the children’s playground. We would appreciate all of the help we can get. It takes 400 pounds of lids to make one bench, and that is the equivalent of 10 – 55 gallon trash bags full. There is a large bin in the hallway, at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, where you can deposit the lids once you start collecting them.

We need these →

Bottle Caps
Rainbow Bench

← So we can make one of these

Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable lids and caps.

  • Medicine bottle caps
  • detergent caps
  • toothpaste tube caps
  • coffee can lids
  • cool whip container lids
  • ice cream bucket lids
  • drink bottle caps
  • hair spray caps
  • ointment tube caps
  • cottage cheese container lids
  • cream cheese container lids
  • milk jug caps
  • spout caps deodorant caps
  • peanut butter jar lids
  • yogurt lids
  • prescription bottles (labels removed)
  • flip-top caps
  • spray paint caps
  • caps with recycle numbers 2,4, and 5
  • mayonnaise jar lids
  • butter container lids
  • Drink bottles
  • food containers
  • plastic ziploc type bags
  • soap pumps
  • anything with metal
  • trigger sprayers
  • lotion pumps
  • fast food drink lids
  • grocery bags
  • anything considered trash
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Happy National Book lover’s Day Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:57:58 +0000
National Book Lovers Day

Speaking of books, Pathfinder Services has been featured in NeighborWorks America's new Book! Read more about it below!

Pathfinder Services is proud to be a part of the new NeighborWorks America book, NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network.  The book will be available in December 2016 and consists of case studies of the outstanding work being done in community development, as well as innovative solutions in affordable housing.

Pathfinder Services is proud to not only be participating in this project, but also to be a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, a 35-year-old, Congressionally-chartered nonprofit serving 250 nonprofits working in housing and community development.

Would you like to be notified when NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network is available for purchase?  Sign up for our Newsletter below.

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Support Kids Kampus with Scrip! Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:41:30 +0000

Major Retailers Want To Give Our Campus Money!

We’re pleased to share some exciting news about a fundraising program for our organization.  It’s called “scrip”, and it’s the fundraising program that works while you shop.

Scrip is simply a word that means “substitute money” – in other words, scrip is gift certificates from national and local retailers.  They’re the same gift certificates that you buy at the store.  Many popular retailers participate in our scrip program including Walmart, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Shell, Pizza Hut, Arby’s, and many, many others.

You’re probably asking yourself how these stores help us raise money.  It’s simple — scrip participating retailers agree to sell gift certificates to our organization at a discount.  Member families like yours buy the certificates for full face value, they redeem them for full face value, and our center keeps the difference as revenue.  And scrip is exciting, because everybody wins:

  • The retailer gets cash up front and repeat business…
  • You get a powerful fundraising alternative that involves no selling…
  • Our center gets a regular source of revenue.

The beauty of scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work. You earn money for our center without spending a single additional penny.  Just spend your regular shopping dollars with scrip at the stores that participate in the scrip program!  And scrip can be used for just about any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline, and even dining out.

The Pathfinder Kids Kampus scrip program promises to be a simple and effective fundraising program.

You will find attached an order form with numerous scrips that can be ordered.  If you can’t find the one you are looking for, you can ask the front desk for a list or go to for a complete listing.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus will be taking prepaid orders now until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 at 12:00 noon.  Your scrip order(s) will be available for pick up on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016.

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Homebuyer Education Class is Nov 2nd Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:52:07 +0000

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center Offers Two-Part Homebuyer Education Class Starting November 2nd in Fort Wayne

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center is offering a two-part Home Buyer Education class on Wednesday, November 2nd and 9th from 5:30 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. at their Fort Wayne office located at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd, Suite 301.

The eight hour class will focus on reviewing what is necessary to become successful home buyers and home owners.  The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center follows the NeighborWorks curriculum, “Realizing the American Dream”, which is used by home buyer educators across the United States.

Cost on the class is $60.00 for both sessions. Please contact Sandy Ayers at (260) 456-2385 Ext. 3601 or by e-mailing Sandy at  All Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center instructors are certified by NeighborWorks America and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority as home buyer educators and counselors.

Potential home buyers include individuals who have never owned a home, have owned a home but no longer live there due to divorce, have always rented or lived with family members, have a good credit record, earn 50-80% of the area’s median income, and want to own a home but believe they cannot afford it.

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