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Faces of Inclusion July 2021

Posted 07/08/2021

"We help individuals and families who never thought they could, realize their dream of homeownership." -Jeff Teusch

HomeOwnership IS Possible! That is our mantra and that is what we help people achieve every day!

We help individuals and families who never thought they could, realize their dream of homeownership and become First Time Homebuyers through planning, counseling, and education. We provide the tools and resources necessary to walk you through every part of the process, from laying out ways to build and improve credit to closing on a home and continued counseling. We have the experience and knowledge to ensure you are making the best financial decisions to set you up for success now and in the future. We serve 16 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, so we definitely have you covered if you are looking to buy a home in this area! A few highlights of what we offer include homebuyer education classes, USDA Direct Loans, Individual Development Accounts, and Down Payment Assistance Programs.

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Our Homebuyer Education classes are in-person Money Management workshops that consist of two separate four-hour sessions that involve hands-on experiences, creating a spending and savings plan, and obtaining a free credit report. People who complete the class will receive up to $100 from the HomeOwnership Center to open a matched savings account at a local bank and up to a $300 loan at a local financial institution.

USDA Direct Loans are financing options for rural areas directly through the United States Department of Agriculture. They are for very low to low-income individuals and families and provide payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. With USDA Direct Loans, there are no down payment requirements, no USDA funding fees, and no monthly mortgage insurance. There are property requirements, and income and asset limits do apply.

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that allow eligible individuals and families to put some of their own money into an account and have it matched at four times the amount. IDA money can then be used to purchase a home.

Pathfinder Services and the City of Fort Wayne have partnered on a Down Payment Assistance Program. Those who meet the requirements may qualify for forgivable loans of up to $8,000 to assist with the down payment, closing, and pre-paid costs.

We know that homeownership plays a critical role in building strong and vibrant neighborhoods and stable families, and that is why we make it our mission to help people facing financial challenges set up a plan of action and navigate their way to becoming successful first-time homebuyers. Call us today to get started at 260-356-0521!

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Program Spotlight

Kids Kampus Spring Program and Preschool Graduation

The Pathfinder Services Kids Kampus Spring Program and Pre-school Graduation was held on Tuesday, June 1, at the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts. The Spring Program involved eight groups of students from different classrooms performing a dozen songs, ranging from Baby Shark to High Hopes, to the Bongalo Song to Dr. Knickerbocker. Diplomas for graduating preschoolers were then presented to 38 children as they marched across the stage in their caps and gowns. The preschool program offers early childhood education that provides opportunities for children to build their language skills, social and emotional skills, math concept awareness, and more. The students are introduced to fundamental developmental milestones that better prepare them for kindergarten. The program builds a foundation for lifelong learning and success.

National Neighborhood Promise Day for NeighborWorks Week

Beautifying the Community

Pathfinder Services hosted volunteers from Republic Services for National Neighborhood Promise Day at the Huntington Arts & Entrepreneurial Center (HAEC) on Saturday, June 5. The event coincided with NeighborWorks Week, a weeklong celebration of neighborhood revitalization activities organized nationally.

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Toast to the Arts is our annual fundraising event held each summer to celebrate and raise money for our Pathfinder Services Art Studios. With locations in Huntington, Plymouth, and Wabash, the art studios provide creative opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities served in our Community Supports Day Services program.

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Each year, Pathfinder Services dedicates an evening to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and the success stories of those we serve.

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President and CEO Danielle Tips put together an impromptu field day on Friday, June 11, for employees and people we support. There were inflatables with the big kids playing games and an ice cream truck to keep everyone refreshed in the summer sun. SO MUCH FUN!

5 Ways You Can Get Involved

GIVE

Your financial support makes what we do possible, by filling the gap between government support and the actual cost it takes to serve people with barriers.

VOLUNTEER

No matter your interests or passion, there are opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our friends.

DONATE

In-kind gifts of paint, pencils, craft paper, and more go a long way to inspire new artists and young learners.

PARTNER

Monthly giving provides reliable revenue and helps sustain our work.

VISIT

Attend an event, visit one of our sites, and bring your friends! This is the best way to see our mission up-close.

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