Pathfinder Services honored individuals and organizations within the communities it serves at its annual community recognition dinner on the evening of November 6th at Huntington University. Mike Perkins, from the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event which featured the theme Building Bridges to Independence.
Each attendee was given a custom tile produced by Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing which featured paintings of bridges created by the artists served by Pathfinder Community Supports. Original, full size bridge artwork was also auctioned off, benefiting both the artists and the new Creative Abilities art studio, a part of Pathfinder Community Supports Day Services program.
After the dinner, Nancy and Keith Hartley, the 2013 Herbert D. LaMont Award recipients, and Diane and Brian Adams, the daughter and grandson of Kay LaMont presented the prestigious Herbert D. LaMont award to Rose Broyles for her work with several not-for-profit agencies in Warren. Most of her activity has been with the Bread for Life Food Pantry, but she also advocates for her fellow community members to be sure they are receiving the education, services and respect they deserve. Some types of support she seeks for community members include housing and heat assistance, telephone minutes, transportation and tutoring support. The Pathfinder Services Board of Directors gives the LaMont award annually in honor of the late Herbert D. LaMont, who was a major force in the development of services for individuals with disabilities in Huntington County.
Bill and Barbara Hancher presented the Timothy Hancher Direct Services Award to Beth Stodgell, Residential Manager for the Market Street group home in Wabash, Indiana. Ms. Stodgell has been employed by Pathfinder Services for the past 12 years. Bill Hancher, along with his wife Barbara initiated the Timothy Hancher Direct Services Award, honoring a Pathfinder staff person who has gone “above and beyond” in providing direct services to the Pathfinder clients. The award was founded in memory of the Hancher’s son, Timothy, who was born with severe developmental and physical disabilities and passed away in 1996 at the age of 26.
At the dinner, exiting Pathfinder Services Board of Directors Chairman, Randy Sizemore, was presented with a Perske Print in appreciation of his six years of service. Mr. Sizemore also served on the Investment Committee for one year, was the Chair of the Finance Committee for five years, and was also involved with the Executive Committee for three years.
The evening continued when Pathfinder Services gave Community Partner Awards to individuals and organizations that supported Pathfinder Services Inc. and the individuals served during the past fiscal year. Recipients included:
- Pathfinder Community Supports thanked AWS Foundation for providing many different opportunities for those who are served. AWS Foundation provides financial support of the Summer Camp offered to teenagers with special needs and their organization coordinates the art show at the Disabilities Expo in Fort Wayne which allows Pathfinder Community Supports artists to showcase their talents. AWS Foundation also sponsored the Bike Art with Purpose project and has given the opportunity for individuals served to attend a Tin Caps game. Lynn Gilmore, Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of the AWS Foundation.
- Sara Wilcox was recognized for her support of Pathfinder Kids Kampus. Ms. Wilcox is a Speech Therapist with Hand in Hand Comprehensive Therapy Specialists and donates her time to parent and staff workshops to improve speech and language skills in children birth to three years old who are a part of the Early Head Start or Indiana First Steps program.
- Jeff Leslie and Andy Culver of Center Court Barber Shop were recognized for their support of individuals served by Pathfinder Community Supports in Wabash. Mr. Leslie has played Santa Claus at the Pathfinder Community Supports Christmas Party and both gentlemen provide haircuts, excellent service and the opportunity for community interaction for the men served by Pathfinder Community Supports in Wabash.
- Burger King in Wabash was honored for their partnership with Pathfinder Resource Connection throughout the year. Burger King provides successful employment for several individuals served by Pathfinder Services.
- Pathfinder Community Connections honored partner organization, Fahe, who provides a helping hand that allows families in need a chance to obtain home ownership through low-interest rate loans.
- Paula Garrett was recognized by Amramp for her work with Help, Inc. and Parkview Hospice. She is a caregiver who strives to make a difference in the lives of others by providing ramps to those who otherwise cannot afford them.
Mary Bell, Regional President of Wells Fargo, was presented with the Sustainable Business Partner Award for Wells Fargo Bank’s many years of partnership with several programs and services offered by Pathfinder Services.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Chuch Dietzen, pediatric rehabilitation specialist and the Founder and President of Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization founded in 1997. It works to expand access to healthcare in the developing world, while empowering students and medical professional volunteers to tackle pressing global health challenges. Dr. Chuck started his commitment to serve the medically underserved in 1992 when he traveled to the former Soviet Union, followed by trips to Haiti in 1993. Yet, his work in global medicine took off after traveling to India in 1997 and 1998 on various orthopedic missions. There, he had the inspiring opportunity to work alongside Mother Teresa, and returned to the US with a vision to found Timmy Global Health and encourage future medical professionals to also be future humanitarians.