Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Local man has his dreams come true

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2016

Pathfinder Services recently partnered with Pace Chevrolet to make John Baker’s dream to ride in a brand new Camaro a reality. Baker made his wish known to his Pathfinder Community Supports Staff and thanks to the donation of one hour in a Camaro from Pace Chevrolet his dream became a reality a few days before his 53rd birthday.

Baker was surprised by his direct support professional, Loretta Saunders, when he was driven by Larry Carr to lunch and then taken on a celebratory tour of the Pathfinder Services locations so that others who are served and Pathfinder Services employees could wave and congratulate him. Baker was then welcomed back to Creative Abilities, where he is a local artist, so that a small celebration of his dream becoming a reality could occur with friends and staff.

This is the second dream that Pathfinder Services has been a part of granting. In 2013, Kammy Updegrove and her sister Kimm were given a hot air balloon ride thanks to the many donations given to the then recently created Pathfinder Services Dream Fund. Updegrove has a diagnosis of Down syndrome and at the time of the hot air balloon ride, had also been diagnosed with dementia. The ride with her sister was a long-time dream that Kammy had and experiencing the soar through the sky brought them both great joy.

The Pathfinder Services’ Dream Fund is now backed by a committee and has a goal of touching the lives of at least four individuals who have a dream and are served by Pathfinder Community Supports or Pathfinder Kids Kampus by the end of October.

If you would like to make a monetary or in-kind donation to help the dreams of those who are served by Pathfinder Services become a reality, please visit www.pathfinderservices.org/donate or contact Chris West at cwest@pathfinderservices.org or call (260) 356-0500.

Shown in the photo are Pam Bowman, Pace Chevrolet; Larry Carr, Pathfinder Services and John Baker.