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Pathfinder opens NeighborWorks Center

Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pathfinder Community Connections held two events on Friday, May 31 to open their NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers in Huntington and Fort Wayne. These events showcased the expansion of Pathfinder Community Connections programs.

The Huntington event took place at the Pathfinder Community Connections office located at 2824 Theater Avenue. Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters proclaimed May 31 as Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Day and encouraged all residents to join him in supporting efforts to help fellow citizens create a more stable and healthy community through increased home ownership.

Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, conducted a ribbon cutting along with a brief presentation from Dan Leonard from the Indiana House of Representatives. Those in attendance viewed a video from Senator Joe Donnelly recognizing the organization for all they do to promote affordable home ownership in Indiana. Milt Sharp, NeighborWorks America senior home ownership specialist; also spoke at the event along with Pathfinder Services president John Niederman. All speakers discussed “Home Matters to me because …” to emphasize the positive impact home ownership has on them or their community.

Jan Baumgartner, Pathfinder Community Connections director stated, “We are thrilled to be certified as a NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. This designation means citizens will benefit from our increased focus on home ownership and the positive changes it can bring to a neighborhood. Another benefit is increased training and technical assistance available from NeighborWorks America which our staff can use to support home buyers throughout Northeast Indiana.”

This event kicked off the organization’s celebration of National NeighborWorks week. Additionally, Pathfinder Community Connections also participated in a Neighborhood Block Party for the Huntington Drover Town Project. This project is focused on revitalizing a neighborhood within the city of Huntington. The Block party took place on Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the St. Peter’s First Community Church parking lot on the corner of Etna Avenue and Herman Street in Huntington.

Pathfinder Community Connections is a part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 235 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  In 2012, the NeighborWorks network generated more than $4.68 billion in total direct investment and helped 305,100 individuals and families with affordable housing and counseling.  In 2012, NeighborWorks organizations hosted 237 events to benefit their communities.  The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

Pathfinder Community Connections is the community development division of Pathfinder Services and was created in 1997. Pathfinder Community Connections guides potential home buyers through the entire process of pre-purchase education, financial fitness, homebuyer education, loan packaging and closing, post-purchase counseling and foreclosure prevention if needed, free tax preparation, individual development t accounts, community building and organization, and an auto buying program. Pathfinder Community Connections can be found online at