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Above, John Dickerson, executive director of the Arc of Indiana, participates in a celebration for Passages Inc.'s 60th anniversary of serving the disabled in Whitley County. Below, from top, commemorative cookies by The Cake Lady, Passages executive director Jason Meyer recognizes long-time board member Robin Wright for his service, and fall themed decor set the tone for a memorable evening Monday night.
On Monday, Passages celebrated their 60th anniversary on October 27 and held their joint annual meeting with Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation. More than 140 people attended the event at the Passages Creative Learning Center at 333 North Oak Street in Columbia City.
Kim Opsahl, president & CEO of the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilites (INARF) and John Dickerson, executive director of the Arc of Indiana spoke to employees, individuals served and community supporters of Passages in attendance.
During the meeting Paul Zilz was recognized for his years of service to the Passages board of directors, and Doug Brown, Paula Reimers and George Schrumpf were recommended to join the board of directors. Dick Buchanan was honored for his years of service to the Whitley Crossings and Whitley Meadows Board of Directors.
Whitley County Transit received the “Community Partnership With Passages Award” for their continued transportation services for the individuals served by Passages.
Jason Meyer, president and CEO of Passages honored past board chairpersons in attendance and provided a thank you to many in attendance for all they do for the organization. Everyone in attendance received a publication titled: “Passages, 60 Years, A Celebration of Service” which included the organization’s 60th anniversary annual report. Those in attendance also viewed the Passages 60th anniversary video, both of which can be found on the organization’s website at www.passagesinc.org.
Jim and Kay Fleck presented the first Jim and Kay Fleck Advocacy award to Judge Michael Rush for his years of service to the Passages Human Rights Committee as well as various roles with community service organizations.
At the conclusion of the evening, everyone in attendance enjoyed refreshments from The Cake Lady and had the opportunity to take tours of the new Creative Learning Center.
Passages, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that was established in Columbia City in 1954. The organization currently serves over 200 individuals and employs 165 people; offering a variety of community based programs and services for individuals with an intellectual disability.