Pathfinders cuts ribbon on newest group home

By Joseph Slacian

Pathfinder Services CEO Danielle Tips and Wabash Mayor Scott Long cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on the newest Pathfinder group home in Wabash.

The home, located on Half Street, is the third in Wabash and the fourth in Wabash County. There also is a Pathfinder group home in North Manchester.

The 4,000-square-foot home will house seven Pathfinder clients.

“We are so thankful for our partners who have helped make this possible,” Tips said during a brief ceremony before the ribbon cutting. “As you know, aging in place is such an important aspect for everyone, especially for individuals with disabilities. That, in combination with finding affordable, accessible housing is an issue in communities all across the state.

“We are so thankful to have such great partners who have helped make that possible for the individuals we support.”

Long told those gathered that for many years the Half Street site the home is located was not buildable.

“This lot has been available for a number of years,” he said. “We found out that it was unbuildable because there was a storm line that ran right through the middle of this home.

“As we began looking a couple of years ago at some mis-sized pipes, we decided to move the storm line closer to the property line, that way this lot could be sold and someone could build. Fortunately, Pathfinders could build another fantastic group home in Wabash.

“So this is a fantastic opportunity to take an unusable lot and turn it into a facility that’s going to benefit all of our citizens that need this type of facility in the City of Wabash.”

In addition to the City of Wabash, other partners in the project were Rayco Home Services, who purchased the land and then donated it to Pathfinder Services.  Also, PNC Bank representatives helped with writing the grant for the home. 

“The work that Pathfinder does is critical to our community and we are pleased to be able to be a good partner,” said Long. 

“Between the new Pathfinder Services office dedicated last week that was built on an old Brownfield site on Cass Street and this new home that was on land that had been for sale for a very long time, we continue to work together to make Wabash a better city for people of all abilities.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the closing event in a month full of activities for Disability Awareness Month in all the communities served by Pathfinder Services.

Posted on 2021 Apr 06