Gordon Tubbs and Gateway residents get ready for Prom night!
50th Celebration was a HUGE success!!!
Everyone had a great time
1971 to 2021
Pathfinder, Inc. was incorporated in August of 1971. The initial enrollment for that year was 6 students in a preschool program. As awareness of the services available in the Jacksonville area increased, Pathfinder was approached by a group of concerned parents to make services available to their adult disabled dependents. Read More
Jonesboro ADDT had special visitors today! They were here to make sure that we are staying safe but we got to see their cool truck and get some pics too!
Welcome and Presentation will start at 9:30 AM at 905 Redmond Rd!
Our ICF residents attended Camp Solgohachia this month. Camp Solgohachia is located on a 325 acre mountain top in Solgohachia, Arkansas. The camp reached out to Pathfinder to invite our ICF residents to experience the activities offered. Each ICF spent a day at the camp where they were able to enjoy swimming, fishing, go-karts, music, and more. This was an extra special occasion as the outing was the first day trip/overnight trip that our ICF residents were able to attend since the start of COVID in March 2020. The residents had a great time!
Community Helping Community
On Saturday April 10 and Saturday April 17, Pathfinder Preschool was graced with the volunteer work of University of Arkansas- Pulaski Technical College’s Phi Theta Kappa. They heard that our garden was in need of repair and repalnting due to the struggles through our Covid year. Phi Theta Kappa advisors, Jessica Wise and Amanda Kennedy, led their team in rolling up their sleeves and grinding away in the mud to clean up, and replant our gardens. Delana Crutti, Phi Theta Kappa officer, grew vegetables and fruit in her greenhouse and donated all that was planted. The garden is beaming with squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, watermelon, pumpkins, peppers, grape vines and more. Flowers, bird houses, a bird bath and ferns were donated by other students of the organization. The Phi Theta Kappa team were joined by myself and three of my staff, Ms Mirian, Ms Amada and Ms Desiree who gave their time and muscle to assist in the garden revival. In addition, two of Central Arkansas Christian School's students, Ava and Joshua Wise, used the garden opportunity as a way to "give to the community" during their school's "Caring About Community” campaign. Ava and Joshua said, “This was our best day ever" as they took great pride in their hard work. In addition to the clean up and planting, 100 bags of mulch was spread!
It was amazing and overwhelming to see the love, joy and giving Phi Theta Kappa brought to our school. They were positive, energetic and have decided to take our school garden on as an every spring event. Saying thank you doesn't seem like enough for the blessings this amazing group brought to us. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that promotes academic excellence and excellence is what they demonstrated in this project. We were honored to present Phi Theta Kappa with a leaf to attach to our garden wall of donations. My staff and I were truly inspired. In fact, Mr. Lucas was so inspired by the dedication of this team that he put together our new house for the children all by himself this past week. Thank you, UAPTC’s Phi Theta Kappa for showing us all what is accomplished when communities help communities!!!
Children's Week 2021
Children's Week (April 12-16) 2021
consisted of "Making Amazing Things Happen (MATH)"
We celebrated with the Math Olympics. The children began the week with a torch run where they also picked up quilt pieces to be decorated by every child and staff in the building. Throughout the week they participated and competed in math games. The week ended on Friday with a run through the finish line for all participants where each class brought their completed quilt pieces, which will be sewn together to make our Pathfinder Preschool quilt. The quilt will represent the unity we all have in working together to provide the best for our clients. Each child received a trophy and a math skills ribbon. They ended the day celebrating with cupcakes! The children had a wonderful time making amazing things happen with math.
From Jonesboro Adult Development Center
Jonesboro ADC has started a Monthly Service Challenge. The March challenge was to collect soda can tabs for Ronald McDonald House at St. Judes.
Every month this year we are challenging our clients to participate in a service project. We had a contest between all the clients for the most collected and then we challenged EastArk Enterprises to a contest as well, with the winner earning an ice cream party!
EastArk beat us but everyone did great! (Next time West Memphis!!) Thanks for sharing, Kim!!! Jonesboro winners:
EastArk Enterprises accepted the challenge from Jonesboro ADC and won the ice cream party! They collected 15lbs of soda tabs. Morgan brought the most in and she received a $20 prize. All soda tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House at St. Judes. Good job, EastArk Enterprises!!! 👍👍👍 Thanks for sharing, Heather!
Recognition and Kindness
In October 2020, a person assigned to my caseload passed away. The person left behind a parakeet (named Pretty Boy) that had nowhere to go. I remembered that the residents at Plaza Group Home had a parakeet (named Silver) in their care. So, I asked the residential manager, Anita Washington, if they had room for one more parakeet. Anita said she would have to discuss it with the residents at Plaza because the residents would be the ones responsible for the bird’s care. Anita later informed me that the residents uniformly agreed to take on the responsibility of caring for another parakeet. Whenever I visit the Plaza Group Home, it brings me such joy to hear Pretty Boy and Silver singing to each other. I wanted to share this story because Pretty Boy had nowhere to go when his owner passed away; he was a homeless bird. I envision the previous owner looking down and smiling as Pretty Boy continues to sing his songs. Thanks to all at the Plaza Group Home for exemplifying service.
Glory Pearsall, Care Coordinator – 1/27/2021
Pathfinder, Inc., a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the development and implementation of individualized strategies designed to enable citizens with developmental disabilities, and/or behavioral health needs, total access to community life.
Pathfinder provides an array of services for the disabled. Services are provided for those citizens, of Arkansas, with developmental disabilities. Our objective is for each participant to become a self-supporting, productive member of society.
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