Located in La Porte, Indiana, Parents and Friends is promoting and preserving the independence of the elderly and disabled daily. We help over 70 individuals live an independent life through our services. Parents and Friends is a vital part of serving the community. We give our clients dignity and present opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. Our clients are our motivation.
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Parents And Friends, Inc. (PAF) is a non-profit agency committed to the support of Adults with disabilities and the senior population in La Port County. Parents and Friends of the Handicapped, as it was called in the 1970’s when it began in the home of Father Blaney along with Jane Herrberg, and Joan White Coleman, the founders of PAF, had a vision of supporting persons we serve to reach their highest potential. Today we operate under that same vision. The mission of PAF is to “To promote personal development and independence and protect the disabled and elderly.” Since those days in the 1970’s, Parents and Friends, Inc. has grown and expanded throughout La Porte County.
I took over the reigns as the CEO in 2001, when there were approximately 60 employees. Today we have over 140 employees. Our 11 member volunteer Board of Directors work tirelessly to keep the agency going strong and my senior Directors bring professionalism and leadership to the programs we operate. Our supportive programs include Community Living Services, Residential Services, and Affordable Housing Programs.
In 2005, PAF, through grants from Indiana Housing and Community Development; Federal Home Loan Bank; and The City of La Porte Community Block grant; built Butterfly Garden Apartments, located on Andrew Ave. La Porte, Indiana. Each duplex apartment has 1100sq.ft of living space, with 3 bedrooms and two baths. Twenty-Four of our persons we support reside in the Butterfly Garden Apartments.
In 2007, PAF purchased the space at North Pine center where our Administrative and Program Management offices are located. The Agency has grown and prospered and we now occupy most of the 17,000 sq. ft.
Since the closing of the Council On Aging in April 2014, the agency has gone through positive structural changes. Every program and staffing associated with those programs were analyzed to ensure that we had the right mix and balance of skills and personalities in key positions to move the agency forward now and in the future. This was and is a difficult process. I’m thankful to the Board of Directors and the senior staff for their support as we soar through this process.
The agency made a commitment to perform our work at a higher standard of excellence, and each one of us are held accountable to that standard.
In September 2013, I hired Robert Fryer, CFO, who was instructed to review all of our financial policies and procedures and to make his recommendations to me for the necessary changes needed for our financial success. The Senior Directors and I reviewed Robert’s recommendations along with the Board of Directors, and the positive changes at PAF began.
Within the past 12 months, through belt tightening, restructuring of the financial processes and prudent financial decision making, we are financially stable with a positive operating cash flow.
Effective July 2014, as a result of our financial position, the agency has given up to 3% raises to all employees, and increased the starting hourly rate for Direct Support Professionals to $8.50/hr.
The goals for PAF include maximizing the quality of each program and ensuring that every program reaches its full potential and remains financially viable. We have proven that we are able and willing to make significant and sustainable changes and everybody should be proud of the success we have made in a short period of time. The past is behind us, we are on solid footing for the future.
The persons we serve are counting on us to plan for their future and we won’t take that lightly. Partnerships and collaborations are all being discussed and we will make the right decisions at the right times with the right entities.
The organization is highly regarded by the families. One family member said, "I couldn't do it without them." "They are the best service provider in this area." These declarations affirm PAF's commitment to quality services.
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