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    Welcome to Pathfinder Community Connections

    Pathfinder Community Connections, the community development division of Pathfinder Services, was created in 1997. more

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    Mike & Kim’s Story

    We decided to look at a house after we lost our last house due to extensive medical bills. more

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    Lori Philbee Story

    As a single mother of four, and employed at Dupont Hospital as a Housekeeper, I came to Pathfinder Community Connections in March more

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    Laura’s Story

     ”The staff walked me through with what I needed to start the process of being approved for and finding a home.” See Laura’s Video!  

     

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Click above to get started on the path to homeownership.

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Communities for a Lifetime Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Application “Click Here” to download. E-mail completed application to Jeff Teusch at jteusch@pathfinderservices.org or fax to (260) 356-1369 or fill out online form here:

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See “Home Matters To Me” video  Click Here”

See our New HomeOwnership Video “Click Here”

Senator Joe Donnelly Welcome Video ” Click here”

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Pathfinder Community Connections also acquires vacant or abandoned homes to rehabilitation.  Once the homes are restored and upgraded to be more energy-efficient, they are sold to waiting buyers through our Acquisiton and Rehabilitation Program.  If an interested buyer is unable to purchase a newly completed home, the Lease/Purchase Program allows  buyers-to-be to rent the home for up to two years until they are mortgage-ready, at which time they can purchase the home.

Our Community Building and Organizing staff assists residents in targeted neighborhoods to work cooperatively to develop a Quality of Life Plan with goals and objectives they choose to improve their community.

 Quality of Life Plan for Fort Wayne 46807 (download PDF)

LATEST NEWS
  • Pathfinder Community Connection and the Indiana Office of USDA Rural Development Receive Award

    Posted on June 17, 2015

    Pathfinder Services, Inc. and the Indiana State Office of USDA Rural Development received a prestigious national award from NeighborWorks America’s Rural Initiative on May 7, 2015 . In celebration of National Homeowner Month, John Niederman, President of Pathfinder Services, was asked by NeighborWorks America’s officials to recognize the sustaining 18 year partnership with USDA Rural Housing Services. The joint effort has resulted in Northeast Indiana continuously leading the nation in the number of families receiving home buyer education and qualifying for and successfully receiving mortgage financing through the USDA 502 Direct mortgage loan program that serves rural families with income below 80% of area median income (AMI).

    L to R: Izzy Rodriguez Granite Ridge Builders, Jorge Ortiz, Regional Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, John Niederman Pathfinder Services President, Teresa Hueber Granite Ridge Builders, Nicole Russell, Erik Russell, Elaina Russell, Nicholas Russell, Allison McSherry, U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman's Regional Director, Seth Russell, Lonnie Norris Vice President of Sales for Granite Ridge Builders, Rose Decker, Pathfinder Services Community Connection Senior Mortgage Specialist, Justin Barker, Pathfinder Community Connection HomeOwnership Center Coordinator, Tony Doepker Granite Ridge Builders, Phyllis Crumrin, the Chief Single Family Housing Specialist for the USDA Indiana Office of Rural Development and Vincent Maloney, Single Family Housing Director for the USDA Indiana Office of Rural Development.

    L to R: Izzy Rodriguez Granite Ridge Builders, Jorge Ortiz, Regional Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, John Niederman Pathfinder Services President, Teresa Hueber Granite Ridge Builders, Nicole Russell, Erik Russell, Elaina Russell, Nicholas Russell, Allison McSherry, U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman’s Regional Director, Seth Russell, Lonnie Norris Vice President of Sales for Granite Ridge Builders, Rose Decker, Pathfinder Services Community Connection Senior Mortgage Specialist, Justin Barker, Pathfinder Community Connection HomeOwnership Center Coordinator, Tony Doepker Granite Ridge Builders, Phyllis Crumrin, the Chief Single Family Housing Specialist for the USDA Indiana Office of Rural Development and Vincent Maloney, Single Family Housing Director for the USDA Indiana Office of Rural Development.

    On June 16th, Pathfinder Services presented the Indiana Office of USDA Rural Development with their award. The award presentation took place at the residence of Erik & Nicole Russell in Woodburn, Indiana, one of  more than 2,000 families since 1998 that received a USDA 502 Direct loan packaged by Pathfinder Community Connections, the community development division of Pathfinder Services. The house was built by Granite Ridge Builders, a critical partner in the success of the program over the years.  In attendance were Vincent Maloney, Single Family Housing Director, and Phyllis Crumrin, the Chief Single Family Housing Specialist for the USDA Indiana Office of Rural Development. Allison McSherry, U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman’s Regional Director, Paul Lagemann, Northeast Indiana Regional Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Dan Coats and Jorge Ortiz, Regional Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly.

    Other participant included Homeowners Erik & Nicole Russell and their three children, Lonnie Norris Vice President of Sales for Granite Ridge Builders, and Pathfinder Services staff  including John Niederman President, and key Pathfinder Community Connections staff members, Rose Decker, Senior Mortgage Specialist, and Justin Barker, HomeOwnership Center Coordinator.

    From 2009 to 2013, Pathfinder Services has generated in Northeast Indiana $446,000,000 in total economic impact contributing to 3,400 jobs, and $46,600,000 in total tax impact based on a study commissioned by NeighborWorks America.

    “Much of the economic impact has come from enabling families like the Russells, who dreamed of homeownership and needed the partnership of Pathfinder Services, USDA Rural Development and Granite Ridge Builders to make that dream a reality, stated John Niederman, President of Pathfinder Services. “With the help of area realtors and other local building partners, Pathfinder Services has partnered with the Indiana Office of Rural Development to make significant, long term impact in Northeast Indiana. Together, we are working towards our goal of strengthening communities by enabling people to achieve independence, inclusion and stability.”

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  • Pathfinder Community Connections Hosting Financial Fitness Workshops in Fort Wayne 6/2, 6/9 & 6/16

    Posted on May 18, 2015

    Build your future with Finanical Fitness WorkshopsPathfinder Community Connections will be hosting a three part Financial Fitness Workshop on June 2nd, 9th and 16th.  The focus is on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores to work toward home ownership.  This workshop consists of three sessions of three hours each and is designed for anyone in the community who would like to improve their financial situation.

    On June 9th, John Panzella, Director of Sales, Service and Training for CoreLogic Credco, will be a guest speaker. CoreLogic provides consumer credit services to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and its affiliates.  John has worked in the credit industry for 15 years. He is a Certified FICO Professional, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Certified and he is also a certified Credit Expert Witness.

    The workshop will take place at Pathfinder Community Connections located in The Summit Campus at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd., Suite 301 in Fort Wayne (the old Taylor University Campus).

    The three sessions will take place from 5:30PM until 8:30PM on June 2nd, 9th and 16th.Topics for the workshop include:

    • How credit reporting works and how to achieve a healthier credit score.
    • Learn to track expenses and identify spending leaks.
    • Establish financial goals and a spending plan.
    • Review lender expectations for obtaining a mortgage.

    The workshop is $25 and registration is required. To register, please contact Sandy Ayers at Pathfinder Community Connections at (260) 456-2385, ext. 3601 or e-mail her at sayers@pathfinderservices.org.  Space is limited so please call today. 

    This workshop is made possible through grants received from NeighborWorks America and Lake City Bank. Thanks to WBCL 90.3 FM for providing promotional assistance for the June program.

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  • Pathfinder Community Connections Accepting Applications to Receive Up to $20,000 for Home Repairs

    Posted on April 14, 2015

    Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center and The City of Huntington are excited to announce that applications are being accepted for the second round of construction in the Communities for a Lifetime Drover Town Project.  The City of Huntington was awarded over $660,000 from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) in March of 2012.  Pathfinder Community Connections is working on behalf of the City to provide rehabilitation of owner occupied homes in Drover Town and the surrounding area.

    Homeowners who live in or near the Drover Town area are encouraged to contact Pathfinder Community Connections to see if they qualify for up to $20,000 in home rehabilitation and repair as part of the Communities for a Lifetime Project.  Applications are available at www.cchomes.org or by contacting Jeff Teusch at jteusch@pathfinderservices.org or at 260-356-0521.  

    Initial application requirements are:

    • -The house must be located in or near the historic Drover Town neighborhood in Huntington.

    • -Occupants of the house must be the legal owner; no rental properties will qualify.

    • -Homeowner must be 55 years of age or older by December 31, 2014 OR a person in the household must have a physical or developmental disability.

    • -Rehabilitation work done to the house must meet a need that is essential for day to day living. Program staff will meet with homeowners to determine the need.

    • -The house and the home owner must meet program requirements.

     

    Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center also invites local contractors to join the bidders list for future jobs. Contractors may contact Jeff Teusch at 260-356-0521 or jteusch@pathfinderservices.org for more information.

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  • Home Buyer Education in Burmese at Fort Wayne 3/28/15

    Posted on March 20, 2015

    The Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center is offering a Home Buyer Education class taught in Burmese on Saturday, February 28th from 8:00AM until 5:00PM at their office located at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd, Suite 301 in Fort Wayne.

    The eight hour class, taught in Burmese, will focus on reviewing what is necessary to become successful home buyers and home owners.  Pathfinder Community Connections follows the NeighborWorks curriculum, “Realizing the American Dream”, which is used by home buyer educators across the United States.

    The class is $60 per family and reservations are required. Please contact Trish Feightner at 260-456-2385 Ext. 3602 or James Shwe at Ext. 3603 or by e-mailing Trish at tfeightn@pathfinderservices.org or James at jshwe@pathfinderservices.org.  All Pathfinder Community Connections instructors are certified by NeighborWorks America and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority as home buyer educators and counselors. 

    Potential home buyers include individuals who have never owned a home, have owned a home but no longer live there due to divorce, have always rented or lived with family members, have a good credit record, earn 50-80% of the area’s median income, and those who want to own a home but believe they cannot afford it.

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  • Financial Fitness Workshop Series Registration Open!

    Posted on February 11, 2015

    Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be hosting a three part Financial Fitness Workshop on March 3rd, 10th and 17th.  The focus is on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores to work toward home ownership.  This workshop consists of three sessions of three hours each and is designed for anyone in the community who would like to improve their financial situation.

    The workshop will take place at Pathfinder Community Connections located at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd., Suite 301 in Fort Wayne (the old Taylor University Campus).

    The three sessions will take place from 5:30PM to 8:30PM on March 3rd, 10th and 17th. Topics for the workshop include:

    -How credit reporting works and how to achieve a healthier credit score.

    -Learn to track expenses and identify spending leaks.

    -Establish financial goals and a spending plan.

    -Review lender expectations for obtaining a mortgage.

     

    The workshop is $25 and registration is required. To register, please contact Sandy Ayers at Pathfinder Community Connections at (260) 456-2385, ext. 3601 or e-mail her at

    sayers@pathfinderservices.org.  Space is limited so please call today. 

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  • Community Connections Open House 11/15 for 709 West Packard Ave, Fort Wayne

    Posted on November 14, 2014

    Pathfinder Community Connections is excited to host a ribbon cutting and open house at a newly rehabilitated home at 709 West Packard Avenue in Fort Wayne on November 15th. It starts at 1:00pm, with the open house concluding at 4:00pm.

    The once vacant home was acquired and rehabilitated by Pathfinder Services thanks to funding received from NeighborWorks® America and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation through their Priority Markets Initiative Award.  The Leading the Way Home Priority Markets Initiative provides grant support for neighborhood stabilization projects that are located in areas designated for revitalization to stimulate growth, stability and investment in distressed areas.

    “We are very grateful for the funding from both Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and NeighborWorks America which allowed us to acquire and rehabilitate this once vacant home,” state Jan Baumgartner, Senior Director of Pathfinder Community Connections.  “We are so proud to offer this beautiful house and hope that a family will call 709 West Packard Avenue home in the very near future,” concluded Baumgartner.

    The four bedroom, two bath property is now listed for sale by Imagine Real Estate and features new plumbing, electrical, flooring, kitchen, bathrooms, heating / cooling system, and water heater.  More information on the property can be found at: www.imaginerealestate.net.  Down payment assistance may be available and some income limitations do apply.

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  • Pathfinder Community Connections to Host Financial Fitness Workshop Beginning November 4th in Fort Wayne

    Posted on October 23, 2014

    Community Connections Financial-Fitness

    Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be hosting a three part Financial Fitness Workshop on November 4th, 11th, and 18th.  The focus is on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores to work toward home ownership.  This workshop consists of three sessions of three hours each and is designed for anyone in the community who would like to improve their financial situation.

    The workshop will take place at Pathfinder Community Connections located at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd., Suite 301 in Fort Wayne (the old Taylor University Campus).

    The three sessions will take place from 5:30PM until 8:30PM on November 4th, 11th, and 18th.  Topics for the workshop include:

    -How credit reporting works and how to achieve a healthier credit score.

    -Learn to track expenses and identify spending leaks.

    -Establish financial goals and a spending plan.

    -Review lender expectations for obtaining a mortgage.

    The workshop is $25 and registration is required. To register, please contact Sandy Ayers at Pathfinder Community Connections at (260) 456-2385 Ext. 3601 or e-mail her at: sayers@pathfinderservices.org.  Space is limited so please call today. 

    This workshop is made possible through grants received from NeighborWorks America, Lake City Bank, 1st Source Bank, and PNC Bank.

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2824 Theater Ave.
Huntington, IN 46750
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Fort Wayne, IN 46807
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