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Better prospects

Visionary groups, leaders promote greater good


A description of “visionary” is usually reserved for corporate settings – work that expands possibilities. In northeast Indiana, it works just as well for some nonprofit organizations. Consider two examples:

•Community Harvest Food Bank last week celebrated the close of its $5 million capital campaign, a fundraising effort to renovate its Tillman Road headquarters and open a new Coliseum Boulevard center – the first Feeding America food bank in the nation to use a cutting-edge blanch-chill-freeze technique that will allow fresh produce to be stored for distribution months later.

•Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities is in the second phase of an ambitious capital campaign, working to raise $14.1 million to build a 65,000-square-foot fieldhouse to accommodate adaptive sports and athletes, an expanded aquatic therapy pool, wellness center and new recreational space for veterans with disabilities.

Turnstone is about two-thirds of its way toward the goal, having already completed the $1.4 million Madge Rothschild Pediatric Therapy Wing at its North Clinton Street location.

Both Community Harvest and Turnstone are true to their core mission, but their work serves a greater good.

The value of feeding 90,000 hungry people a year can’t be overstated – older residents who can remain in their homes with homebound delivery services; children who can learn in school because of food distributed through the Community Pantry.

Turnstone serves about 2,200 individuals with disabilities and families each year through therapy, adult day services, health and wellness programs, sports and recreation, and more. It hosted 25 weekend sports tournaments in 2013, generating an estimated $800,000 from out-of-town visitors and showcasing the talents of athletes who inspire us all.

Two dynamic leaders – Jane Avery at Community Harvest and Nancy Louraine at Turnstone – deserve much credit for the “visionary” titles their organizations deserve, but we all benefit.