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  • Left to Right: Turnstone Board Members, Tom Trent & Barney Niezer, AWS Foundation CEO, Patti Hays, AWS Foundation Board Member, Tracie Martin, Turnstone CEO Mike Mushett

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:54 am

Verbatim: Turnstone Receives Major Grant from AWS Foundation

The following was released on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Turnstone: 

Fort Wayne, IN – Turnstone is pleased to announce AWS Foundation has awarded a $1 Million grant to support the creation and expansion of programs and services for people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities throughout the region. The funds will also allow for the completion of a variety of projects associated with the recent facility expansion and construction of the PlassmanAthleticCenter where the programs and services are held. Fifty-percent of the grant is designated as matching dollars designed to leverage additional community support. 

“Turnstone is thrilled to receive this generous commitment of support from AWS Foundation,” said Mike Mushett, Turnstone CEO. ”We are equally excited that our two organizations, along with other community partners, are collaborating to ensure that Fort Wayne and Allen County is a welcoming and accessible community for all residents and visitors, regardless of physical, intellectual or sensory limitations.” 

Turnstone’s adaptive sports programs reach well beyond the tri state area giving national recognition to Fort Wayne as a diverse and inclusive community. In addition to helping individuals, the PlassmanAthleticCenter has a tremendous economic impact by bringing sports tournaments and Paralympic events to the city.

“Turnstone’s “Big Dream” project that resulted in the PlassmanAthleticCenter was a bold and ambitious project that required significant resources, not only for the building and equipment itself, but also for the expanded services and programs that it allowed,” said Barney Niezer, Turnstone Board Chairman. “We are so thankful to AWS and everyone who has allowed us to realize our Big Dream and better fulfill our mission of empowering people with disabilities to maximize their personal potential by providing comprehensive services and programs.” 

AWS Foundation CEO, Patti Hays said, “This grant recognizes the importance of the programs and services that Turnstone provides to people of all abilities. They are a vital part of Northeast Indiana’s image as an inclusive community.” 

Since the building of the PlassmanAthleticCenter, Turnstone has seen significant growth in the number of clients utilizing the fully accessible fitness & wellness center, warm water therapy pools, occupational, physical, speech, recreation and related therapy services, along with sport and recreation programs at the recreational and competitive levels. In addition Turnstone has also experienced growth in other programs such as Adult Day services, KimbroughEarlyLearningCenter, and Dementia /Memory Care services.