Passages 60th Anniversary Celebrates with a Night of Fun

Passages celebrated their 60th anniversary on October 27th and held their joint annual meeting with Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation on Monday, October 27th. Over 140 people attended the event at the Passages Creative Learning Center located at 333 North Oak Street in Columbia City.

Kim Opsahl, President & CEO of the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilites (INARF) and John Dickerson, Executive Director of the Arc of Indiana spoke to employees, individuals served, and community supporters of Passages in attendance.

During the meeting Paul Zilz was recognized for his years of service to the Passages Board of Directors, and Doug Brown, Paula Reimers and George Schrumpf were recommended to join the Board of Directors. Dick Buchanan was honored for his years of service to the Whitley Crossings and Whitley Meadows Board of Directors.

Whitley County Transit received the “Community Partnership With Passages Award” for their continued transportation services for the individuals served by Passages.

Jason Meyer, President and CEO of Passages honored past board chairpersons in attendance and provided a thank you to many in attendance for all they do for the organization. Everyone in attendance received a publication titled: “Passages, 60 Years, A Celebration of Service” which included the organization’s 60th anniversary annual report. Those in attendance also viewed the Passages 60th anniversary video, both of which can be found on the organization’s website at

Jim & Kay Fleck presented the first Jim & Kay Fleck Advocacy award to Judge Michael Rush for his years of service to the Passages Human Rights Committee as well as various roles with community service organizations.

At the conclusion of the evening everyone in attendance enjoyed refreshments from the Cake Lady and had the opportunity to take tours of the new Creative Learning Center.



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