Madison County is growing in opportunities

So says nonprofit award finalist

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Annette Phillips

Community Development Director

PathStone Housing Corporation of Indiana

1917 W. Royale

Muncie, IN 47304

765-286-2162

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www.pathstone.org

 

Education is the vital foundation of any endeavor. While that may sound like a quote it’s really more of a fact.

Since owning a home is fundamental to breaking a cycle of poverty, for many of our citizens, understanding the myriad of forms, processes and financial rules that go into buying your first home can be daunting at the least. Even more difficult can be retaining a home when the home owner has faced hardship.

Annette Phillips, Director of PathStone of Indiana says, “We can really help with foreclosure counseling and access to Indiana Hardest Hit Funds for families facing losing their home due to divorce, medical, death, job loss and other situations beyond their control.

We are also an affordable housing developer specializing in rehab of multifamily rentals and single family homes for homeownership. Our current project is Abbott Apartments in Anderson which consists of eight affordable housing units that successfully competed and was awarded a $500,000 Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Affordable Housing Program grant.”

To learn more about Path Stone, visit www.pathstone.org or call (765) 286-2162 to see how you can help.

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Yes. The business sunrise looks like more education, training and employment opportunities for Madison County residents. I also envision business and community working together to achieve this.”

What does "A New Day" mean to you?

“It means a fresh start with a blank canvas to create a new and improved Madison County.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

“Our hope and confidence helps us to see past what our sight alone sometimes reveals to see that we can make small steps that will eventually lead to the change we want to achieve.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“There are times that seem more uncertain than others, but we rally together to stay positive.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“We hope to do our part in helping residents to utilize our programs and services to improve their quality of life and make a positive impact on the communities in which they live.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“Madison County IS growing in opportunities. It is a community committed to helping everyone thrive in the areas of income, education, and health.”

PathStone is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Non Profit of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.

A New Day

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