Erv Derda never stopped fighting for the underdog

Memorial tribute to Ervin Derda May 3, 1924 – February 5, 2018 Sometimes a laundry list of life accomplishments just doesn’t tell you what you really need to know. What you really need to know about Erv Derda, an amazing gentleman who had no children with disabilities of his own, is that he fought against injustice as a pilot in World War II. And when that battle was done, he spent the rest of his life fighting injustice on behalf of children and adults with special needs. Erv was a man of the greatest character.  He believed in right, wrong, and the idea of not wasting life.  “Not...

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Emily’s snowman becomes LOGAN holiday greeting

Emily Holub, 27,  didn’t know she was an artist until she started painting about two years ago. During a work break at LOGAN Industries, she picked up a paintbrush in one of the Studios classrooms. Following the direction of Studios art instructor Ann Rudasiacs, Emily caught on quickly and discovered a talent she didn’t know she had. She’s been painting ever since. “Ann offers ideas. I pick the ideas out I like and go with it,” Emily explained. LOGAN turned one of Emily’s original paintings, a laid back snowman, into a holiday greeting card. It sold out quickly. ...

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Exciting news about a new partnership

Message from Matt Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce LOGAN Community Resources, Inc. will begin providing residential and adult day services March 1, 2018 at Hannah & Friends Neighborhood in South Bend. As you may already know, many of the adults who participate in programs at Hannah & Friends, also take part in LOGAN programs and services. So, this is a natural and mutually beneficial evolution of our relationship. LOGAN and Hannah & Friends want the same thing: to see women and men with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize their full potential in life. In this...

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Stuck in a job rut? Get moving again at LOGAN

Join the LOGAN Residential Team as a DSP and earn up to $875 in sign-on bonuses the first year! Working hard but getting nowhere? Tired of the daily grind? If you answered yes, then it’s time to make a job change. And the timing couldn’t be better! Opportunity is knocking at LOGAN, so open up and see what we have to offer.  At LOGAN, going to work means helping someone discover and fulfill their potential. Jobs matter at LOGAN. Employees matter. They matter to the people they serve and to the agency and its mission.  Here’s what one employee says about working at LOGAN: “LOGAN...

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A miracle for Aurelia

“You don’t want her. She’s deficient.” I lived in an orphanage in Romania and no one wanted me. The Embassy official told my adoptive mom “You don’t want her. She’s deficient.” But mom said “I do want her. She’s for me. And I’m for her.” Now, I’m 28. I walk with a cane and have developmental disabilities. But I graduated from Mishawaka High School and I have a purpose. I want to work like everyone else. When I looked for a job, I couldn’t find one. Years went by. The job coaches at all the other places couldn’t...

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Shop ’til you drop at LOGAN Holiday Bazaar

Find unique gifts, cards and more   Artists in The Studios Adult Day Services at LOGAN are on a deadline. They’re putting the finishing touches on their projects for the fourth annual Holiday Bazaar. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 4, the public is invited to LOGAN Center to walk our gallery and browse through the artwork. Everything on display will be available for purchase or special order. All proceeds benefit the artists and The Studios program. Don’t miss your chance to buy truly beautiful items handmade by participants of The Studios Adult Day Services at LOGAN....

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Chris Young calls LOGAN “family”

When Chris Young needed to start eating healthier, his guardian advocate, Marilyn Florey of LOGAN Protective Services, arranged for him to take cooking classes at LOGAN. He learned how to prepare healthier snacks, like apples with caramel dip, and how to plan a healthy menu. Chris was the only student, and the class was tailor-made just for him. That kind of individual attention gives Chris a special bond with his LOGAN “family.” He’s been a ward of LOGAN Protective Services for more than seven years. He’s so comfortable with his guardian advocate, he calls Marilyn, “Mom.” Chris...

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150 families needed for new research project

Want to be part of a research project designed to improve programs for all LOGAN families? Now’s your chance. We’re looking for 150 families in the greater Michiana area, including southwest Michigan, northern Indiana and even Fort Wayne, to participate in the Supporting Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Communication project. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention program for families with an individual with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Over the course of several months, families will receive information about communication, conflict resolution...

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INvestABLE Indiana gives families the ability to save

LOGAN had the honor August 22 to be a host launch site for INvestABLE, the Indiana ABLE Act savings plan for Hoosiers with disabilities. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for many daily, disability-related expenses on a tax-deferred basis. Most important, these savings do not limit their ability to benefit from Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and other federal programs. A summary of the plan highlights follows: Tax advantages Earnings may compound federally on a tax-deferred basis Withdrawals are tax-free,...

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Planning ahead brings parents “peace of mind”

Emily and Josh Carroll know firsthand how vigilant parents must be to secure the best future possible for their children. Their youngest child, Asher Reed,  was born with a chromosome deletion causing multiple medical and developmental issues, including hearing loss and autism. Asher attends LOGAN’s Sonya Ansari Autism Learning Center at Granger, where he has surpassed every goal set for him so far. “He is working hard day after day towards the best life possible for himself; you better bet I plan to also do the same for him,” Emily said. Emily reviewed the INvestABLE Indiana...

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