Joe’s Kids Receives Grant From Community Foundation

Left to right: Stephanie Overbey, Kosciusko County Community Foundation; Rebecca Bazzoni, Joe’s Kids; Janice Blosser; and Tom Tearney, 1st Source Bank.

Joe’s Kids recently received a grant in the amount of $5,400 from The William and Helen Dye Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

The late William and Helen Dye raised their two disabled children in the house Bill’s grandparents built after they immigrated from Germany. William (Bill) was a car mechanic and also owned several apartments in the Warsaw area. Bill named his trust officer, as well as his neighbor, Janice Blosser, as advisors to the fund. Annually, Janice and a representative from 1st Source Bank recommend grants to charities they believe Bill would want to support. Having disabled children themselves, supporting Joe’s Kids is something the Dyes would have valued.

Joe’s Kids provides therapies, including physical, occupational and speech therapy in order to help children reach their full potential. Appropriate therapy from a young age can have a profound impact on a child’s development and ability to function independently later in life. Joe’s Kids provides care to children with a wide variety of diagnoses including: autism, sensory processing disorder, hypotonia, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and many other genetic and developmental disorders.

The William and Helen Dye Endowment Fund has awarded over $173,000 in grants to charities impacting the Kosciusko County community since 2001. “Bill and Helen lived quiet lives committed to their family and communities,” said Community Foundation CEO, Suzie Light. “That commitment lives on through the fund in their name and is a great example of how ordinary people can leave an extraordinary legacy.”

Since 1968, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc. has helped donors achieve their charitable dreams. The Community Foundation is a public charity that grants about $3 million annually in the areas of education, health, arts and culture, recreation, civic projects, environment and human services. Gifts made to the Community Foundation are tax-deductible. For more information, call 574-267-1901 or visit 102 E. Market Street, Warsaw.