Every parent dreams of a life filled with potential and purpose for their children. That desire is no different for parents of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and thanks to the Jackson Center in Mooresville, the potential for those with CP is brighter. Jackson Center is one of a handful of Conductive Education centers in the nation; started and operated as a 501c3 non-profit organization by the DePoy family in Mooresville.
In January 2001, Lara and Spencer DePoy welcomed their first child, Jackson, into the world. Lara had just finished a Master’s degree at University of Indianapolis in occupational therapy and was set to begin a new job. The joy of new beginnings and life was quickly replaced with concern and fear as Jackson struggled to live. Within six months, Jackson became one of the 2.5 children in every thousand live births diagnosed with CP, which is a broad diagnosis for brain damage that occurs before, during, or after birth. The prognosis for people diagnosed with CP, according to Lara, is often very cloudy and uncertain. The DePoys, like other families in the same situation, were thrown into an uncertain world with lots of unknowns and little information, support, and most of all, hope.
After more than thirty years at the helm of the Costin Funeral Chapel, Kenny and Debbie Costin agree that there’s always a greater plan and patience will bear it out. “We aren’t supposed to worry about it,” Kenny said, “we are to pray and have faith that God has a plan.”
The Morgan County natives weren’t always so sure. When he graduated from Eminence High School, Kenny went first to Purdue to study accounting, and then had designs on playing basketball for a small college in Florida. When that did not happen, he began testing with the Navy to go into the nuclear energy field. While in that process, his brother, David, who was a licensed director at Carlisle Funeral Services in Mooresville, asked him to fill in and help with services there. “I worked there for about a week and then,” Kenny said, “because I needed a job, I asked for one, and Mr. Carlisle took me on.”
It was about that time that Kenny went to the dentist and met Debbie. “He’s not shy,” Debbie said. “He called the dentist and asked if I was dating anyone.” When he was told Debbie had just had a bad break up, he took to heart the dentist’s wish for “good luck” and sent her flowers and they became a couple.
2018 is a very big milestone for United Way of Central Indiana, of which the Morgan County United Way Area South is a part. The organization will be celebrating 100 years of service in Central Indiana. It was 1918 when the movement came to Indianapolis in the form of a “War Chest” that was placed on the steps of Monument Circle. The War Chest campaign raised $3 million that was then donated to charities such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Children’s Bureau, Inc., Early Learning Indiana, Boy Scouts of America, Families First, Girl Scouts of America, The Salvation Army and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
The United Way movement actually began 133 years ago in Denver, Colorado, when a woman, a priest, a rabbi, and two ministers combined efforts to address extreme poverty. They realized that the only way to make the most impact was to unite and seek donations to one organization that would then distribute funds to organizations directly touching those in need.
One of the most exciting things about being a small business owner, according to many who are, is that you never know what lies ahead every morning when you rise to shine. Opportunity and challenges are around every corner, just like new faces. And, as Frank Ocean said, “We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.”
For chiropractors Dr. Ryan Dailey and Dr. Joshua Healy, a chance meeting at a Mooresville Chamber of Commerce gathering four or five years ago illustrates the point. Was it happenstance that these two met, or was it fate, destiny? Whichever way you look at it, today they consider it a blessing.
Their first meeting happened around the time that Dr. Dailey had just joined Dr. Kirkling in his chiropractic practice in Mooresville. Dr. Dailey and his wife, Katie, relocated from Terre Haute and had just welcomed their second child, Grace, as little sister to Audri. His professional plan was clear, as Dr. Kirkling moved toward retirement, Dr. Dailey would build his practice. The idea was to provide a seamless transition of continuing care for all the patients until June, 2017 when Dr. Kirkling would retire completely and Dr. Dailey would take over the practice.
Ask Nic Allen about moving and he will agree with the majority who do not like doing it. Then, in the next breath, he quickly adds that the recent move of Allen Irrigation Company to its new location on Monroe St. is a positive move well worth it in several ways. The 16-year-old business has always been in Mooresville, but this new home provides more space for staff and training, a place for remote irrigation operation technology, and garage space to maintain and repair equipment during the winter. He sees it as opportunity to grow his business.
Allen Irrigation is a business that started like many others: a man bootstrapping from job to job out of his garage, with a truck, a trailer and a lot of determination. Allen had been in college pursuing turf science degree when a local golf club opened up a superintendent’s position. He started part-time, moved into full-time and found he loved the irrigation part of the job. Encouraged by a family friend that he says, “saw something in me that I myself didn’t see,” he left school, left the job, and, in his own words, “decided to try my own thing.”
Every adult, not just in Morgan County, but across the nation likely understands the fear that comes from feeling overwhelmed and lost. Churches in Mission began with the efforts of three ministers in October, 1987 to work together to serve those in poverty in Morgan County, those who live with fear and need every single day.
Today, Alice Cordes is the organization’s Executive Director. She took the position as interim director in 1997 after retiring as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Morgan County. She offered to help her mother, Marjorie Butler, who was the chairman of the board of directors, while they sought a director. She said, “I realized that this is where God put me and where I was supposed to be. It was the right fit.”
Because she feels it was the right fit does not mean it is not challenging. “This position is very humbling,” Cordes said. “We realize how very fortunate we are.”