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Lukenbill to Speak at The Center at Donaldson on Elder Law

May is National Elder Law Month. To that end, the Catherine Kasper Life Center, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at The Center at Donaldson, presents a discussion of Elder Law topics. Adam Lukenbill, attorney at law will be the presenter on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. EDT in Cana Hall at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, Indiana.

Mr. Lukenbill will speak on a variety of subjects important to seniors, their families and caregivers regarding their legal rights. Topics he’ll speak about include, Advance Directives, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Guardianships, Estate Planning and the Medicaid application process.

Mr. Lukenbill focuses on Elder Law, including estate planning, estate and trust administration, asset protection, long-term nursing home planning, and the protection of beneficiaries with special needs. A 2003 graduate of Purdue University and a 2007 graduate of Indiana University Mauer School of Law, he also serves on the board of directors of Ancilla College, is vice president of the Marshall County Council on Aging and the president of the Marshall County Bar Association and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law. He is a partner at Lukenbill & Lukenbill, LLP in Plymouth.

Please join us for this free, informative evening.

For more information, please call Tiffany Hardy, Admissions Case Management Coordinator, at 574-935-1744.

Earthworks Partners with JESSE

LaVille Jr./Sr. High School student Jake Snyder learns valuable work experience at The Center at Donaldson.

Angela Resendez, Vocational/Transition Coordinator for JESSE (Joint Education Services in Special Education) in North Central Indiana and Cheri Ringer, Coordinator of Earthcare Education for Earthworks, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, have partnered to provide work experiences for special needs students ages 17+. These are students that have mild to moderate special needs and are working towards earning a high school diploma. These students can have success at an appropriate vocation but are currently underserved by programs that would provide this kind of training.

At the beginning of the second semester 2016/17 school year, a trial work experience was established at the greenhouses located at The Center at Donaldson. The first JESSE student was Jake Snyder, from LaVille Jr./Sr. High School in Lakeville, Indiana who works with Sam Tepes, Greenhouse Specialist. Jake has been cleaning eggs, mulching bio-char, clearing crop beds and minor maintenance jobs. He comes to the greenhouse once a week for about an hour and a half. Jake loves the outdoors and is enjoying his time working with Sam.

With a generous donation from the Marshall County Community Foundation, The Center at Donaldson will continue to add more work experience opportunities for JESSE students this fall. In addition, Ancilla College students will have the opportunity to become a Job Coach for the JESSE students and earn a small stipend for their work. It is the hope that the Job Coach experience becomes part of the education curriculum at Ancilla College.