Jeanne Ann chats with Tim Gartland, financial advisor, Former Board President and Dragon Boat Co-Chair and Gabby Ginther, Healthy Families Program Director
“Tim’s spirit empowers us to do our work at Dunebrook.” – Jeanne Ann Cannon
0:00 Current Dunebrook Info
5:09 Chat with Tim Gartland
14:30 Chat with Gabby Ginther
Tim got involved with Dunebrook after hearing about our work at a Rotary meeting. He said, “I was so impressed with what I heard that I couldn’t help but get involved.”
With Co-Chair Ted Perzanowski, Tim has led Dunebrook’s Dragon Boat event since it was launched in 2014. He loves that the event gives us a chance to spread awareness for Dunebrook’s work, and raise money for that work. Tim has done an awesome job as the emcee atop the lifeguard stand and docks.
Tim also loves that the Dragon Boat Event is a family activity – even for his own family. Tim’s wife, Katy, a cardiac rehab nurse at Franciscan Health Michigan City, has helped lead her hospital team to win the Spirit Award again and again. She brings an unmatched enthusiasm to all that she does. His daughters, Norah and Natalie, have helped as runners on the beach, until they turned 13 and were old enough to paddle with their church or theatre team. His father-in-law, Joe Quigley, drives a chase boat and his mother-in-law, Bonnie, manages the massive scoreboard which is the gathering place for the hundreds of paddlers and spectators. His parents and other relatives have also helped out in countless ways.
Tim, Katy, Norah and Natalie are also passionate about LaPorte Little Theatre. They enjoy acting, directing, choreographing, singing and designing sets, along with all of the work to keep the nearly 100-year old community theatre running smoothly and entertaining audiences. They’re anxious for the LaPorte Little Theatre stage to re-open in the spring.
As busy as Tim is with the Dragon Boat Event and being an energetic ambassador for Dunebrook, LaPorte Little Theatre and Journey Church, by day he is a financial advisor in Michigan City. He helps families develop and achieve their financial goals. It’s a job that he loves, so much so that he says it doesn’t feel like work.
As Jeanne Ann said, “Tim’s spirit empowers us to do our work at Dunebrook.”
Gabby Ginther is the Program Director for Healthy Families, a home visitation program serving expectant and new parents who reside in LaPorte County. Each month, Healthy Families serves 140-145 families, educating parents about their children’s development, sharing tips on nutrition, sleep, potty training and discipline and connecting families to resources in the community. Healthy Families is voluntary and free to families.
Our Family Resource Specialist, Ebony, meets with families shortly after delivery to introduce them to the program. Families who agree to an assessment and who do not have a crib for their child will receive a free crib which we deliver to their home.
Families who wish to enroll have a home visitor assigned to them who meets weekly at their home. The home visitor is caring and kind, listens to parents’ concerns and helps them find answers to questions or problems. Parenting is a tough job, and our staff helps make it easier for parents. Home visitors are a trusted support for parents, and especially during COVID when parents are facing new stressors, they help navigate through these uncertain times.
In addition to sharing parenting tips and information on child development, home visits include developmental screenings to help identify milestones or delays, referrals to community resources and an activity that parents and children can enjoy together. At every visit, every child in the home also receives a new book to help build his or her personal library.
Home visitors also help parents identify and work toward goals. They earn points for keeping appointments, following through on referrals and achieving goals. The points are redeemable at Dunebrook’s Family Depot, which is stocked with diapers, baby wipes, household sanitizers and cleansers, personal care items and brand new learning activities and toys.
Right now, visits are taking place virtually, either by computer or phone. A parent who would like to learn more about Healthy Families can call Dunebrook at 219/874-0007. Information is also available on our website, www.dunebrook.org.
We invite expectant and new parents to learn about all that Healthy Families has to offer.
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