15 Mar Service Spotlight: Nancy Stamm
It was just after the infamous blizzard of 1978 that Nancy Stamm accepted a position at a soon-to-open state of the art residential facility for persons with developmental disabilities: New Hope of Indiana. She recalls there were constant meetings and changes in the last minute mad rush to get the facility ready for the March 13th opening. That first day was very exciting for the individuals moving in, their families and the staff. Nancy worked in the Recreational Therapy Department, initially with 3 team members, but in later years, 16. Even then, there was a desire to provide interesting and fun activities for the residents, such as a horticulture program, swimming, pottery, music classes, adaptive exercise, community outings, Special Olympics, etc. She fondly remembers the “good ole days” in the facility.
Nancy left for a few years to work in education, but returned after running into a New Hope associate, who encouraged her to return in 1991. She started working as a skills trainer, now direct support professional, at the Laboure group home, transferred to Frederic and for the last 13 years has been at Naseau. Some of the individuals she has worked with in group homes, also lived in the residential facility.
Nancy has three grown sons and is very proud of them. In her leisure time, she enjoys run walking and working in her flower garden, with a passion for sunflowers and perennials. We thank Nancy for her dedication and years of service.