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On October 7, the LHC Class of 2020 met for the day inside the Cartlidge Barn on the grounds of the 4-H Fairgrounds. Erected in the mid-1800s, the hand-hewn timber frame barn was disassembled and then reassembled on the Fairgrounds by master carpenters. The barn’s original location is now the site of the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA.

Kim Fox and Matt Oliphant discuss the needs of their fictional family.


Topics for this class day included health & human service needs, available resources, and wellness. The agenda included a family simulation activity, where members of the Class of 2020 were divided up into groups of 3-4 and given a profile of a fictional family. Using a grid worksheet, each “family” worked together to identify possible needs and who might be able to help. The next part of the activity involved meeting and talking with representatives of various local agencies and services to find out what help is available.

Jenni Pierle and Kevin Hall talk about the needs of their fictional family.


Class members speak with agency reps about services that might be helpful to their fictional families.


Virgil Underwood consults with HC Senior Services Executive Director Marina Keers.


Our thanks to the following agencies who were able to participate in this activity:

  • Brooke’s Place
  • Family Promise
  • Hendricks College Network
  • Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition
  • Hendricks County Human Society
  • Hendricks County Senior Services
  • Hope Healthcare Services
  • Sheltering Wings
  • Susie’s Place
  • Sycamore Services
  • The Gathering Together
  • Willow Treatment & Recovery Center
  • Work One


Were are also grateful to our speakers for the day:

  • Chase Cotten, The Willow Center
  • Tammy Smith, IU Health West
  • Jenny Bates, Connection Pointe
  • Marina Keers, HC Senior Services and LHC Board
  • Andy Hine, LHC Board


In evaluating the day, class members reflected:

  • “Hearing ‘personal wellness is important as a leader‘ really hit me. I need to be more of an example for my team.”
  • “Today’s class made me realize how important health and wellness are in the workplace.”
  • “I now know what type of questions to ask when considering joining a board or a committee.”
  • “The family simulation activity helped us gain empathy and a better understanding of services available in HC.”
  • “This gave me more perspective on what to look for during a crisis, how to handle it, and resources to help.”

Class days are informative and fun! On this day, several members realized that they had unknowingly chosen very similar outfits:


Emily Hammell, Frank Vandevort, and Kim Fox in maroon tops and dark pants.

Robert Pope, Bree Emsweller, Jessica Ledford, Jenifer Laver, and Chris Hurley all got the “wear olive green or camo” message.

Crystal Givens and Kendra Reed in denim tops and black pants.