Blessing of Hands Ceremony

Filling Homes’ “The Mission is the Legacy”, 60th Anniversary celebration was officially kicked off on March 6! Planned to take place in March during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the event included a Blessing of Hands ceremony by Filling Homes Chaplain, Pastor Denise Brown.

This 4-year-old tradition has great meaning to our staff and reminds us all of the importance of the work done here as well as commissions each of us to continue in our contribution to the care of people with developmental disabilities honoring our founder’s (Carrie Filling Vajen) legacy. Also part of the program, Napoleon Mayor, Jason Maassel, delivered a proclamation recognizing the 60th anniversary and in a speech expressed congratulations to Filling Homes for continuing this mission and its great impact on the Henry County community.

President, Terri Rodrigues, and Vice President, Carol Slight also addressed the gathering of more than 100 staff, clients and family members praising the vision of Carrie Filling Vajen and thanking every one for their dedication to fulfilling the mission.

The Kick-off ended with a 60th anniversary T-shirt being given to every staff member and every client—510 in all—courtesy of generous donations just for this purpose, and cake and punch topped off the kick off of this momentous occasion