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Apple Patch celebrates 30 years, renames

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By Amanda Manning

As Apple Patch’s 30th anniversary approached, the staff and board looked at how the organization has evolved over the past 30 years.

From there, a new name for the organization – Pillar – was born.

Apple Patch is a nonprofit organization that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in greater Louisville, according to its website.

Executive Director of Apple Patch Leah Campbell said the board and senior staff began strategic planning earlier this year.

“We started looking at who we are and what we do, who we are now versus who we were when this started,” she said.

She said the idea the founding families had of a home where their loved ones would be safe has expanded.

“We looked at what we do now, where we serve over 300 people in six counties and lots of locations. We’re just not a place anymore,” Campbell said. “We are a system of support so that started the name change idea. We brainstormed and asked what evoked a system of support or that idea of support?”

They landed on Pillar.

“A name change after 30 years of such a beloved organization, with such established roots especially here in Oldham County, it will take some getting used to,” Campbell said. “We are still referring to the residences as Apple Patch to honor the original land was donated and that is still a place.”

Campbell said celebrating 30 years is both surreal and humbling.

“You look back at all of the impact the organization has had on different lives and how much we’ve grown from the idea that those founding families had in that living room out of concern for their own families and how many families we’ve served over the past 30 years,” Campbell said.

In addition to the name change, Apple Patch is expected to open a state of the art community engagement center in Crestwood in October.

The center will combine two current Apple Patch programs and serve approximately 100 residents.

“We will have a state of the art sensory room as well as a really fabulous teaching kitchen, a cafe and a wellness center and technology room,” Campbell explained.

The organization also plans to launch the Apple Patch endowment fund to “honor where they came from,” according to Campbell.

An anniversary picnic for Apple Patch was scheduled for Sept. 9 at Foxhollow Farm but was rescheduled after weather concerns. The organization planned to announce its name change and new developments there.

The picnic, which is a fundraiser for the organization, is now scheduled to take place Sunday Sept. 16.

The picnic costs $20 per vehicle, which includes a catered meal. The event will also feature hayrides, face painting, inflatables and more. Activity wristbands will be sold for $5 a piece.

Tickets are available at louisvilletickets.com.