Bruce Lindner, executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services, is retiring from the nonprofit after 17 years.
Jason Kegebein will take over leadership of the organization.
“I am excited for this journey and to serve our community,” Kegebein said in a press release. “For the last three months, I have had the privilege of working alongside Bruce. He's an incredible individual who is passionate about people and providing resources to those in need. Bruce has laid a tremendous foundation and has made it easy for me to step in and to keep moving forward with the PCACS mission.”
Kegebein served as the executive director of Family Promise of Porter County and director of operations for A Positive Approach to Teen Health, PATH Inc., according to his LinkedIn page.
Lindner will be on hand for the agency’s Neighbors Supporting Neighbors fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Culver’s, 2101 La Porte Ave.
“I believe it will be one of my last public events before I retire. I just want to say thank you to as many people as possible before I ride away into the sunset,” Lindner said. “Porter County is such a great place to live and work. This community is tremendous in so many ways. It cares about people.”
Kegebein said fundraisers supported by companies like Culver's are integral to raising funds for PCACS's emergency assistance fund.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with Culver’s and other Region restaurants on our fundraising initiative,” he said. “PCACS is one of the best kept secrets in town. Our agency provides a variety of services and with recent funding cuts, we are working effortlessly to maintain our sustainability and commitment to serving those in our community.”
A percentage of sales from the event will go toward the fund, which offers one-time support for those facing emergency situations like medical expenses, housing costs or car repairs.
The nonprofit, which was founded in 1958, helps seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents. Its programs focus on transportation, ramps, medical supplies, and energy and food assistance.
Caption: PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner speaks during the agency’s 2023 annual meeting. Lindner is retiring in early 2024 and will be helping out at the agency’s Feb. 26 Culver’s fundraiser. (Provided by PCACS)