Like father, like daughter. Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award winner Jane Yorn received the city’s highest accolade 24 years after her dad, the late Mayor Paul Lindenmeyer, was the second recipient in 1990.
“I think it’s safe to say that Jane is most known for ... the vision to create Safe Passage, her 17-year support for Safe Passage and for her direct leadership ... as executive director for the last three years,” pointed out board President Dan Mattingly in his Jan. 30 introduction.
He defined the organization, which Yorn helped to establish around a kitchen table in 1997, as “dedicated to both eliminating the scourge of domestic violence,” and supporting its victims.
The nomination form, written by seven employees and volunteers, noted, “Since its opening, Safe Passage has grown and expanded services to meet the needs of the five counties it serves (Franklin, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland). Over the past 10 years, more than 900 survivors have come to the shelter, over 3,000 individuals have received outreach services and Safe Passage has sponsored $49,300 in college scholarships to clients.
“In this past year alone, 835 individuals received support services, 797 youth engaged in school and teen dating violence programs, 6,239 attendees participated in community domestic violence education and training programs and Safe Passage was recognized as a ‘best practices’ service provider for its program and policy development and selected for a national grant to develop primary prevention initiatives.”
Mattingly contended that Yorn and the Safe Passage staff save lives and transform them, “because not only do Jane and her team help women who are victims of domestic violence get back on their feet – she also helps them both envision and realize more fulfilling lives free of abuse.”
According to the nominators, “Her tireless commitment to the organization is recognized by anyone who knows her ... She knows each client by name and their story. While she is empathetic and gentle, she is goal-oriented and determined.”