ANDERSON, Ind. — The Herald Bulletin received nearly 20 Community Person of the Year nominations from readers. The editorial board considered the nominations and selected five to be recognized as Difference Makers of 2012. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Executive director and founder of Man4Man Ministries
About 13 years ago, Bob Blume went to prison. Not because he’d been arrested, but to talk about rehabilitation on behalf of Promise Keepers Men’s Ministry. When he left prison, he felt he could do more. He went back a week later and began talking about the “7 Hurdles of Success.”
That’s how Jeffrey Dowers, public relations director for Man4Man Ministries, says Blume and his ministry got started.
Blume helps bridge the gap between incarceration and freedom by teaching the men to be husbands and fathers, valuable employees and godly men while helping the community strengthen crime-free neighborhoods and save taxpayers money by keeping the men out of jail.
“Bob has a father’s heart for the men involved with Man4Man Ministries. Many call him “Pops” or “B-O-B ...” Dowers wrote in his nomination letter. “These guys are incredible. They frustrate him sometimes and he would love to be able to say ‘You should have known better,’ but more than likely the guys beat him to it. Bob just continues to encourage and love them.”
The recidivism rate of all released males in the county is 60 percent while the rate of those involved with Man4Man Ministries is 4 percent.
Blume and Man4Man Ministries offers some jobs, as well, such as Man4Man Ministries Lawn Care, “Holy Hands” Auto Detailing, Plowing4You and others to help the men get back on their feet.
Elwood City Court judge and Madison County weights and measures inspector
Elwood City Court Judge Kyle Noone wears many hats, but pick one word to describe him in all and it’d be “giver,” writes Democrat Lisa Hobbs, who will take a seat on the County Council in January, in her nomination letter for Noone.
In 2012, Noone, serving as YMCA board president, assisted in leading a campaign that reopened the Elwood public swimming pool along with developing new corporate partnerships that led to the creation of the Red Gold Fitness Center.
He has served as the judicial representative for the Madison County Domestic Fatality Review Team since 2008 and coordinates the annual “Beat the Heat” drive to provide fans to the underprivileged and elderly during the summer.
Hobbs wrote that Noone and wife Danielle also started “Frederick’s Friends” in memory of their late infant son to give back to Community Hospital and Saint John’s Medical Center in Anderson. The foundation will help offer moldings of a baby’s hands and feet “for parents who have been struck with the devastating loss of a child,” Hobbs wrote.
“(Noone) gives of himself to his church, his family and friends, his employer, his courtroom, his community and county without the expectation of awards or acknowledgment. He works tirelessly to better the lives of residents in his hometown city of Elwood and our county.”