Workforce fund set up to honor Schoenhofer

LIMA — Coleman Professional Services CEO Nelson Burns and his wife Suzanne are “challenging” the community to help them establish an endowment to be used to spark interest in the post-secondary behavioral health field of study to honor retired executive director Mike Schoenhofer and his years of service with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties.

The Burns have pledged $10,000 to seed the fund and will match donations dollar-for-dollar to raise $20,000.

Schoenhofer, who retired last Friday, has served as the organization’s head since 2000, where he established a 24-hour regional crisis center, helped create a regional tragedy response team and worked with area businesses to help employees who are unable to pass a drug screening get needed treatment.

The purpose of the Michael Schoenhofer Endowment Fund is to assist with workforce readiness and workforce development as well as provide scholarships, stipends, student loan forgiveness and internships for those wishing to pursue careers in social work and case management.

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