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She aims to make Kinderhaven a place to call home


ork doesn’t stop at 5 p.m. for the folks at Kinderhaven. Stability, security and love are the hallmarks of a good day’s work. The child welfare nonprofit, founded in 1996, is as much a home to the youngsters under its roof as any family, from the first waking moments to bedtime. It takes a special hand to keep a full-fledged household running, and this year, Kinderhaven assistant director Jennifer Plummer took up that mantle as its new executive director. Only a few months into the job, “I feel like we’re off to a really good start,” she said. Already a local success story honored Jennifer Plummer, Kinderhaven’s new by the state of Idaho as a superb nonprofit, executive director. CAMERON RASMUSSON Kinderhaven doesn’t need any fixing, Plummer said. She intends to settle into her new role for the next several months, but she has her eyes on introducing new services over the coming years. Former director Phyllis Horvath will help guide that process as a Kinderhaven board member. The move into the director’s chair was a gradual one for Plummer, who was handpicked by Horvath as her replacement. As a social worker at Alliance Family Services prior to joining the Kinderhaven team, Plummer was already familiar with the nonprofit’s operations. She familiarized herself even more over two years working side-by-side with Horvath as assistant director.

It’s a BioBlitz he University of Idaho’s former research park on Boyer Avenue crawled with counters this spring when it became the site of Sandpoint’s first BioBlitz. The blitz is a nationwide event, where university professors, local experts and master naturalists, students, and community volunteers team up to identify and count as many species as they can in an effort to get a comprehensive inventory of what lives in the counting site. The National Park Service and the National Geographic Society have collaborated to

conduct BioBlitzes in national parks around the country for the past decade. This year, more than 100 BioBlitzes will take place – almost all in national parks. But Suzanne TugmanEngel, director of community outreach for the local Kaniksu Land Trust, wondered whether her organization could help host a BioBlitz right here in Sandpoint. The UI research park is filling in as the site, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the University of Idaho are joining with KLT to make the blitz happen. The scale is smaller on the park’s 80 acres, but still, “Sandpoint will be on the map as a location




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“That was all part of her plan,” Plummer said. “We spent the last two years doing all these things together. It really immersed me in the job before I took over.” The familiarity comes in handy for a nonprofit that specializes in healing trauma. Founded by the late Marsha Ogilvie, a Sandpoint city council member and mayor, Kinderhaven provides a home for children trapped in abusive environments. To provide the stability and security kids need for a healthy recovery, the same Kinderhaven staff members are there to wake them up, greet them after school and put them to bed. “Kids get to know each staff person and develop a healthy relationship with them,” Plummer said. “That often hasn’t been a part of their lives – that ability to feel safe.” Get more information at: –Cameron Rasmusson

animal life in the park. Additional activities will include an interpretive trail set up by Sandpoint High School students, a Story Walk, a storytelling bonfire Friday evening, and a keynote talk by outdoor educator Graham McLaren, who TugmanPlants, animals, fungi and other organisms are Engle says “weaves scicounted during BioBlitz events. PHOTO BY FIONA HICKS ence and storytelling into his presentations about that’s indexing its habitat from happiness and the human top to bottom,” says Tugmanrelationship with nature.” Engel. –Cate Huisman Volunteers can join teams, each led by a UI scientist or The Sandpoint BioBlitz is scheduled other expert, that will study for May 20-21. Learn more at 208various aspects of plant and 263-9471 or


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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

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