The Closure of Glenn Home

In 1979, the number of residents at Glenn Home had dwindled and the operating costs remained very high. The boiler system in particular is said to cost over $100,000 a year.

February: Welfare director Glenn J. Cardwell went forward with a plan to shut down the orphanage, with the remaining children being sent to group homes.




March: The Vigo County Welfare Board moved forward with Cardwell’s plans putting down payments on group homes, preparing for the sale of Glenn Home, and establishing personnel for the group homes.




April: Plans for the group homes continue following council meetings and some opposition from residents who do not want the children to be relocated to a group home in their area.



August: The July date proposed by Cardwell wasn’t met, but the plan was still progressing. The three buildings for the group homes were decided upon, and were being renovated to accommodate the children. New target date for moving children to group homes is set for October 1.





November: The sale of Glenn Home is finally authorized. The girl’s group home is now in operation. The group home for boys and the receiving home are almost done with their renovations. Councilman Thomas Branam* opposes the sale. The home is to be turned over and all the children are to be in their new group homes before Christmas.






*Thomas Branam seems to be related to Matt Branam, a former Rose-Hulman president who grew up in the Glenn Home. If anyone knows the exact relation, let us know.

Pike Workday

Brothers and Associates were ready for Winter Quarter Workday 2016. Associates were in charge of cleaning the barn and throwing out junk. They did a pretty good job too. They managed to finish it before lunch and helped brothers around the house with their projects.

Associates cleaning out the barn

A few brothers had the pleasure of painting the 2nd floor and parts of the 1st floor of Alden. We had a lot team spirit going into the projects this week. Most brothers had an open weekend and a lot of brothers took the initiative to lead a project. The associates took part in painting the 2nd floor after they quickly cleaned up the barn.



First time Alden 2nd floor has been painted since ever

Here you can see some 2nd floor main house denizens getting low and dirty. Main house after workday actually looks and smells great now. We also took down the holiday decorations that were everywhere for the holidays.

2nd floor kitchen cleaning

As usual there is always a cleaning crew during Workday. The floors here are looking clean and spotless.

Cleaning Alden

We had great turnout of brothers and associates, like I said before. Everyone had a task, so there was no time wasting or waiting around. Every floor had brothers fixing, moving, cleaning, etc. Brothers and associates bonding over hours of work, all of us motivated to accomplish the same objective even if we go about them different ways. Which is what makes Pike great in the first place.