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President

The Point
104 West Pike Street
Covington , Kentucky 41011
United States

Company Description: Serving people since 1972 the Point serves those with special by offering inclusive programs with a fully integrated approach in a community setting.
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Employment History

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Staff Members – The Point ARC of N. KY
thepointarc.org, 22 Oct 2014 [cached]
Judi Gerding
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Judi Gerding
President
859-491-9191 ext. 14 jgerding@thepointarc.org
Journey Marketing
www.journeymarketing.net, 23 Mar 2013 [cached]
Judi Gerding, President of The Point Arc voiced her excitement, " What an incredible opportunity US Bank and WWL has provided, to share two incredible stories!
The Point ARC: Contact The Point
www.thepointarc.org, 17 Nov 2006 [cached]
Judi Gerding, President
Gerding awarded for efforts to ...
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Gerding awarded for efforts to help others
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COVINGTON - Judi Gerding has a favorite saying: "God doesn't make mistakes; he strategically introduces individuals into our lives to make us better people."
Gerding has spent most of her life working to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
After her son was born with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects many organ systems of the body, Gerding set out to help local people with disabilities. She is a charter member of the Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky (formerly N.K.A.R.), and has led the non-profit organization as its executive director since 1982.
Through both the Covington-based organization, which aims to provide opportunities to people with special needs to reach their highest potential, and her work in a variety of volunteer and advocacy roles, Gerding has touched the lives of many - and worked to improve the lives of those affected by a wide range of disabilities.
"I think everything that happens in life is providential," said Gerding, of Covington. "I always say that the best things in life aren't things - they're people.
"And we should accept and love people as they are."
Serving people with disabilities and their families has been Gerding's goal since the Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky was founded in 1972. Under Gerding's leadership, the organization has grown to include a variety of advocacy, educational, residential and vocational services and programs in multiple facilities.
For her work and dedication in the community, Gerding has received recognition and countless awards over the years, including Arc of Kentucky's Ronald J. Cutter Professional Service Award, NorthKey Community Care's J. Emmanuel Willett Award and Leadership in Advocacy Award, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's Walter R. Dunlevy/Frontiersman Award and Notre Dame Academy's Women Making a Difference Award. She is also a Judith Clabes Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and was one of the Cincinnati Enquirer's Women of the Year in 1982.
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"Judi is a perfect fit for this award because she has dedicated her life to helping others.
"She has worked tirelessly to not only establish programs and services for those with disabilities, but also serve as a voice and advocate for local families."
Gerding said she is grateful for the recognition because it sheds light on the programs and services offered through the Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, which is continuing to grow.
"Looking back, it's pretty amazing what we've been able to accomplish mostly with volunteers and community support," she said. "I don't think many local people are familiar with us, but once they hear our story, they open their hearts to us."
After 40 years, retirement is inevitable, Gerding said - but she's not necessarily looking forward to it.
"I love what I do," she said.
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Gerding awarded for efforts to help others
Judi Gerding has a favorite saying: 'God doesn't make mistakes; he strategically introduces individuals into our lives to make us better people.' Gerding has spent most of her life working to help
The Kentucky Post
www.kypost.com, 6 Mar 2004 [cached]
"We do customized programs around people," said Executive Director Judi Gerding, who helped launch The Point as the Northern Kentucky Association for the Retarded in the early 1970s.In 1999, Gerding and The Point became the voice for hundreds of families in need, joining statewide education and lobbying efforts that resulted in a bill that nearly doubled state spending to help people with mental disabilities live more independently.
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"We feel that's important for a family-like consistency," Gerding said.Whenever possible, residents learn to do their own laundry, cook, deal with money, transportation and work schedules.Some will move to apartments of their own in the community.Others will live at the group home indefinitely."There is no time limit," Gerding said."It's home."
That makes for a low turnover on a waiting list that is more than numbers to Gerding.The list includes a retarded man in his 40s whose mother has Alzheimer's Disease and just moved to a nursing home.The man is living alone in the family house, waiting for a group home spot to open.A woman in her 60s called Gerding recently, frantic because her husband had died and the woman cannot physically handle the needs of her retarded daughter, who is in her 40s.
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It's the kind of success story that Gerding hears over and over.Last week, a young man who had been working in the restaurant program stopped by Gerding's desk wearing a crisp white shirt, tie and vest."He wanted to show me his new uniform.He was just hired by Fort Mitchell Country Club," she said.
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Gerding has been running the agency for 32 years and didn't take a salary for the first 18 years.She has no plans to leave, but she and her board are planning now for the time when a new director might be hired.
"I'm 62 and going strong, but I won't live forever," Gerding said.
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