Indiana Tech Alumni, Donors, & Friends: Featured Stories: April 2011
Lighting the way to affordable senior housing
For College of Professional Studies alumna Suzie Ebbing, an active working mom of four, it wasn’t easy to find the time to earn her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, let alone to move forward and earn her Master of Science in Management. However, she wasn’t about to let her younger sister outdo her.
Lamplight Communities in Fort Wayne, IN
Lamplight Communities is a relatively new corporation that strives to develop compassionate, comfortable communities for senior adults at a reasonable cost.
Written by: Mike Peterson, alumni director / April 2011

Suzie’s sister, Sara Layson, graduated from Indiana Tech with her Master in Business Administration in 2003. Seeing her sister earn her MBA spurred Suzie to pursue furthering her education at Tech.

Just as her sister Sara lit the way for Suzie’s educational growth and accomplishments, so now Suzie is helping to light the path toward a more affordable and unique housing community for senior adults. Lamplight Communities is a relatively new corporation that strives to develop compassionate, comfortable communities for senior adults at a reasonable cost.

Lamplight Community in Fort Wayne, IN
Lamplight Community in Fort Wayne, IN

In Fort Wayne, Lamplight has made its home downtown in the renovated former Fort Wayne Hotel and Conference Center. The transformation of the exterior of this building recently earned Lamplight a Golden Broom award from the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District. The Lamplight Inn of Fort Wayne has 170 beds with 40 of those for independent living and 130 geared for assisted living. It is staffed by licensed nurses around the clock. Some of the features of this community include the Medicaid waiver program, an on-site swimming pool, Wi-Fi and televisions in all rooms, affordability with one all-inclusive rate, onsite chapel, built-in beauty shop, and the nearness to many downtown attractions. Another special focus is providing assistance for veterans.

Ebbing states that Lamplight wants to be a resource for the community of Fort Wayne. They have offered use of their parking lot for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) events and were able to house several paramedics who were unable to make it home during recent winter storms.

As the executive director, Ebbing has helped the owners establish this new facility. She said that her education at Indiana Tech has made a great impact on her ability to lead in her new role. The business expertise and experience that she received through her course work and professors has proven to be a great help in building this community from the ground up. Her networking skills have been put to good use as she met many new people who have been helpful in making the community a reality.

Lamplight Community in Fort Wayne, IN
Lamplight Community in Fort Wayne, IN

All of the hard work of preparation and paperwork are beginning to pay off, too. Recently, Lamplight earned a temporary license for the Fort Wayne facility, which now houses 10 residents. Ebbing has great plans to see this community continue to grow. Her vision includes an outdoor green area where residents will have the ability to garden and to just enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants.

The light emanating from Fort Wayne’s Lamplight Inn is sure to burn ever brighter with Suzie Ebbing at the helm, putting her excellent education and an enthusiasm for her position and her residents into action. If you’re in the area, please stop by and see this unique community for yourself. Suzie will be happy to light your way.

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