Our Mission

Since 2008, our mission has remained the same: to provide practical expressions of God’s love to our neighbors in need. Christ’s love for us compels us to love Him; His love for people motivates us to love our neighbors well. By serving others, we believe we are fulfilling this mission as Christ intended.

Our goal is to create a unified network of neighbors helping neighbors, regardless of where they live or what they look like.

Thanks to GPS technology, you can use this platform to safely link up with local neighbors in need. From basic tasks, such as yard work and snow removal, to more skilled projects, like wheelchair ramps or plumbing needs, our goal is to make loving our neighbors as simple as possible.

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Staff and Advisors

Executive Director
Judy Alders

Judy along with her husband Larry are the founders of NeighborLink Porter County.  In 2008, they were serving with their local church in a similar NL capacity and were looking for a way to serve on a more regular basis.  Having met with the leadership in Fort Wayne, they knew that NeighborLink was exactly what they had been looking for.  Judy volunteered with NeighborLink while staying home to raise their four children.  In 2014, they opened the RePurpose Place to support the mission of NeighborLink.  Judy has a heart for service and will always jump in to help a neighbor in need in hopes of sharing the love of Christ.

Board Member
Ben Welton

Ben Welton says, 1 John 2:10 says, Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.  Ben has been blessed to be part of the NeighborLink organization for the past 14 years.  Helping those in need is a very rewarding blessing and gives you the opportunity to meet new friends.  If you are reading this, he hopes it encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and work with us to spread God’s love.

Board Member
Larry Alders

Larry Alders is an Asset Protection Manager for Walgreens and is also the co-founder of NeighborLink Porter County.  Larry and Judy have been married for over 25 years.  Larry has a heart for his neighbors in need and enjoys serving alongside family and friends.  He has enjoyed the many relationships that have come from his time serving with NeighborLink.  In his spare time, Larry enjoys fishing and hiking.

Board Member
Kari Zehner

Kari Zehner is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. She has
been involved with NeighborLink Porter County since its inception in 2008. Kari believes
strongly in the integration of her faith in Christ and how that relates to community involvement
for a greater purpose. Because of that, she has seen her husband and two children become
involved in the mission of NeighborLink since joining our board of directors. In her free time,
Kari loves to travel and remodel her home.

Board Member
Sue Anderson

Sue Anderson visited the RePurpose Place of NeighborLink in 2019 and quickly became a volunteer refinishing and painting furniture pieces and doing some upholstery and sewing.  In 2021 she joined the NeighborLink Board to become more involved and support the transforming work of its mission in our community.  Knowing that NeighborLink stands in the gap for those in need is what does it for her and NeighborLink really knocks it out of the park.  She says she was welcomed in and now feels a part of the family.  Its a great place to be and she feels she truly belongs here.

Board Member
Chris Westlund

Chris Westlund heard about NeighborLink while serving on the missions committee of her
church. After volunteering for The RePurpose Place and coaching a variety of NeighborLink
projects, she was asked to join the board in 2019. Her greatest joy comes from seeing neighbors
awaken to the possibilities they are offered through the help of volunteers. Currently, she is a
preschool teacher at a local childcare center.

Board Member
Bob Capehart

Bob Capehart joined our board in 2015. He retired from steel mill work after 41 ½ years on the
job and is currently the District President of Indiana’s Exchange Club. An active volunteer, Bob is
also involved at the YMCA, his local church, and the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. A
graduate of Michigan Technological University, he enjoys making and fixing things. He enjoys
life with his wife of 50+ years, along with his two children and five grandchildren.

Jordan Alders

Jordan Alders is a senior in high school with an interest in business.  She decided to do her internship with NeighborLink and the Repurpose Place this year.  Jordan has been involved with several projects over the years and enjoys working with the volunteers.  In her spare time Jordan like to paint, draw and write.

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