Passing of Jim Baker
12/13/2016It is with deep sadness we mourn the loss of our long time client and friend, Jim Baker. At the same time, it is with abundant joy we celebrate his life and what he has meant and means to our constantly evolving organization.
It would be fair to say that without Jim Baker, Peak Community Services would not be the agency it is today. In the beginning, Peak was started by caring mothers who wanted better for their children with developmental disabilities. It was common practice at one time to institutionalize them. This did not sit well with many.
One of the many who wanted better for their children was Jim’s mother, Virginia Baker. Virginia worked tirelessly to improve their lives. As the clients grew older, the need for them to learn work skills became apparent and Virginia lead the charge and worked with the State of Indiana to clear the way for workshops. The workshop operated on Woodlawn Avenue is here today because of her efforts. Behind those efforts was the unconditional love she had for her son, Jim Baker.
Jim spent 52 years coming to Peak. He witnessed many changes as Peak grew and evolved over the years. Jim had many great friends he enjoyed visiting with at agency parties and dances. He was known as “Shake and Bake” due to the joy he brought about on the dance floor. Jim was also a very hard worker. Many workers without disabilities could learn a thing or two from Jim.
Jim Baker may have been an avid dancer and hard worker, but more importantly, he was like family to the many staff and clients who had the honor of spending time with him. We are thankful every day for Jim and for the entire Baker family. We send our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Jim will forever be in our memories.