Bringing a smile to the faces of children confronting unimaginable challenges inspired this group to do more for the children in our community. It's a genuine passion for community service that unites our Board. With this goal in mind, Child's Spirit, Inc. was formed and incorporated in the summer of 2014 and obtained 501(c)(3) status shortly thereafter. Our group consists of six individuals all associated and working in the real estate industry. They are Grace Patterson, Santosh Bhatt, Karen Bhatt, Christopher Squires, Louise Miller and Dennis Miller. More importantly, all have a passion in reaching out in our community to assist children and families in need. Since our startup we have been able to assist numerous children and families needing assistance in the Kentuckiana area. Our reward in helping these families are stated by some of those that we have assisted.
We want to help children and their families who face challenges due to an illness, mental, physical or financial issues and more. Often families become overwhelmed or a child has a special request or need that may require help from outside. Such help and support will remove some burden/stress from the child and the family. Our mission is to Lift Spirits of Families and Children with Challenges - One Family at a Time.
Child's Spirit has decided to keep the help and support at an individual level instead of the institutional level. There are many charity organizations in our local area who do wonderful job. If we made financial contribution to such organization, we are sure it will be put to good use but we would not know who was helped or how our help lifted a spirit or two. So, we work directly with the challenged child/family to see the impact quickly and more readily.
We count on folks like you to direct families with challenges to us or direct us to the families. We are here to help children up to age 18 in the Kentuckiana area. If you know someone in need of a helping hand, please let us know.
One of the founders of Child's Spirit has been involved with Camp Quality for 8 years. Served on Board of Directors for Fuller Center for Housing. A long time volunteer and 2 time chair of Festival of Trees and Lights for Norton Children's Hospital. Served on the GLAR Community Service Committee for 7 years and helped with various charity events in several different capacities.
Santosh has been charter member of Child’s Spirit as he and others were instrumental in starting CSI. He enjoys community service and being able to make a difference, no matter how small, in lives of those in need. He also is a member of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.
Karen has been a licensed Real Estate agent and is co-owner of Greater Louisville Homes, LLC. She has been active in supporting various charities with commitment of time and money. Her passions include support for meals for parents of children at a local Children's hospital. She received the John R. Carpenter Award for her outstanding community service from the local Realtor Board. She has over 25 years of volunteering with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.
Louise has been licensed Realtor since 1983 and has been involved in her association locally and with the state of Kentucky in many capacities. She is a Past President of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors and has also been a delegate for the state association in Kentucky. In 2013 she was honored to receive the Realtor of the Year award. She presently is also involved with the Women’s Council of Realtors and is a past president. Louise is also involved in the community donating time to a local food pantry. She is married to Dennis Miller, also a founding member.
Dennis is a native of Louisville, KY and has been a Realtor since 2004. Dennis has been very active in community service supporting children with cancer, the homeless and numerous other charities. He received John R Carpenter Award for his outstanding community service activities.
Chris has been a licensed Loan Originator in the Louisville area since 2002. Chris has always been passionate about getting involved in his local community to help people, and was honored to join the board for Child’s Spirit in 2016. He is a member at Southeast Christian Church and loves serving. Chris enjoys time with his wife and two sons, golfing, and coaching his son’s basketball team.