Ethan’s Purpose, Inc.

Name of Non-Profit Organization * Ethan’s Purpose Inc
Today’s Date: * Thursday, November 4, 2021
Organization’s website
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number * 83-2607739
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? * 2018
Address * 1787 Coachtrail Dr
Hebron, KY 41048
United States
County * Boone
Your Name * Debbie Zegarra
Your Title * Executive Director
Your email address *
Your Phone Number (859) 750-5095
Executive Director’s Name * Debbie Zegarra
Executive Director’s email address *
What is the mission of your organization?
Ethan’s Purpose is a local non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of good mental health and suicide prevention. When our son, Ethan Thomas, died by suicide in September 2018, we started Ethan’s Purpose. Our goal is to help other families who may be struggling with the same challenges that Ethan faced. Ethan was adopted and was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and ADHD. I was unaware at the time of how all of these factors played a part in Ethan’s mental health, and was unaware of how I could help him learn strategies to help him cope with these challenges. I have made it my mission to arm other families with the tools and resources to help their children so they do not need to walk this journey that we are on.

Our foundation provides small group counseling services at Conner High School, Conner Middle School, Thornwilde Elementary, North Pointe Elementary, and Bellevue High School. We have partnered with Katherine Salisbury with Pathfinder Counseling Services to provide Social Emotional Learning to students selected by each school’s counselor and administration. Students are selected, screened and permission received from parents/guardians before services begin. Each program runs six weeks and students are assessed before and after each program session to determine the effectiveness of the counseling services. Data is then used to determine if more intensive help is needed and if the program being provided is effective.

Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • (3) Children
  • (5) Education
  • (8) Health
Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? * Yes, Grades 6 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web. We host several fundraisers each year to finance our foundation. In the spring we hold a scrapbook event and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. In the summer we have a community yard sale, and in the fall we host a 5K race/walk.
Volunteer coordinator Christie McDonald
Volunteer coordinator’s email address
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (859) 991-7904