IPI Support Services

IPI Support Services

Your Family Resources Access Point

Families today have so many concerns...

IPI Support Services is where caregivers come to share their concerns and find solutions. A Family Resources Access Point, it connects caregivers to resources in the community that provide services in employment, childcare, education, healthcare, after-school programs, finances, and more!

Community Bulletin Board

Opportunities and events currently being offered in the community:


Interested in a fun, interactive, and informative safe place for your daughter to interact with her peers and influential women in the community?

Learn more below under: Offerings with a Deadline...

Offerings with a Deadline

  1. Safe Sleep for Lake County, IN: If you are currently pregnant and/or the legal guardian of a child that is less than 1 year old, you can receive a FREE Pack 'N Play Crib & Educational Materials regarding important Safe Sleep practices for attending Geminus Community Partners' Safe Sleep Class. The class is free to Lake County, Indiana residents. To register, please call (866) 641-7181.

    Upcoming classes: 2/20/19 at Calumet Township Trustee, 610 Connecticut St., Gary (9am-10am) & 2/22/19 at Circle of Services, 2835 165th St., Hammond (11am-noon).

  2. Would you like to be financially secure? First Midwest Bank & the Hammond Development Corporation are providing FREE workshops on Credit, Budgeting, & Savings from 6pm-7:30pm at the HUB of Innovation, 5233 Hohman Ave. in Hammond on 2/21, 3/7, and 3/21. Call 219.803.6304 for more info.
  3. Love Notes. Join us for an evening of dinner & dancing FREE as A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH) celebrates 25 years of serving NWI's youth. February 22, 6pm-10pm at Andorra Banquets, 1112 US 41 in Schererville. Call 219.254.2678 for more info.
  4. Financial Wellness Fair at the Hammond HUB of Innovation, 5233 Hohman Ave. on February 23 from 9am-3pm. There will be vendors to assist with:
    • Credit Report Checks
    • FAFSA Applications
    • Credit Counseling Services
    • Identity Theft Education
    • FREE Tax Preparation (by appointment only).

    Call (219) 794-1829 for more info.

  5. Real.Strong.Girls. Lock-In is BACK!!! From February 23, 7pm to February 24, 7am. At Gary YWCA, 150 W. 15th Ave. Join this 2nd annual Overnighter for Girls, ages 10-14. A night FULL of games and activities! This event is FREE. Real.Strong.Girls. is an initiative of Lake Area United Way focusedon devloping girls' self-esteem, confidence & resiliency. Call 219-923-2302, x311 for more info.
  6. Preventing Heart Attacks: what works & what doesn't on March 6 at 4:30pm at Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St. in Merrillville. Includes blood pressure screenings & hands-only CPR education. Call 888-909-3627 for more info.
  7. Healthy Night Out with the Girls on March 14 at 4:30pm at Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus, Pavilion A, 101 E. 87th Ave., 2nd floor in Merrillville. Blood pressure screenings & spa services. Call 888-909-3627 for more info.
  8. North Lake County Construction & Skilled Trades Day on March 20 from 9am - 2pm at the Gary Area Career Center, 1800 E. 35th Ave. in Gary. Your High School student will:
    • Hear about career opportunities in union building & contrsuction trades
    • Experience hands-on training type activities and demos
    • Learn to successfully apply to an apprenticeship program

    Up to 10 trades & apprenticeship prpograms will be present! Sessions will be assigned in 1h40m time slots where students will have the opportunity to visit with apprenticeship instructors & perform hands-on training activities. Please RSVP by March 1, 2019. Please call 219-462-2940, x33 for all the deets.

  9. Millinuem and NorthShore are hosting 2 Family Fun Nights: March 20, 4-6pm at ParkShore Commons in Gary & March 22, 3-5pm at Lakeside Gardens in East Chicago IN. For more info, call 219-3764-5395.
  10. IUN 18th Annual Indiana University Northwest Job & Internship Fair on April 5 from 9am-12:30pm in the Savannah Center Gymnasium. Please come if you are seeking: internships, part-time employment, and full-time professional employment opportunities. For more info, call (219) 980-6650.
  11. Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative 2019 on April 13 from 9am-5pm at locally-owned barbershops across NWI. This initiative provides FREE health screenings to attendees for: blood glucose | blood pressure | body mass index (BMI), plus educational info on prostate health. For more info, call (219) 293-7553.

Free Stuff

  1. This stuff goes FAST, so don't dally. Contact Stephanie today! 219-791-2164 (call or text):
    • FREE Twin Bed Frame
    • FREE Electric Stove
    • FREE Used Washer & Dryer
  2. Clothes Giveaway every Wednesday from 9:30am to noon at Christ Temple, 4201 Washington St. in Gary. They have large size clothes for men and women. Please come to the door on 42nd Ave. For more info, call 219-884-1837.
  3. Every 1st Sunday, Community Soup Kitchen provides FREE meals on a 1st come-1st served basis, from 12pm to 2pm, at New Mt. Moriah MB Church, 1917 Carolina St. in Gary.
  4. Free food and clothing are given away to the community every 4th Saturday of the month at Zion Progressive Cathedral International in Gary from 11am to 2pm. Contact (219) 882-ZION(9466) for further information.
  5. Get your Free Lunch at the Salvation Army, 513 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago, Monday through Friday from 12pm to 1pm. Contact (219) 398-2939 for further information.
  6. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's Mobile Marketplace is available to all Northwest Indiana residents in need of food assistance. Each Marketplace will provide FREE grains, fruits, vegetables and protein to individuals, families, and communities.

    Upcoming Stops (from 4pm-6pm) include:   March dates Coming Soon...

    Individuals must have valid proof of Indiana residency to access Marketplace services. Please bring boxes/bags to carry items. First-come, first-served while supplies last.

    Follow the NWI Food Bank on Facebook for regular updates on all of its food distributions.

    If you are in need of a pantry, please visit NWI Food Bank's Pantry & Soup Kitchens page for a full listing of their member pantries and soup kitchens.

    Other services offered by NWI Food Bank:

    • The Kids Cafe'® Program provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate--such as Boys & Girls Clubs, churches or public schools. In addition to providing meals to kids, all Kids Cafe'® programs also offer a safe place where, under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.
    • The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Backpacks are filled with food that children can take home on the weekends. The food is child-friendly, nonperishable and easily consumed. The backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation.
  7. Prom Genie is a Not-For-Profit Organization 501(c)3 that provides free prom dresses to High School Girls in Hammond and the NWI area. Please contact them for further information: (219) 230-6483, promgenie.org, or promgenienwi@aol.com.
  8. FREE Stuff: Clothing, Furniture, TVs, Kitchen Appliances (e.g., microwaves), even Medical Supplies.

Stuff for your Kids (to do)

    1. AfterSchool Programs | Tutoring/Mentoring Programs | Miscellaneous

      AfterSchool Programs

        • Munster Library Chess Club for grades 1-12. All levels of experience are welcome. They can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Fridays from 3pm-5:30pm at 8701 Calumet Ave. in Munster. For more info: (219) 836-8450 (Jeffrey Graves).
        • EPIC Afterschool
          EPIC serves up to 150 kids from 3pm - 6:30pm, Monday - Thursday, at 225 W. 5th Ave. in Gary, with a focus on:

          • Tutoring
          • Homework Help
          • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Learning
          • High School & College Readiness
          • Stage, Visual & Fine Arts
          • Dance
          • Sports & Fitness
          • Recreation
          • Culinary Arts
          • Urban Farming
          • DJ'ing

          Hot meal served daily. Bus transportation from Charter School of the Dunes and Steel City Academy. Walking pick-up from 21st Century Charter School.

          EPIC builds a bridge to discipleship connecting youth from our afterschool programs to EPIC Friday Night youth ministry. EPIC's goal is to see that children excel academically, develop socially, and become disciples of Christ.

          Call the CityLife Center at (219) 880-4851 for more information, and to learn about all of its programming and events for the ENTIRE family.

        • G.I.V.E (Gary Indiana Voices of Excellence)
          In partnership with the City of Gary Youth Services Bureau and the City of Gary Parks Department, Changing Lives Changing Patterns (C.L.C.P.) offers the following programs/services FREE:

            1. After-school Tutoring
            2. Mentors
            3. Music Lessons
            4. Math
            5. Reading
            6. Technology
            7. Science
            8. Engineering Workshops
            9. Let the Youth Speak (workshops on Substance Abuse | Bullying | Respecting Yourself)
            10. Field Trips (The Noah's Ark Exhibition, White Water Rafting, Overnight Camping, City Tours, Art Performances, etc.)
            11. Let the youth speak (Substance abuse, Bullying, and Respecting yourself) workshops.
        • Workshops are held at Ambridge Community Center, Monday - Friday from 3PM - 6PM for ages 9-21 yrs. For schedule information, and/or to sign up for their programs, visit the C.L.C.P website TODAY!
        • AfterSchool Programming for Gary Youth: provided by the Gary Youth Services Bureau Monday-Thursday from 2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m at 839 Broadway, Suite S202, in downtown Gary. Open to students in grades 1-12. Transportation is available and will be provided to students. To register your students: Parents may visit the Gary Youth Services Bureau. Please bring proof of three (3) months of income. For more information, please contact Cecelia Garmon, YSB Director, or Ebony Appleton, at 219-881-5270.
        • Not sure which direction you should be going? Are you between 17-21 years of age? Do you have a career in mind? Are you sure it's the right career for you? Let WorkOne help you with:
            1. Exposure to various aspects of an industry
            2. Internships & Job Shadowing
            3. Paid & unpaid community service work experiences
            4. Entrepreneurship
            5. and MORE!
        • Contact your local WorkOne Youth Programs representative today to discuss eligibility and to complete an application: 3522 Village Circle, Gary | (219) 981-4100, x308.

  1. Tutoring/Mentoring Programs
      • IUN Indiana Kids Program
        As an Indiana Kids program participant (students in grades 6-12), you will have access to:

          1. Tutoring - Each student will have access to tutoring sessions to assist with their homework, projects and studying. They can attend virtual study groups, one-on-one sessions and archived study resources
          2. Mentoring - Each student will be matched with a college student who will serve as a mentor and coach to them. They will connect every month to discuss and provide advice on academics, college, and career goals, as well as discussions about positive choices with decisions they face at school, home, or work.
          3. Workshops - Each campus will sponsor workshops allowing students, parents and guardians, and mentors to connect in person. They will gain knowledge in topics to support student’s goals, i.e. college and career readiness, STEM enrichment, health and fitness education, and days-of-service events.
          4. Resource Dissemination – Students, parents and guardians will receive communication about upcoming workshops, tutoring sessions, and other campus resources available to them.

        To join this program, register HERE. Once registered, you will receive an email regarding next steps. For more info, call 219-980-6596.

      • MOVE Mentoring
        MOVE helps males maximize their life's potential through mentoring, athletics, literacy, leadership and entrepreneurship. MOVE features:

          1. 50 weeks of after-school and summer programming for young men 17 and under
          2. Support groups and training for men over age 18
          3. Character development
          4. Entrepreneurship training
          5. Real business start-ups
          6. Literacy embedded into all activities
          7. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
          8. Live and studio audio engineering courses
          9. The BRO-CODE Computer Coding
          10. Flag football league
          11. ...and so much more!
      • MOVE meets every Thursday night from 6:30pm to 8pm at CityLife Center, 225 W. 5th Ave. in Gary. For more information, call (219) 880-4851.
      • CityLife Center at 225 W. 5th Ave. in Gary provides Girls Mentoring that meets every Saturday from 10am to noon. For more information, call (219) 880-4851.
      • Urban League of Northwest Indiana offers mentoring and tutoring for youth n the areas of Algebra | English | Public Speaking. For more information, contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621 or visit their website. The Urban League is also seeking volunteers to assist with this program (specifically, as mentors and tutors). Retired teachers are welcome!

  • Miscellaneous
      • The Homework Hotline is ready to provide free help to students in math and science. Their tutors are trained Rose-Hulman students, available Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to take student calls at (877) 275-7673 (ASK-ROSE), as well as chats and emails. They also have many classroom resources available on their website, www.AskRose.org for students.
      • If you or someone you know is being cyberbullied (bullying that takes place through computers, cell phones, or other electronic devices), text HOME to 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor at the Crisis Text Line 24/7.
      • Indiana State Democrats Page Program - an educational opportunity for students age 12-18 to gain 1st-hand knowledge of how the legislative process works: Witness the legislative process! | Tour the Statehouse! | Assist your State Senator! For more info, or to apply, visit HERE.
      • Indiana students aged 13-18 are invited to serve as House pages & get a firsthand look at how laws are made. Pages have the opportunity to join their local Representative during the legislative session & Tour the Governor's office, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the House & Senate Chambers. For more info, or to apply, visit HERE.
      • Kids Eat Free Every Saturday at Les Cafe Pancake Club (2708 Highway Ave. in Highland) & at The Pancake Club (2257 US 41 in Schererville)! Both restaurants are open daily from 6am to 4pm. Click this link for a printable coupon for 10% off! This coupon can be used Monday through Friday! Call (219) 972-7831 for all the deets…
      • Community Organizations for Families and Youth (COFFY) is seeking youth volunteers to help promote anti-violence throughout our community. For more information, contact Albert Gay at (219) 757-1836.

Offerings without a Deadline (most FREE!)

    1. Free! | Municipal | Health | Education | Culture | Support | Fun!


        1. Do you know anyone re-entering the community after years of separation due to either incarceration, addiction, or illness? Let them know about:
          • The Hoosier Initiative for Re-entry Program offered through WorkOne. Call 219-263-8418 for more info, or check out this flyer.
          • The Reentry Circle - a community circle that supports the reentry citizen, and their families as well. The Circle is a safe place for members of the community (business, agencies, residents) to come and receive support and information on reentry issues. The Circle meets every Tuesday from 6pm-8pm at 839 Broadway, 1st Floor (Green Room) in Gary. For more info, call 219-880-2284, or check out this flyer.
        2. Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Lake County is offering first time pregnant mothers a FREE Personal Nurse who is specially trained to help new moms face the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. Your nurse will visit you in your home until your baby is two years old!

          Your NFP Nurse will help you:

          • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
          • Build a strong support system
          • Make the home a safe place for baby
          • Find resources to help with childcare, school, jobs, housing, etc.
          • Set and reach goals
          • with your questions, concerns, hopes & fears
          • with what to expect during pregnancy, labor, parenting
          • with what you can do to care for yourself and baby

          Call 219-444-2000 for more information, and to see if you are eligible.

        3. NWI's oldest comedy club hosts NWI's only Comedy Open Mic & now Variety Show every Wednesday eve from 8pm to 10pm at D Performance Comedy Theatre, 500 S. Lake St. in Miller.

          Ever wanted to try stand up comedy? Are you a current stand-up comedian or a sketch or improv performer? Do you just love to laugh? No admission fee to watch, or perform. All you pay for is your food & drink.

          All Comedians are guaranteed 5 mins, but usually get 8-10 min. Come get seen by guys who book shows in Northwest Indiana. Call 219-613-4585 to reserve a slot in advance, or sign up at 8 pm after the doors open. Poets, Spoken Word Artists, Rappers, Singers are also welcome.

        4. Purdue Extension offers FREE Nutrition & Cooking lessons throughout NWI. Learn about healthy food options, reading labels and food safety, as well as how to:
          • Stretch your food dollars
          • Plan fast & healthy meals
          • Cook & sample dishes
          • Increase your physical activity

          Each participant gets a FREE participation gift and a Certificate of Completion (upon completing 6 lessons). Contact Beth Noel at 219-755-3240 (hablamos espanol). Or visit their website: Eat. Gather. Go..

        5. Are you interested in Home Energy Efficiency Improvements at NO COST to you? Contact Holistic Community Coalition at (219) 354-0892 for more info.
        6. St. John Evangelist has stipends available for rent or NIPSCO in the areas of St. John, Dyer, and Schererville for those in need. Please leave a message at (219) 365-5678, ext. 300 for more info.
        7. Gary Neighborhood Services is providing Utility Assistance Monday through Friday starting at 7:45 AM on a first come first served basis at 300 W. 21st Ave. in Gary. For more information, call (219) 883-0431.
        8. The American Red Cross of NWI, along with support from the Hammond Fire Dept., is sponsoring Home Fire Preparedness & Safety. The local Fire Department & volunteers from the American Red Cross will be canvassing neighborhoods in the city of Hammond and in surrounding communities to install FREE smoke alarms in homes to keep families safe. If you are interested, and would like up to 3 FREE smoke alarms installed in your home AND receive fire preparedness information to keep your family safe, please call (219) 756-5360.
        9. Another Chance Outreach Center presents Moving Forward 2, FREE community services for women living in Lake County. These workshops are centered around the theme: Moving Forward from Substance Abuse II, covering topics such as:
          • Substance Abuse
          • Domestic Violence
          • Strong Families
          • Relapse Prevention
          • Parent Reunification
          • Financial Management
          • Health & Wellness
          • HIV Awareness
          • Life Skills

          Workshops will be held at Another Chance's transitional living facility or at a location in Lake County. All participants will be given a clinical assessment, group therapy, and 1-on-1 counseling from a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Contact Jaylen Johnson for further information: 219-487-5448 or via email.

        10. FREE Legal Clinic for assistance with:
          • Foreclosure
          • Veterans
          • Divorce
          • Expungement
          • Family
          • Bankruptcy

          Available the 2nd Saturday of every month from 1pm-4pm at 4500 Harrison St. in Gary. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments preferred. To set up an appointment, call (219) 882-3461. Or check out the program brochure HERE.

        11. FREE Legal Help:
          Is your criminal record creating a road block to a better job? Or housing? Wish you could have a second chance? Find out if you qualify for expungement through the Juvenile Reentry Program (JRAP).

          Do you qualify?

          • Are you aged 14 to 24?
          • Do you live in East Chicago or Gary?
          • Do you have a juvenile or adult criminal record?
          • Do you or your family live in public housing or use a Section 8 / Housing Choice Voucher?

          If you qualify, here's how JRAP can help:

          • Expungement/Sealing of Juvenile or Adult Record
          • Help with your Child Support Issues
          • Help restore your driving privileges

          JRAP Office Hours

          • NorthTownship Office, 2100 Broadway, East Chicago (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-noon, or by appointment)
          • Gary Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, 839 Broadway, Suite S-200 (2nd Floor), Gary (Tuesdays, 5pm-7pm, or by appointment)

          For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (219) 390-8981 or (219) 397-9974, x11.

        12. Law firm offers expungement services FREE to veterans:
          The Scott King Group, a Northwest Indiana law firm with its practice concentrated on criminal defense services, will provide legal services for military veterans eligible for expungement of prior criminal histories FREE OF CHARGE in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties.

          Interested veterans can schedule appointments and must provide proof of military service in order to qualify. Attorneys will review the necessary information, and if the veteran qualifies for expungement under Indiana law, the necessary documents will be prepared and filed with the court without cost to the veteran. And should a court hearing be needed, the attorney will attend, again without cost to the veteran.

          "I have seen media accounts and have also had clients describe the challenges faced by many veterans getting appropriate employment after their military service," King said. "There are any number of reasons for these challenges that are outside our expertise, but in this small way, we see an opportunity to try to help people who have helped us with their sacrifices."

          For more information, call (219) 769-6300 or visit call their website.

        13. To increase access to civic legal aid for residents in North Lake County, Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) now has staff in East Chicago on Mondays & Wednesdays. A paralegal, fluent in both English & Spanish, is available from 10am - 4pm on these days at the Catholic Charities office at 3901 Fir St. in East Chicago's Indiana Harbor neighborhood.

          ILS, a nonprofit organization, provides FREE legal counsel to low-income persons, seniors, and victims of domestic violence on civic legal issues that threaten an individual's ability to obtain (or maintain when threatened) basic necessities. ILS attorneys handle civil cases relating to families | housing | employment | public benefits | healthcare | consumer law matters.

          ILS cannot accept cases that might generate attorney fees. To be eligible for FREE services, a person must have a household income that is less than 125% of the federal poverty income level, meaning an income of $14,353 for a 1-person household or an income of $29,438 for a 4-person household. Clients must be US citizens or documented immigrants, except in certain limited circumstances.

          If you have a civic legal problem that requires immediate attention, call ILS at 888-255-5104.

        14. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, located at 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso, offers FREE admission the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact (219) 742-2571.
        15. NorthShore Health Centers presents its Family-Food-Fun monthly meetings, which include story and floor time activities, a cooking/nutrition class, as well as raffles and giveaways. Families will enjoy a home-cooked, hot lunch while also receiving updates on NorthShore's services and community events.

          Held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11am at NorthShore's Lake Station site (2490 Central Ave.), this meeting is FREE for families whose youngest child is between 1 month to 2 years of age. RSVP is required via phone or e-mail. For more information, contact NorthShore Health Centers at (219) 763-8112, ext. 1811 or via email.

    2. Municipal
        1. Do you have personal goals, but don't know where to start (e.g., help writing a resume, go back to school, creating and maintaining a budget)? NWI-Community Action provides Family Development Specialists to assist you with becoming self-sufficient through:
          • Home-based Case Management
          • Goal-setting
          • Support, Advocacy, and Referrals
          • Informative workshops offered at NO COST.

          Call (219) 794-1829, x2415 for more details or for eligibility information.

        2. Citizen's Drop-Off Program: Gary residents are allowed ONE free dump (e.g., tree limbs, concrete, bricks, grass, etc.) per week at 7015 W. 5th Ave. in Gary. The following are NOT accepted:
          • Paint
          • Any Liquid Substance
          • Televisions
          • Computer Monitors
          • Medical/Hazardous Waste
          • Tires
          • Shingles

          Hours of Operation: 7:30am - 3pm (Monday - Friday) | 8am - noon (Saturday)

          For more info: 219-944-4999.

        3. The Mayor's Office of Constituent Services presents its 311 Service. This service provides a coordinated and scheduled delivery of high quality basic services (for example: Illegal Dumping, Trees Down, PotHoles, Missed Garbage/Recycling, Building Violations, Streetlights Out, Abandoned Property, Health Violations, Snow Removal, Streets Flooded, Property Damage, Request Recycle Bin, Power Outage, Hazardous Properties, Abandoned Vehicles, Blighted Areas, Code Enforcement, etc.) designed to improve the quality of life for the residents of Gary, business owners and visitors to the City.

          Please use this service rather than calling 911. For instructions on how to download the 311 app to your smart phone, visit the city's website. For more information about this service, please call 219-881-4815.

        4. The City of Gary has a campaign to help keep residents informed on the progress of potholes being filled and how to report a pothole that needs to be filled: 1) Call it in to (219) 881-1311, 2) Submit it online, or 3) Download the City of Gary 311 app and report it there.
        5. The City of Gary Recycling Department offers FREE tire collections at 900 Madison St. Monday thru Friday. Gary citizens can drop off 4 tires between the hours of 8am to 2pm. They also offer FREE shredding to Gary citizens at 900 Madison St., Wednesdays and Fridays from 8a-2p.
        6. Are you a resident of East Chicago, Hammond, Highland, Munster or Whiting? Then the North Township Trustee is at your service, providing assistance to those in need. The Township provides: food | shelter | utility service | clothing | medical/prescriptions | burial/cremation. Its programs include:
          • Dial-a-Ride
            FREE bus service within the East Chicago, Hammond, Highland, Munster and Whiting communities between 8am and 3pm. Will take you to the doctor's appointment, grocery shopping, fitness center, dentist, etc. Call 219-932-2530, #4 for further information.
          • School Clothing & Supplies
            Giving youth school necessities.
          • Emergency Victim Relief
            Supplying disaster victims with everyday necessities.
          • Wicker Park
            Volleyball, golf & tennis lessons. Special events and activities.
          • Workfare
            Clients working for assistance.

          To apply for service, contact their offices at:

          • 5947 Hohman Avenue
            Hammond, Indiana 46320
            Phone: 219-932-2530
            Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm
          • 2105 Broadway Street
            East Chicago, Indiana 46312
            Phone: 219-398-2435
            Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm
        7. NWI-Community Action is now offering the Individual Development Accounts Program (IDA). IDA is a special savings account for people with low to moderate incomes. IDAs are designed to assist individuals in achieving self-sufficiency by combining financial literacy education with a matched savings account. Your money is matched to encourage and help you to save enough to buy an asset, such as a house or business.

          Each month you are expected to make regular deposits into an IDA, and when you meet your savings goal for the year, the State of Indiana will match every $1.00 that you've saved with $3.00. You can use your combined IDA savings to:

          • Buy a home
          • Further your education or enroll in a job training program
          • Start or expand a small business.

          To be a participant in the 4-year Indiana IDA Program you must:

          • Be a resident of the State of Indiana
          • Have earned income
          • Have household income which is below 175% of the federal poverty level
          • Be able to save $25/month or $300/year
          • Attend 8 hours of Financial Literacy Training
          • Attend training and/or counseling sessions in specific to their chosen asset goal.

          If you are interested in participating in IDA, contact Annette King at (219) 794-1829, ext. 2441.

    3. Health
        1. State of Indiana now offers FREE Lyft service to and from substance use treatment and certified recovery support programs. If you or someone you know is in need of a ride to or from treatment, please call 2-1-1.
        2. In need of a dental cleaning and x-rays, but NO dental insurance? Get both for just $70. Call 219-980-6772 (Dr. Slavich) for more info.
        3. Monday Walk Group: The Calumet Region Striders meet every Monday night at 6:00 PM by the volleyball courts at Wicker Memorial Park, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd. in Highland. One loop around Wicker Park is 2.2 miles on a paved bike trail. If you prefer, there is also a smaller inner loop that is approximately .6 miles. Leashed furry friends & strollers are welcome. Email the Calumet Region Striders for more info.
        4. Purdue University Northwest Community Counseling Center, located at 2415 - 169th Street in Hammond, is now offering $5 short-term individual counseling sessions for adults and children. Issues commonly presented include:
          • Anxiety
          • Depression
          • Grief/Loss
          • Substance Abuse
          • Identity/Sexual orientation
          • Trauma survivors
          • Coping skills for life events

          For an appointment, call (219) 989-2923.

        5. Community HealthNet now offers FREE assistance with completing applications for healthcare coverage: HIP 2.0, Hoosier Health Wise, CHIP, Medicaid, and Marketplace plans. There are 5 convenient locations to choose from. For more information, call (219) 359-4826. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
        6. Optometry Services now available at NorthShore Health Centers' Lake Station location, 2490 Central Avenue! Sliding scale fees are available for patients who are uninsured. Offering a range of services, including:

          • Comprehensive Eye Exams (for patients as young as 3 years old)
          • Diabetic Eye Exams
          • Cataract Evaluations
          • Glaucoma Evaluations
          • Eye Infections Management
          • EyePACS Photography
          • Contact Lens Services
          • Optical Dispensary.

          Hours: Monday, Thursday: 8:30am - 5p; Tuesday, Friday: 8:30am - 12p; Wednesday: 10:30am - 7p. For appointments or more information, please call 219-763-8112.

    4. Education
        1. Griffith Career Center now offering Computer Basics & Internet Basics classes. Get skilled up TODAY! For more info, call 219-513-9307, x7409.
        2. Indiana University Northwest offers a leading Adult Education program that promotes professional development, lifelong learning and personal enrichment for residents in Gary and throughout Northwest Indiana. The program offers evening or weekend classes on the IU Northwest campus, plus an extensive array of impactful online courses. Please visit their website for all the deets...
        3. The Urban League of NWI offers Digital Literacy Classes. In just 7 lessons, you will get the proper training and skills you need, such as:

          • Introduction to Computers
          • Common Computer Terminology
          • Computer Functions, performance, and Features
          • Computer Operating Systems
          • Preparation for College
          • Internet, World Wide Web, Email, Blog, Instagram, and the Cloud
          • Spreadsheet and Database Development

          Contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621 for more information.

    5. Culture
        1. Watch and Fly Remote Control Airplanes! Every Monday and Thursday from 12pm to 3pm at Sparta Dome, 1355 E. North St. in Crown Point. All ages welcome, and your kids will love this! Spectators...FREE Entry! Flyers must bring your AMA (American Modelers Association) card...$5 per participant (this includes anyone on turf). Call (219) 224-3663 for more info.

    6. Support
        1. Thinking about quitting alcohol? Drugs? Begin your journey to freeing yourself from harmful habits by joining Community HealthNet's Habit Reduction group - where you will find motivation, receive support and education, and build your confidence so you can reach your goals. The group meets every Tuesday & Friday morning at 1021 W. 5th Ave., 2nd floor conference room, in Gary from 10am to noon. Call (219) 359-4827 for more info.
        2. Parent Support - the Clinical Perspective meets every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at Capitol City Family Education Services, 6049 Broadway in Merrillville from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Topics covered include:
          • Grief and Loss
          • Stressed and Depressed
          • Relationship and Family Issues
          • Child Behaviors.

          Call (219) 427-0193 for more info.

        3. Early Learning Partnership offers GROUP CONNECTIONS to all Lake County families with children birth to kindergarten at NO CHARGE. GROUP CONNECTIONS are fun opportunities for parents or caregivers and their child(ren) to build social connections with each other, engage in focused parent-child interaction, and increase knowledge of ways to support children's development. Oh...and each family receives a FREE BOOK!

          GROUP CONNECTIONS meets in Griffith, Hammond, and Whiting. Visit Early Learning Partnership's website for meeting dates and times.

        4. The Village Mama's Circle meets every Thursday at 5:30p at 839 Broadway, Suite 202S in Gary. Come join this loving, supportive circle of women raising children in Gary. Please bring a dish, snack, or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Contact Ebony at (219) 881-5270 for more info
        5. Beyond the Baby Blues NWI Peer Support, 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm to 7pm at Portage Public Library, Conference Room, 2665 Irving St., Portage. This support group is for women experiencing Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder, including depression, anxiety and panic disorder. Come and share your struggles and stories. For more information, contact NorthShore Health Centers at (219) 763-1508 or via email.

    7. FUN!
        1. Looking for stuff for you & your family to do in Northwest Indiana? Then...CLICK HERE!
        2. Family Fun Centers in Northwest Indiana - There are so many options for family fun in Northwest Indiana!
        3. Bowling and Indoor Skating in Northwest Indiana - There are numerous bowling alleys and indoor skating facilities in Northwest Indiana!
        4. Over 20 Parks to Visit in Northwest Indiana!
        5. Take a Tour of Northwest Indiana's Museums and other Attractions - Northwest Indiana hosts a variety of museums and other establishments offering tours to the public.

Job Readiness & Entrepreneurship Opportunities

    1. Job Readiness/Apprenticeship
        1. Learn about Manufacturing. The Calumet Area Industrial Commission now offers a FREE 4.5 week course leading to 2 important certifications for your resume: an OSHA 10 Safety certification card & a Fork Lift Operators certification card. The course covers manufacturing processes and includes field trips to 1 or more factories to see products being made and to 1 or more community colleges with classes in manufacturing fields where students, using the US Promise Grant, can get degrees at no cost. The course also covers job readiness skills (resumes, job interviews, industrial math, and job applications). For more info, call (773) 928-6000, x260.
        2. TradeWinds Services now offering FREE Industrial Sewing Classes to individuals with limited or no sewing experience on industrial sewing machines. The goal here is to develop the skills needed to advance to being a qualified full-time Sewing Operator. To learn more, call(219) 945-0100, x201.
        3. Indiana Tech now offers bachelor's degrees in CYBERSECURITY! What can you do with this degree?
          • Information Security Analyst, $92,600/year
          • Chief Information Security Officer, $135,800/year
          • Security Architect, $101,210/year
          • Security System Administrator, $79,700/year

          To learn more, contact (219) 836-1910, x4830.

        4. Adult Learning Centers Free Education Classes at the Crown Point Adult Learning Center, Lakeview Square, 928 B South Court Street in Crown Point. Services offered include:
          • High School Equivalency Diploma Prep (Formerly G.E.D. Prep)
          • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
          • English as a Second Language (ESL)
          • Basic Computer Skills
          • Basic Reading & Math Skills
          • Job Skills Training
          • College Entrance Review

          One-time $20 registration fee to cover materials and supplies. Please Call (219) 314-9904 for class times and registration information.

        5. Did you know that in as little as 6 months, you could be earning at LEAST $30,000/year in one of these industries: Manufacturing | Healthcare | Transportation, Distribution & Logistics | Hospitality & Tourism? Scholarships are available. Go to your local WorkOne office to find out if you qualify or call (877) 607-0680.
        6. Indiana Plan for Equal Employment works to provide opportunities for minorities, women, and disadvantaged workers in the construction industry. It is a pre-apprenticeship program that assists these populations as they work towards acceptance into a formal apprenticeship program. The training seeks to provide individuals with a basic understanding of the education that is required in any building trades program.

          Following training, individuals will have broader opportunities for employment as they are placed into construction jobs at a training rate that provides more valuable experience for them to gain acceptance into a formal apprenticeship.

          Indiana Plan’s northern Indiana office is located in the Urban League building. If you have any questions or would like to seek a career in the construction trade, please contact Brian Shipp or Tamara Bradley at 219-884-4503.

        7. The Urban League of NWI offers a Job Readiness Program at their offices in both English and Spanish. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, by appointment, from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM, the program helps individuals in their job search, helps connect them with the right people, and helps set themselves up for future success. The following is a list of services the program provides:
          • Email Creation
          • Resume Building
          • Cover Letter Creation
          • Mock Interviews
          • Dress for Success
          • Online Job Application

          They also offer specialized services and workshops that train beginners on different computer skills such as basic computer knowledge, creating an email account, internet job search, and introduction to business and entrepreneurship.

          For more information, feel free to contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621.

        8. Department of Labor YouthBuild-Gary, a FREE program offering classes to young adults ages 17 – 24 who want to earn their diploma, is now having open enrollment. There is still time to join, but space is limited. If you want to earn your High School diploma, to learn and get certified in the carpentry trade, and earn money for college, visit their website for more information. Or contact Anew Life Youth Development Corp. at (219) 880-2552.

    2. Entrepreneurship
        1. If you are interested in starting a business, or have a business and need some assistance, call 219-644-3513 to set up an appointment with NWISBDC Business Advisor Bill Gregory. Or visit NWISBDC's website, apply to be a client by filling out a business survey, and submit. A business advisor will call you to set up an appointment at the Gary Annex Building. There is no charge for our services unless you sign up for a workshop.
        2. Looking to start a small business? Meet one-on-one the 1st Tuesday of each month, 9am - 12pm at 839 Broadway, with a counselor offering technical, legal, and financial support for entrepreneurs in Gary. Services include advice on business plans, start ups, expanding businesses, incorporating, financial projections, and applying for small business loans. Contact Kyle Johnson at (312) 275-3000, x133 for further information.

Job Offers

  1. Have you contacted or accessed the following JobLinks yet for the latest job opportunities? Well, what are you waiting for? Do it TODAY:
  2. Peoples Bank is now hiring Tellers. Process financial transactions and suggest appropriate Bank products and services to customers. To submit a resume, please email hr@ibankpeoples.com. For more info, call 219-836-4400.
  3. My School Options is seeking Outreach Coordinators. The Outreach Coordinator will be part of the Institute for Quality Education/MySchoolOptions (IQE/MSO) community engagement team. Their efforts are to raise awareness, educate, and empower Indiana families to make the best educational choice for their families. As such, the outreach coordinator will serve as a local/regional liaison to represent the IQE/MSO vision to ensure that all Hoosier children are receiving the highest quality education. For more information, or to submit a resume, please email cesar@myschooloptions.org.
  4. The CareSource JobConnect program is seeking 5 new Life Coaches to help its members break down barriers to employment and education, and to achieve self-sufficiency. They are specifically looking to hire in Indy, Evansville, Gary, South Bend, and Fort Wayne. This would be an amazing position for people with a passion for human service and with grassroots experience and knowledge of their local community resources. Spanish-speaking and experience with the Corrections population is a definite plus. Apply online HERE.
    • Driver Trainees
    • Newly Licensed CDL Drivers
    • Experienced CDL Drivers

    For the Basic CDL Qualifications required for this opportunity, call 219-880-2284 or 219-427-6883 TODAY! (ask for Bennie).

Other Stuff (including Scholarships!)

  1. The 2019 BP Global STEM Academies Scholarship application cycle is now open! 100 students will be given the opportunity to study abroad (in either Brazil or Egypt) to get exposed to key STEM principles and methodologies and critical global competence skills. To qualify, students must be between the ages of 15 and 17.5 years with a demonstrated academic and career interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Deadline to apply is February 28. To learn more: CLICK HERE.
  2. Off to College? Visit the Urban League of NWI for a list of their available scholarships TODAY! Their application deadline is March 20. For more info, call (219) 887-9621.
  3. Off to College? Begin your Scholarship Search with the Legacy Foundation TODAY!
  4. BALFOUR SCHOLARS PROGRAM for High School Juniors
    Once accepted as a Balfour Scholar, students attend a 5-day residential visit to Indiana University-Bloomington. Academy students will participate in informational sessions and activities to develop their abilities to make informed and personalized decisions regarding their collegiate and career paths.

    Then throughout their senior year, students will continue to receive mentoring and access to resources to help make the transition to college a smooth one. The analytical skills learned through this program are transferable in nature and will allow students to leverage resources on any campus. Students should apply if they:

    • Are completing your junior year of high school
    • Are enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum (Core 40 Diploma or Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma in Indiana)
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

    Note: Priority given to African American, American Indian, and Latino/a students.

    The 3 brief essay questions include:

    • Why do you want to go to college?
    • Why are you interested in attending the 2014 Balfour Scholars Pre-College Academy? What do you hope to gain from this experience and how do you think it will help you in the future?
    • If selected, are there any specific academic programs (majors) and/or student services you would like to be connected with while you are on campus?

    Applications also must include a copy of your transcript and recommendation letter from teacher or guidance counselor. For more information: Steve Corona, Executive Director, Latinos Count. (260) 740-2527 or via email.

  5. THE GROUPS SCHOLARS PROGRAM now offering IU undergraduates 4 years of funding.
    The Groups Scholars Program provides financial support for tuition and fees as well as other costs related to attending Indiana University Bloomington. The program will soon expand to provide up to four years worth of assistance. Until this year, the program was funded for the freshman year only - but through a reallocation of resources, IU now plans to ensure that participants in the Groups Scholars Program will receive assistance for a full 4 years. Additionally, IU has announced that those students who are already participating in the Groups Scholars Program will also receive assistance for the remainder of their undergraduate education.

    Eligible students are the first in their family to attend college with limited financial resources from all racial and economic backgrounds. Admission requirements for the IU Groups Scholars Program are available online.

    Once admitted into the Groups Scholars Program, students commit to participation in a 6-week on-campus "boot camp" prior to the start of their freshman year, an intense series of sessions designed to prepare the students for the rigors of college-level studies. That summer program entails prep courses in math, critical reading and English composition, while familiarizing the students with the campus as well as academic expectations. Other key resources, including tutoring and peer mentoring services, aid Groups students in their pursuits of academic excellence and personal achievement.

    The IU Groups Scholars Program admits more than 200 students each year. For more information about the program, visit the Groups Scholars website.

    Volunteers being sought to describe their early years growing up with an incarcerated father. This study, conducted by a doctoral researcher at Capella University, seeks to hear the lived experiences of African-American males that had fathers who were incarcerated in order to give them a voice. For your voluntary participation, one 90-minute face-to-face interview is required, in a centrally located private office within an urban community in Northwest Indiana. Participants must be African-American male adults between the ages of 18-65 whose father was incarcerated for at least 3 years when they were between the ages of 10-15 years old. You will receive a $40 Wal-Mart gift card to thank you for your participation in the study. Call (219) 209-3696 for more info.