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:



The Power of a Parent:
IEP | School Choice | 21st Century Scholars | Title I | The New Graduation Pathways

Giveaways Galore!
School Uniform Voucher Raffles | FREE Back2School Supplies | SO MUCH MORE!

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Offerings with a Deadline

  1. Back2School Giveaways:
      1. Trinity United Church of Christ - Gary is giving away over 600 Backpacks (and school supplies), August 11, 8am-noon at 1276 W. 20th Ave. in Gary. They will feed you too! Call 219-944-0500 for more info.
      2. City of Gary's Health Fair & Back2School Giveaway, August 11, 9am-2pm at Gary RailCats Stadium in Gary. School physicals and immunizations available. Haircuts too! AND...Free Uniforms! OMG!!! And don't forget to pick up your IPI B2S Parent Swag Bag while you're there...
      3. SSGA's 17th Annual Give Away of Gary, IN, August 11, 10am-2pm at 855 Taft St. in Gary.
      4. Fresh County Market's 9th Annual Back2School Fair, August 11, noon-3pm at 2550 Arthur St. in Gary. Magic show | Raffles | School Supplies | Face Painting | Food | Music | & So Much More!
      5. Embassies of Christ Kingdom Ministries' Back to School Book Bag Giveaway, August 11, noon-3pm at 4825 Cleveland St. in Gary. Includes: Free Haircuts | Free Braiding | Food | Activities for the Kids!
      6. Liberty Tax Service's Back2School Giveaway, August 11, noon-4pm at Theodore Roosevelt College & Career Academy, 730 W. 25th Ave. in Gary.
      7. Debo's Towing & Garage's Back2School Bash, August 11, noon-4pm at 5800 W. 29th Ave. in Gary.
      8. NWICA Family Development will be conducting a Back to School Backpack and School Uniform Voucher Giveaway on August 11th, 1pm to 4pm at 5240 Fountain Dr. in Crown Point (in the back parking lot). Backpacks and vouchers will be distributed on a first come first serve basis to income eligible individuals who have registered for event. For more info, or to register, call 219-794-1829 x2415.
      9. Christian Revival Center's Community Block Party, August 11, 2pm-5pm at 805 W. 57th Ave. in Merrillville.
      10. Mizpah Seventh-Day Adventist Church's Back to School Giveaway & Health Fair!, August 12, noon-4pm at 2350 Jefferson St. in Gary. FREE School Supplies | FREE Haircuts | FREE Food | & MORE!
      11. 2nd Annual Hammond FOP Back2School Extravaganza, August 13, 5pm-7pm at the Hammond Civic Center, 5825 S. Sohl Ave. in Hammond. FREE Haircuts | Music | Safety Village | Food | & MORE!
      12. Join the NWI Parent Celebration & Education Expo on August 18, 8am-4:30pm at IUN in the Arts & Sciences Building in Gary. The day's events include a parent conference, a HealthFest, and several giveaways for Back2School (like, backpacks with school supplies & uniform voucher raffles). To learn more, CLICK HERE | to RSVP, CLICK HERE | For more info, call 219-886-1111.
      13. Christ Center Church Inc. of Gary's Back 2 School Jam, August 18, 1pm-4pm at 635-719 Clark Road in Gary. There will be Pony Rides, Petting Zoos, Bounce Houses, Games, Music, Food and Entertainment to stimulate a positive influence for this upcoming school year. For more info, call 219-949-4556.
      14. Ultimate Salon's Back to School Event, August 19, 11am-2pm at 604 W. Chicago Ave. in East Chicago. Free Haircuts! Free School Supplies! Free Refreshments!
      15. Back to School Bash, August 25, noon-4pm at Brunswick Park, 775 Clark Rd. in Gary. Live Music | Games | Food | Giveaways! Torey D'Shaun to perform. Call 317-960-6633 for more info.
      16. NorthShore Health Centers is offering FREE Backpack plus supplies with your student's school physical through August 31 (while supplies last). Call 219-841-5154 for more info. or to schedule your appointment TODAY!
      17. Marram Health Centers is offering a FREE Backpack & Supplies with a school, sports, or yearly physical through August 31 (while supplies last). Call 219-806-3000 for more info. or to schedule your appointment TODAY!
      18. Back-to-School Jamboree on Saturday, September 8 from 8:30am to 4pm at IUN, Savannah Hall Gymnasium/Auditorium, 3400 Broadway, Gary. This event will help prepare families for the school year & make you aware of services & resources available to students & families in our community. FREE activities for all ages include: a double dutch rope competition | 3-on-3 basketball tournament | Carnival Games | Movies | & MORE! PLUS...Free School Supplies for the 1st 300 children!
  2. GPTC Pop-Up Farmers Markets are HERE!!! From 11am-2pm. At the Metro Center on August 17. At University Park on August 18. At Stewart House on 15th Ave. on August 25. All pop-ups occur along the Braodway Metro Express route. When fresh, wholesome food comes to you! Call 219-885-7555 for more info.
  3. Are you currently pregnant and/or the legal guardian of a child that is less than one year old? You may be eligible to receive a FREE Pack’ N Play Crib, a Sleep Sack, and Educational Materials regarding important Safe Sleep practices for attending Geminus Community Partners' FREE Safe Sleep Class. The Class takes place at Circle of Services, 2835 165th Street in Hammond from 11am-noon on the following days: August 31 | Septemeber 28 | October 26. Call 866-641-7181 for more info.
  4. Tall Cop, Officer Jermaine Galloway, will be in NWI on September 25 from 6pm-7:30pm at Edison High School, 3304 Parkside Ave. in Lake Station. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! Officer Galloway has nearly 20 years of experience in law enforcement, with much of that time spent focused on combating underage drinking and drug abuse. He is a highly respected and internationally recognized instructor on trends in drug/alcohol culture and enforcement methods. He provides audiences around the world with tools, resources and training to combat substance abuse. RSVP at: EventBrite, or call 219-757-1851 for more info. The event is FREE; no one under 18 permitted.

    Topics covered will include:

    • Alcohol/drug clothing, signs & symptoms
    • Alcoholic energy drinks and alcopops
    • Non-traditional alcoholic beverages
    • Synthetic drugs
    • Popular party drugs
    • Party games
    • Social networking sites
    • E-cigarettes & Inhalants
    • Concentrates
    • Alcohol/drug containers and
      concealment methods
    • Drug-related music and groups
    • Alcohol/drug-related technology
    • Youth party tendencies
  5. 15th Annual Latino Resource Fair will be on October 13th at Irving Elementary School, 4727 Pine Ave. in Hammond from 10am-2pm. Call 219-433-4294 for more info.

Free Stuff

  1. This stuff goes FAST, so don't dally. Contact Stephanie today! 219-791-2164 (call or text):
    • FREE Workout Equipment: Free Weight Bench Set | Tread Mill
    • FREE piano
    • FREE Pack and Play
  2. Summer Meals for Your Kiddies: HERE is the list of all the locations in Lake County where your kids can access free breakfast or lunch, with the hours available this summer. An indispensable resource...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:
    • July 11: St. John Community Center, 1515 US Hwy 30, Schererville
    • July 18: Living Hope Church, 9000 Taft Street, Merrillville
    • July 25: Galilee Baptist Church, 1548 Madison Street, Gary

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. FREE Stuff: Clothing, Furniture, TVs, Kitchen Appliances (e.g., microwaves), even Medical Supplies.

Stuff for your Kids (to do)

    1. AfterSchool Programs | Camps | 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. Camps
      • Green Gary Day Camp
        The Gary Parks Department is offering a summer recreation & FREE lunch program through July 20 from 10am-noon at the following sites:
        • Borman Square, 700 Madison St.
        • Tolleston Pavillion, 1709 Ellsworth Pl.
        • Reed Park, 1400 Pennsylvania St.
        • Glen Ryan, 4220 E. 6th Pl.
        • Brunswick, 775 Clark Rd.

        There will be nutritious meals, games, recreation, and FUN for all! Call 219-881-5270 for more info.

      • "SAFE" Summer Youth Aviation Camp
        Brought to you by the Gary/Chicago International Airport, this camp runs through July 26th, Mondays-Thursdays, 9am – 2pm, at 6001 Airport Road in Gary. Lunch is provided. For inquiries, call: (219) 949-1941.
      • Superhero Summer Day Camp
        Get to know superheroes of the bible while doing crafts, learning activities, Bible lessons, taking field trips, and learning different sports! This Camp runs Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm thru August 3rd at The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps in their Community Center, 4800 Harrison St. in Gary. Call 219-887-6588 to learn more.
      • Camp LRCA
        You've heard of Summer Camp, but have you heard of Winter Camp? Camp LRCA offers camping opportunities for kids not just in the summer, but in the winter also, called Winter Retreats. If you're interested in getting a weekend break away from the kiddies (or from the parents, kids), check them out TODAY! They have stuff going on all year long...
      • Summer in the Park
        Designed for ages 10 and under along with families, each program offers a unique way to get outside, and learn about history or nature. This free summer program takes place on Wednesdays from 10 AM - noon thru August 8 at Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway in Hobart. Call 219-769-7275 for more info.

  • 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
        • Is your teen seeking Summer Employment?
          • Hands on assistance with building his/her resume
          • Meet people who can help him/her in his/her career search
          • Help identify employers currently hiring and help in applying for open positions
          • Interview Preparation

          Your teen must be between the ages of 16-24, be either a Lake, Porter, Jasper, or Newton County resident, and be income eligible. Limited slots available - call Kelly at 219-794-1829, x2415 to get your teen pre-screened TODAY!

        • I Spy Young Naturalists: Foster a natural curiosity in your little one as you venture outdoors and 'spy' on what's happening around Gibson Woods Nature Preserve. This program, designed for kids ages 3-5 with an adult, will include a story, craft, snack, and lots of outdoor exploration! This program happens every 2nd Monday of the month thru December from 9:30-11:30 AM at 6201 Parrish Ave. in Hammond. Call 219-769-7275 for more info.
        • 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. The City of Gary is providing the following Cooling Centers to help you beat the Summer's heat:
            • Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway, 10am-4pm M-F
            • Borman Square, 700 Madison, Open as Needed
            • Brother's Keeper, 2100 Broadway, 8am-9pm, 219-882-4459
            • Calumet Township Center, 1900 W. 41st Ave., Open as Needed during the day, 219-880-4901
            • Oak Street Health, 4900 Broadway, 8am-5pm M-F, 219-237-5170
            • Resurrection House Baptist Church, 1968 W. 11th Ave., noon-8pm Fri-Sun
          2. Have you been impacted by severe weather? Flooding? Then visit the State Assistance Center located at Polk Elementary School, in the gymnasium, 2460 Vermillion Street in Lake Station. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

            The American Red Cross (ARC) and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will be on site to deliver basic necessities for those needing food, water or clothing and other essential items.

            State agencies will have representatives on site to provide immediate assistance and answer questions for those who have suffered a loss, including the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Department of Insurance (DOI), Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) and the Indiana State Police (ISP) will be providing additional support.

            The following state services will be available:

            • Housing Support – Listing of emergency shelters; listing of temporary housing; emergency housing and short-term rental assistance
            • Social Services – Replacement and emergency food stamps; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit cards; listing of available child care providers; mental health service referrals; mobile feeding; Red Cross and Salvation Army case work; health coverage application assistance
            • Unemployment Insurance – Apply for state unemployment benefits or Disaster Unemployment Insurance
            • Insurance Information – Interpretation of insurance policies by staff of the Indiana Department of Insurance; information on lost or damaged policies; information on obtaining copies of insurance policies; general insurance navigation advice and complaint resolution; car insurance assistance
            • Public Health Information – Clean up advice and education including mold removal and prevention; vaccination information, including tetanus shots; information regarding free well water testing; access and information to vital records such as birth and death certificates
            • Transportation Assistance – Vehicle title and registration replacement or apply for a salvage vehicle title via the BMV; replacement of driver licenses and identification cards
            • Agriculture – Representatives will be available to connect land owners and farmers to various local, State and federal assistance programs; erosion control mitigation and assistance-technical and possible financial assistance form BMP installation; logjam and agricultural field debris removal assistance; documentation and repair of damaged, existing conservation practices/structures; mapping/GIS support; damage surveys and documentation; support for animal and livestock issues.
          3. 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.

          4. 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.

          5. 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.

          6. 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.
          7. 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.
          8. The Gary Health Department, 1145 W. 5th Ave., Gary is offering FREE flu shots for Gary residents only. Flu shots are given every Thursday. Appointments preferred, however walk-ins are accepted. Must show proof of residency. For further information, please call the Health Department at 882-5565.
          9. 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
          10. 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. 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.
          2. 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.

          3. 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.
          4. 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. 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...
          2. 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. ARISE, in partnership with Artopia Arts and Crafts Cultural Academy, is offering Arts and Crafts Classes for all ages every Saturday from 12pm until 3pm. Please contact ARISE at 219-885-9384 for more information.
          2. Open Stage: Life Spoken Through Your Art, every last Tuesday of the month from 7pm - 9pm at 444 Caribbean Grill, 444 S. Lake St., Gary. If your art is Singing | Poetry | Drawing | Painting | Acting | Etc., ARISE Gary wants you to come out and share your talent. For more information, contact (219) 885-9384.
          3. 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. WorkOne is now offering TDL (Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics) Awareness Sessions for CDL and TDL driving positions with May Trucking and Schneider. Information covered will include:
            • What is a CDL driver?
            • Becoming a CDL driver
            • Income potential
            • Job opportunities
            • Career options
            • Hiring criteria

            Sessions are from 2p-4p at WorkOne Hammond, 5625 Hohman Ave.:

            • April 20 for Schnieder
            • May 16 for Schnieder
            • June 8 for May Trucking

            To learn more, contact (219) 762-6592, x226.

          2. 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.

          3. Start your career in MANUFACTURING with the Certified Production Technician (CPT) Course at Ivy Tech-East Chicago. From 2/26 to 5/16 at 410 E. Columbus Dr., meeting Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays from 5pm-9pm. Contact WorkOne to see if you qualify to take this course for FREE! (219) 981-4100, x342.
          4. Interested in working in retail? WorkOne is offering training in Customer Service & Sales starting March 5th, and in Retail Fundamentals starting March 19th, both for 1 week from 9am-5pm at Southlake Mall (in their Retail Lab). Those who have undergone these trainings start at a higher wage than those who don't. Contact WorkOne to getsigned up TODAY! (219) 933-8332.
          5. FREE CDL TRAINING! at 2101 W. 37th Ave. in Gary. This training includes advanced range & road skill development with in-depth classroom material intended to develop useable skills & technical knowledge leading to employment as a Tractor Trailer Driver. Day, evening, & weekend classes available! Upcoming training dates:
            • April 9
            • April 23
            • May 7
            • May 21

            . Please register with Natalie at (219) 933-8332, x450.

          6. WorkOne is offering training modules for people in Re-Entry through its HIRE program. Occurring monthly, these modules will cover interviewing, personal and business ethics, workplace scenarios, how to apply to jobs, expectations, HIRE Partnerships, services, resumes, elevator speech, work habits, and having a chance to interview with local employers who are justice-challenged friendly. The training is from 9am – 4pm. Training dates below:
            • 4/9/18
            • 5/14/18
            • 6/11/18

            All individuals will be set up to meet with a Career Adviser at one of the Work One locations for further details on job placement, training programs and opportunities, skills workshops, and assistance with their resumes and or furthering/obtaining their education needs. For further information, or to sign up, please call: (219) 263-8418.

          7. 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.

          8. 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.
          9. 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.

          10. 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.

          11. 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. City of East Chicago has positions to fill:
      • Labor - Marina: Under general supervision of the Marina Manager, performs a variety of semi-skilled or skilled labor tasks related to all functions of the Marina/Lakefront part-time. Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license.
      • Golf Course Attendant: Knowledge of Golf preferred. Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license. This is a part-time, temporary position.
      • Administrative Intern: Under close supervision, performs entry-level professional duties of moderate difficulty, providing an opportunity to acquire knowledge of procedures and standards in the Planning Department. May perform duties such as gathering and organizing data to provide information for the Director, special projects, or report basic arithmetic computation. Assists in all entry-level responsibilities such as filing, data entry, answering phones, contacting City departments or outside agencies and other related duties as assigned. Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license. This position is part-time.

      To apply, mail, fax, or email cover letter, resume and the City of East Chicago Employment Application to Loretta Vaughn, City of East Chicago, 4525 Indianapolis Blvd. East Chicago, Indiana 46312, Fax: (219) 397-5755; lvaughn@eastchicago.com. If you email your cover letter, resume, and application, please type on the subject line your name and Applying for _________ (For example: Loretta Vaughn – Applying for Labor – Marina).

    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 Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking Crew Members, ages 18-25 who are NWI residents, to plant & water 1,225 trees in the Grand Calumet watershed communities of East Chicago, Hammond, Gary, and Whiting (as green stormwater infrastructure & habitat enhancement in their communities). Crew members work outdoors 7 hours/day, Tuesday-Saturday, for 36 weeks. They are expected to attend SCA-provided trainings, to ensure safe & effective tree canopy conservation, & training in basic digital mapping & data collection techniques. Crew members meet at a centralized pick-up & drop-off location (5400 Cline Ave., East Chicago), and are transported to their work site each day by their Crew leader. This opportunity is from April 2 - December 1, with hours from 7am-2:30pm, with one half-hour unpaid lunch daily. Salary is $10/hour. For more information, please email dgylys@thesca.org.
    5. The City of Gary is seeking to fill Americorps VISTA positions for the Mayor's Office of Constituent Services, Gary for Life, Gary for Jobs, and Redevelopment!!! This is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience, while earning cash, and an educational award.

      Current VISTA members have been involved in various projects such as planning Historic Preservation Tours, establishing startup programs such as Teen Court and It's Time to Work Gary!, a workforce development program. Some VISTAS have even gained grant writing experience.

      To apply: go to nationalservice.gov; click "programs"; click "VISTA"; do a search for Chicago Metro area, and it will take you to the Gary positions!!!

    6. 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. 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.
      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.
    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.