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What is a Parent Resource Center (PRC)?

Families today have many concerns.

The Parent Resource Center at IPI is where caregivers can share their concerns and find solutions. The Parent Resource Center connects caregivers to resources in the community that provide services in employment, childcare, education, healthcare, after-school programs, finances, etc.

Check out the Community Bulletin Board below for current opportunities and events being offered in the community.

PRC Services

Family Support Services Family Life Coach Parent Support Group

Community Bulletin Board

Opportunities and events being offered in the community:

  1. Single Mother’s Renewal Project, hosted by Communal Services on April 5 at IUN, Hawthorne Rm 103, 3400 Broadway, Gary, 10am.

  2. Spring Basketball Camp for girls and boys grades 6-8, FREE! at Roosevelt College and Career Academy, 730 W. 25th Avenue from April 5-19; call Coach Jefferson at (219) 384-6781 for further information.

  3. IUN One Dollar Book Sale, from April 7-10 at Morraine Student Center, 3400 Broadway, Gary; call 980-6607 for details.

  4. Meet the Candidates Night, hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, on April 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at IUN, Bergland Auditorium (located in the Savannah Center), 3400 Broadway, Gary; candidates for the position of Lake County Indiana Sheriff are gathering for a public forum.

  5. The Office of Career Services at Indiana University Northwest invites the community to its 13th Annual Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, in the Savannah Center Gymnasium, 3400 Broadway, Gary.

  6. The Gary Parks Dept. with host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run event on April 12th, 10:00a.m. at Gilroy Stadium in Gary. For more information, contact Ezra Alexander at (219) 886-7094.

  7. Open House at Roosevelt High School, 730 W. 25th Avenue, Gary on April 12 from 12p-4p; community welcome.

  8. Drive-in Theater at Marquette Park returns May 2nd. (Details coming soon)

    The City of Gary Department of Public Parks is seeking a hardworking, skilled, self-motivated person who is skilled in the operation of varied maintenance equipment to perform maintenance and landscaping duties at the City’s parks and ground areas. Assignments may be given in detail for each job or may follow an established routine. Work is subject to review for quality and quantity. For more information on applying, call (219) 886-7099.

    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 three brief essay questions include:
    1. Why do you want to go to college?
    2. 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?
    3. 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

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

  12. 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.

  13. Pantry on the Go is a program where the NWI Food Bank loads up its truck and goes into underserved communities to set up a temporary food pantry. The food they give out is based on the food pyramid, so they give away grains, dairy, protein, fruits and vegetables. Their goal is to get a lot more fresh produce out into the community.

    The Pantry on the Go takes place each month, and stops in all towns served by McDonald’s in Northwest Indiana. Upcoming Pantry stops include:

    • Munster on Monday, April 8th (location to be determined)

    • Hobart at the Elk’s Lodge (3580 W. 61st) on Monday, April 15th

    • Portage at the Duneland Falls Banquet and Meeting Center (1100 N. Max Mochal Highway) on Monday, April 22nd

    • Whiting on Monday, April 29th (location to be determined)

    All distributions take place from 3-5pm Central Time. Recipients only need to bring valid proof of residency. Food is served on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

    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.

  14. 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. Are you eligible? Click here to find out.

    Their 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, click here. Or contact their offices at:
    1. 5947 Hohman Avenue
      Hammond, Indiana 46320
      Phone: 219-932-2530
      Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm
    2. 2105 Broadway Street
      East Chicago, Indiana 46312
      Phone: 219-398-2435
      Tuesday-Friday 8am-6pm

    Click here for a list of family services providers in the Township area.

  15. Join the Fresh Coast Wave Ad Sheet's Sales Team Today. The Fresh Coast Wave Ad Sheet provides associates with the globally recognized "Professional Selling" Training Program. Work full or part time from home and earn as much working part time as many earn working full time in other professions. If you have the determination to succeed, the Ad Executives at the Fresh Coast Wave Ad Sheet want to discuss exciting income earning opportunities with you. Contact them at 219-888-9009 or email them.

  16. 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.

  17. The City of Gary is launching 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 at, 3) Download the City of Gary 311 app and report it there. Visit this link for details and to download the app:

  18. Free Energizing Indiana Home Energy Assessments. Energize Your Home and Get More Comfort and Savings! And a free Energy Savings Kit! An Energizing Indiana Home Energy Assessment can help you raise your home's performance, lower energy bills, improve in-home air quality and increase your home's value. Sign up today, and Energizing Indiana will call soon to schedule your appointment.

  19. Sign up for the NIPSCO AC Cycling Program and receive a $10 per month credit on your monthly electric bill during the months of June, July, August and September. AC Cycling briefly cycles your air conditioning unit during periods of high demand, reducing demand and cost. NIPSCO will install a free Smart Switch on the outside of your home near your air conditioning unit. You don't even have to be home. Please return the completed sign up form to IPI via fax at 219.886.1113 or at our offices at 839 Broadway, Gary, IN to get this service started. You may also scan it back to us via email.

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