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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:

Dated Offerings | Free Stuff | City/Township Offerings | Job Offerings | Other Stuff

Dated Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. The Continuum of Care Network for Northwest Indiana will begin accepting names for the Waiting List of Tenant Based Rental Assistance, from 9am on September 8 to 4pm on September 12. The Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program will provide rental assistance payments (up to 12 months) to applicants that fall into the very-low (50%) area median income limit and who have critical and/or emergency needs. Please visit the HUD website for the 2014 HOME Income Limits:

    You must contact the office listed below to register and receive program requirements for Tenant Based Rental Assistance:

    City of Gary, County of Lake
    Continuum of Care Network for Northwest Indiana
    839 Broadway – Suite 301N
    Gary, IN 46402

    No names will be accepted after the September 12 deadline.

  2. You are invited to get to know the City of Gary, Indiana on Saturday, September 13th from 10a-2p. Join us as we canvass the city, block by block, collecting data on Gary’s abandoned buildings as part of our monthly Gary Parcel Survey (GPS). GPS volunteers will learn the latest on how smartphone technologies can be used as tools to combat blighted cities and find out firsthand how civic hacking can inform urban policy development. We will be meeting at 10a in the parking lot at the Redevelopment Department, 839 Broadway in Gary. If you will be needing a ride or have additional questions, please contact Jocelyn Hare at or at 773-834-1671.

  3. Bethel Church Gary Grand Opening: On Sunday, September 14 at 9:30am, Bethel Church will celebrate the grand opening of its Gary campus at 225 W. 5th Ave, the former Boys & Girls Club of Gary. All are invited. Children’s classes are available from newborn through 5th grade.

  4. Trail of Scarecrows Contest 2014, hosted by Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, from September 15 - November 1. Choose a story. Build a scarecrow. Write an essay about how your scarecrow represents the story and/or character chosen. The scarecrows will then be on display at Taltree in October for guests to vote for their favorite. First, second and third prizes will be awarded to the scarecrows with the most votes! Open to all K-5th grade groups. Register by September 15 to participate. Participation is free. For more information, click here.

  5. Coffee with the Mayor at Coney Island, 3350 W. 5th Ave., Gary, on September 16 from 8am – 9am.

  6. North Shore Health Centers' Family Chat: Car Seat Safety at New Chicago Library, 2007 Central Avenue, Lake Station on September 17 from 10:30am - noon. Did you know children are best protected in a crash if they are seated facing the rear of the car until they are about two years old? NorthShore Health Center’s Child Passenger Safety Technicians will share exactly what you need to do to keep your children safe while in the car and also how to keep them from getting out of their car seat. Each family that attends will receive an Indiana Buckle-Up Bug Club Kit.

    All guests receive:
    • Education on family and health related topics
    • Information on community programs & events
    • Snacks & refreshments
    • Gifts and giveaways
    • A chance to win prizes and more!

    Please RSVP at (219)763-8112 ext 5579 or

  7. Parade for Education, hosted by the Gary Community School Corporation, at Buffington Park on September 20, 10am.

  8. The Urban League of NWI's 7th Annual Scholarship Fair at the Genesis Convention Center, Gary, IN on September 25 from 9am – 1pm. Over 50 colleges, universities, and US Army ROTC representatives will be onsite offering admission and college scholarship award opportunities to qualifying students. For registration information and attendance requirements, please contact the Urban League at 219-887-9621 or visit

  9. Bethel Church Gary's Family Movie Night at 225 W. 5th Ave., Gary, IN (the former Boy's and Girl's Club) on September 26 at 7pm. Contact (219) 880-4850 for more info.

  10. The Four Seasons Birthday Club’s Taste of Christ Luncheon: Treat your taste buds to delicious food on September 27th starting at 2:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 201 W. Ridge Road, Gary. Donation: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years. For additional information, contact Mrs. Louis Lee at 219-883-3907.

  11. The Dinah Lynn Biggs Show presents a City-Wide Kids Dance Party & Concert (Ages 2-14) on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 4PM – 8PM at the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club; 2700 W. 19th Ave., Gary, IN 46404. Free to everyone. It is a family event; parents welcome to enjoy the fun. Snacks, prizes, contest, family photos, face painting, balloons, and a concert featuring positive teen artists.

  12. 2nd Annual Culture Shock Multicultural Fest, brought to you by ARISE, Live Arts Studio, Indiana University Northwest, Queensview and 444 Caribbean Grill, at the Live Arts Studio, 4760 Broadway, Gary, IN on October 25 from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Once again, enjoy the opportunity to "Discover the World", as the Gary community honors its diversity - one of its greatest assets. Attendees are encouraged to dress in native attire and share the uniqueness of their cultural roots. We are "One Community, Many Cultures", so let's all come together and share what we love about our culture.

    Culture Shock exposes our youth to the cultural traditions in our community they might not otherwise get an opportunity to experience, thus promoting diversity, reconnections to heritage and unity among cultures. Some of the cultures that will be represented include: Greek, Mexican, Indian, Brazilian, African, Dutch, German, Jewish and Italian.

    Culture Shock will include: FREE entertainment programs for the entire family | live performances from ARISE members | performances representing many of the world’s cultures | an array of arts and crafts activities for the entire family | a number of vendors from jewelry, art, organizations, restaurants and more in attendance. Participants can create their own, jewelry, friendship bracelets, crafts, drawings and more. And with its vast array of performing arts, family activities, ethnic cuisine and global arts and crafts, attendees get to enjoy culturally diverse foods at Culture Shock and take home a memento from artisans' work from neighboring lands. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy!

    For more information please contact: Alicia Nunn (, Dr. Desire’e Simpson ( or visit

Free Stuff   (back to menu)

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Pantry on the Go is a program where the NWI Food Bank loads up its truck and goes into distressed communities throughout Lake and Porter Counties that do not have access to a traditional food pantry to set up a temporary food pantry to distribute free food. 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.

    All distributions take place on a Wednesday from 4-6pm Central Time. Saturday distributions at the Renaissance Towers Apartments take place from 9:30am-11am. This service is available to all Northwest Indiana residents in need of food assistance. Please bring valid proof of Indiana residence (driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, etc.) for service.

    Upcoming Pantry stops include:

    • August 27 from 4pm - 6pm at the American Reformed Church, 1021 S. Hakley, Demotte

    If you are in need of a pantry, please visit NWI Food Bank's I Need Help 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.

City/Township Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. 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.

  2. The Gary Youth Services Bureau announces Year-Round AfterSchool Programming for Gary Youth
    Director Ken Patrick Barry, in partnership with the Superintendent of Public Parks Lori Latham, has created multi-site out-of-school time programs for youth ages 4 to 20 beginning Monday, September 29, 2014. Utilizing park pavilions as community youth centers, the YSB hopes to serve over 500 youth daily.

    Programs will include:
    • academic enrichment
    • tutoring through a partnership with the Food Bank of Indiana’s Project HOPE
    • free hot meals
    • nutrition education
    • fitness and physical education
    • boys and girls mentoring
    • fall baseball and girls softball sponsored by Major League Baseball’s RBI program with help from the Gary Railcats
    • girls and boys basketball
    • cooking classes
    • chess
    • visual and performing arts
    • and more.

    The YSB will also launch "The Underground", a safe place for teens to socialize, explore their creative interests, engage in test prep, learn about college and careers, learn how to be entrepreneurs, take advantage of leadership and service learning opportunities, and help create innovative programs.

    For more information, contact (219) 881-5270 or email

  3. The Women for Christ Ministry of Christ Baptist Church invite the children and youth in the community to their Tutoring Program, each Tuesday beginning August 26, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, contact (219) 938-5504.

  4. 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.

  5. Mommy & Me Story Time, 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am at New Chicago Library, 2007 Central Ave., Lake Station. This 30 minute lapsit program uses song, rhymes, and finger play to encourage interaction and foster language development and motor skills. For more information, contact NorthShore Health Centers at (219)763-8112 ext 5579 or

  6. New Generation Youth & Family Services presents a FREE Pregnancy Prevention Workshop on the 4th Thursday of every month, excluding holidays, at 839 Broadway, Suite LLB95, Gary from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. This class is for males and females aged 12-18. Refreshments will be served.

    Students will learn the following:
    • Discuss the risky behaviors sex, alcohol and drugs that youth are involved in
    • Discuss decision making tools to help decide to abstain or protect
    • Discuss the consequences of unprotected sex
    • Bring awareness to the economic impact of pregnancy on youth, family & community
    • Discuss how utilizing drugs and alcohol leads to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Drug Addicted Babies

    Contact (219) 951-4063 for further information.

  7. Miller Beach Farmers Market, S. Lake St. at Rt. 12, every Sunday through September 28 -- 10 am to 3 pm.

  8. The City of Gary General Services Department has begun tree removal. General Services is only responsible for trees located between the Sidewalk and curb and trees that are located on city-owned lots. Tree removal occurs when trees are dead, dying, diseased or hazardous that poses a threat to property. Tree removal will take place from May through September. Mondays and Tuesdays will be designated for tree removal or trimming. To report a hazardous tree, please call 881-1311 or report it online at

  9. Gary residents interested in obtaining free mulch may retrieve it from D&R at 7015 W. 5th Avenue. You must bring your own bags to obtain the mulch.

  10. 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:

  11. 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.

Job Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. 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 for more information. Or contact Anew Life Youth Development Corp. at (219) 880-2552.

  2. Community Organizations for Families and Youth (COFFY) is seeking youth volunteers to help promote anti-violence throughout our community. They ask that you complete and return to them this Gifts Talents Skills Matrix, to learn how best to apply to the cause those talents you bring to the table. For more information, contact Albert Gay at (219) 757-1836.

  3. Urban League of Northwest Indiana is seeking volunteers to mentor and tutor youth in the areas of Algebra | English | Public Speaking. Retired teachers are welcome! For more information, contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621 or visit their website at

  4. Project: AWAKE (Assisting Workforce by Advancing Knowledge for Employment). Learn in-demand skills at NO COST to begin a new career in Advanced Manufacturing. Click here for further details.

  5. Indiana American Water is seeking a Senior Manager for its Field Services Production. Duties include managing both the field operation and production areas within a state or state district, ensuring cost effective, high quality customer service and operational integrity. Click here for further information or to apply. Or, contact the Urban League at (219) 887-9621.

  6. US Steel is looking for a Maintenance Technician, MTE Learner.

    Job Description:
    The Maintenance Technician Electrical job is a core component for our maintenance forces and requires a trained and experienced individual to continue our success as one of the world's largest steel producers. The Maintenance Technician Electrical performs all electrical maintenance functions necessary to maintain all operating and service equipment using standardized and specialized tools and equipment including mobile equipment, pendant and overheard cranes and forklifts. As a Maintenance Technician Electrical, you will install, maintain, repair and operate a broad range of electrical systems and electrical equipment in a heavy industrial environment to maintain continuous operations.

    Job Responsibilities:
    • Troubleshoot, install, maintain and repair a broad range of electrical and and electronic systems and equipment using schematics, AC/DC systems, and PLC's
    • Provide assistance in operating functions as necessary
    • May work alone with minimal supervision or with other maintenance technicians
    • Work in various areas of the plant locations is required.

    Click here to apply.

  7. ARKA Express is looking for Local, Regional and OTR CDL-A Drivers. Click here for further details.

  8. Lake County Auditor's Office is seeking a part-time auditor. Click here for further details.

  9. Indiana University Northwest is seeking a Custodian. Click here for further details.

  10. Cintas has a few open positions at their Hammond location. Looking for upbeat, reliable individuals, with either customer service, sales or business experience. Cintas is currently looking to hire a handful of Service Sales Representatives in Training. Starting pay is between $12.00 and $15.00 per hour and it is a 4 day work week, with full benefits package. Candidates can apply online at

  11. ArcelorMittal is seeking Maintenance Workers (Electrical and Mechanical). Consider going through their Steelworker for the Future program to qualify today. The program even offers paid on-the-job training at an ArcelorMittal facility. And those who graduate the program have the opportunity to work at ArcelorMittal at a potential average annual income of $90,000 plus benefits.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

Other Stuff   (back to menu)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    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

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