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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 | Stuff for your Kids | City/Township Offerings
Job Readiness Opportunities | Job Offerings | Other Stuff

Dated Offerings

  1. Katherine Jackson presents the Michael Jackson 6th Annual Charity Weekend on August 21-22, 2015 starting at 12pm on each day at Theodore Roosevelt High School, 730 W. 25th Ave., Gary. There'll be: FREE 2-day concert | back-to-school GIVEAWAYS | dance competition | celebrity meet & greet | local vendors | celebrity beauty bar | jumpers | face painting | FREE haircuts | FREE food & drinks | car show | basketball shooting contest | and much more! Visit for further deets.

  2. Progressive Community Church is having its annual Harvest Fest Back-to-School Jamboree this Saturday, August 22nd at 656 Carolina St., Gary starting at 9am. They've shut the block down for a good ole fashion Block Party. There will be back packs stuffed with school supplies, a video game bus, fun games for all, a tent, horse rides, cotton candy, and food. ALL FREE. As well as performances by praise teams and other special guest. There will also be supplies for teachers and raffles for parents. Come on out for some cool Family Fun!

  3. August 24, 2015 is the Gary Community School Corporation's FIRST DAY of school.

  4. Community Baby shower on Saturday, August 29th, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Ivy Tech Gary, 1400 E. 35th Ave. Gary. Come join in this fun and educational event for parents-to-be, and all those who care about them. ALL FREE! Event includes:
    • information on Breastfeeding techniques (breast pumps available)
    • information on Nutrition during pregnancy
    • Your choice of gift for your baby
    • Refreshments served
    For more information, please call (219) 885-9755.

Free Stuff   (back to menu)

  1. 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,, or

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

    • Coming Soon...

    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.

Stuff for your Kids   (back to menu)

  1. Year-Round AfterSchool Programming for Gary Youth:
    The Gary Youth Services Bureau, in partnership with the Superintendent of Public Parks Lori Latham, is now providing multi-site out-of-school time programs for youth ages 4 to 20. 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

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

  3. Looking for some awesome CHILDCARE? Visit the Riley Child Center in Hammond, across from the Purdue-Cal campus, to learn more. Also, check out this flyer. To schedule your tour, contact (219) 989-2343.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

City/Township Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. NWI Community Action is now offering the Individual Development Accounts Program (IDA). IDA is a special savings account for peoples with low to moderate incomes. IDAs are designed to assist individuals in achieving self-sufficiency bycombining 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.

  2. Hudson Campbell Sports & Fitness Center Weekly Class Schedule

  3. 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.

  4. Click HERE for Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC) Schedule Updates.

  5. The Urban League of NWI offers Digital Literacy Classes. In just 7 lessons, you will be get the proper training and skills that 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.

  6. Optometry Services now available at North Shore 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, located at 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso, offers FREE admission the first Tuesday of every month. And during the winter, don't forget to pick up your snowshoes at the gatehouse (available for both children and adults) to explore their snow-covered trails; they are free with admission, on a first come-first served basis. For more information, contact (219) 742-2571 or visit them online at Click here for their Calendar of Events.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. NorthShore Health Centers presents its FamilyFoodFun 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 at

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

  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.

Job Readiness Opportunities   (back to menu)

  1. Did you know that in as little as 6 months, you could be earning as 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.

  2. Not sure which direction you should be going?
    • Are you between 17-21 years of age?
    • Do you have a career in mind?
    • Do you know if it is the right career for you?

    Let WorkOne help you:
    • Exposure to various aspects of an industry
    • Internships & Job Shadowing
    • Paid & unpaid community service work experiences
    • Entrepreneurship
    • and MORE!

    Contact your local WorkOne youth representative, Ms. Kris, today to discuss eligibility and to complete an application: 3522 Village Circle, Gary | (219) 981-4100, x308. Or click here to learn more about the WorkOne Youth Programs available throughout Northwest Indiana.

  3. 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.

  4. The Urban League of NWI offers Job Readiness Services at their offices. These services are available on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM. The purpose of these services is to help individuals in their job search, help them connect with the right people, and set themselves up for future success.

    The following are a list of services that the Urban League offers:
    • Indiana Career Connect/Work One
    • Resume Development
    • Interviewing Skills
    • Mock Interviewing
    • Dress for Success
    • Completing Applications
    • Cover & Thank You Letters

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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, 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

Job Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. Construction Workers Needed for East Chicago company. Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing, Inc. is looking for highly skilled contruction workers for a variety of positions (wages from $16-$30 per hour):
    • General Laborers
    • Concrete Finishers
    • Pipefitters
    • Carpenters
    • Drywall Hangars
    • Iron Workers
    • Plumber Fitters
    • Electricians
    • Truck Drivers
    • Landscapers

    Candidates should possess 2 years of construction experience and be able to perform construction site tasks. Candidates are expected to operate and handle numerous construction instruments and power tools. Must be able to pass background and drug screen. Interested candidates must refer themselves to the job order on - #8666958 and attach a resume showing their experience. Qualified candidates will be contacted via email by WorkOne with an invitation to a screening session.

    • Driver Trainees
    • Newly Licensed CDL Drivers
    • Experienced CDL Drivers
    For the Basic CDL Qulaifications required for this opportunity, click here, or...Call TODAY for more info: 219-880-2284 or 219-427-6883, ask for Bennie.

  3. Have you contacted the City of Gary Job Line yet for the latest job opportunties? Well, what are you waiting for? Call it TODAY: (219) 881-4386. Or you can submit an email for a current listing:

  4. CN–North America’s Railroad is now hiringl They are seeking talented people who will positively contribute to their company and culture. New hires start off on the right foot with paid training, and many will spend time at their state-of-the-art training facility on the CN Campus, located in Homewood, IL, just 30 miles south of Chicago.

    They offer the total package:
    • long-term jobs with a competitive salary
    • training and career development
    • remarkable health benefits
    • a pension plan
    • a share purchase plan
    They invest in their people for the long-haul, ensuring they have the tools, skills and support they need to succeed, everyday.

    To join their hard-working team, please create a profile and submit an application through their jobs website at You can also review the position videos they have posted, as well as sign up for their job alerts.

    Questions? Contact Patrick Crain at or phone 708-332-3521.

  5. NICTD (South Shore) has posted new career opportunities for: Track Machine Operators (Class A CDL Required)/Laborers, Mechanical Department Project Engineers, and Entry Level Shop Machinist. Click HERE to view the job opportunities on the NICTD website.

  6. Cintas has the following job opportunities: Sanis Service Sales Representative | Custodian | Management Trainee – Rental – CMV | Route Service Sales Representative – Facility Services (4 day). To apply, click HERE.

  7. 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.

Other Stuff   (back to menu)

  1. Off to College? Begin your Scholarship Search with the Legacy Foundation TODAY!

    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

  3. 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.

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