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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 | Summer Camps | Back-to-School | Free Stuff | City/Township Offerings | Job Offerings | Other Stuff

Dated Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. Methodist Hospitals Farmers Market & Food Fair at 600 Grant Street in Gary, on August 15 from 8am – 2pm. Wide variety of fresh fruits & vegetables. Wholesale prices. Cooking demonstrations by Methodist Hospitals chefs.

  2. East Chicago Day with our Youth & Community at the East Chicago Public Safety Facility, 2301 E. Columbus Dr., East Chicago on August 16 from 9am - 2pm. For more info, call (219) 794-1829, ext. 2410.

  3. Health Fair for the community at 2421-27 Ralston St., Gary on August 16 from 10am - 2:30pm. For more info, call (219) 554-0027.

  4. Gary Youth Services Bureau (YSB) Open House Party. August 16 from 10am - 3pm at the following locations:
    • Brunswick Park, 775 Clark Road
    • Washington Park, 1500 Conn. St.
    • Ironwood Park, 119 E. 24th Ave.
    • Glen Ryan Park, 4220 E. 6th Ave.
    • Café 839, 839 Broadway – 1st Floor North
    • YSB Underground, 839 Broadway – Basement

    Parties will feature refreshments, bouncy houses and more for kids to do. Parents can register onsite and learn more about the myriad of programs being offered by the YSB.

    Learn about free after school programs, starting 9/29/14, 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, please call (219) 881-5270.

  5. Christ Baptist Church will celebrate its 33rd anniversary with its annual picnic at Hidden Lake, 6355 Broadway, Merrillville on August 16 from 10am - 3pm.

  6. The 60-Vendor Rummage Sale, hosted by Neighborhoods Inc., on August 16 from 10am - 4pm at 4444 Railroad Avenue in East Chicago, in the fenced parking lot behind the East Chicago Annex Building. The Taste of East Chicago is within very close walking distance from the sale site. DOOR PRIZES FOR ATTENDEES!! RSVP at 219.398.9121 or 219.844.1876 or 708.862.3232.

  7. Steel City Car and Bike Show in County Market parking lot, 2550 Arthur St., Gary on August 16 from 10am - 6pm.

  8. Star and Planet Gazing. Join International Dark Skies Association members on August 16 from 7:30-9:30 pm as they bring their love of the stars and their telescopes to the Douglas Center for a night of star watching. Contact (219) 395-1821 for further information.

  9. Gary Community School Corp. Back-to-School Convocation, August 18 at 8am at West Side High School, 9th & Gerry Street, Gary.

  10. First Day of School for the Gary Community School Corporation, August 20.

  11. Enjoy a Free Round of Golf at South Gleason Park Golf Course, 3400 Jefferson St., Gary. ALL DAY! August 20.

  12. North Shore Health Centers' Family Chat: Let's Grow at 2490 Central Avenue, Lake Station on August 20 from 10:30am - noon. Learn more about the stages of child development and how to read your child's growth chart. Each family will receive a free "Milestone Moments" book and a wall picture growth chart.

    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 mhigel2@northshorehealth.org

  13. Future Workers of Indiana is offering young men and women, ages 14-18, the opportunity to learn skills to gain employment on August 23 from 12p - 3pm in the Community Room at the Hammond Public Library, 564 State St., Hammond.
    • Do you need help filling out an application?
    • Do you need a resume but have never worked?
    • Do you need to know how to prepare for an interview?
    Contact Elvira at (219) 689-6591 for further information.

  14. It's Easy to be Green. Kathy Sipple, founder of 219green connect, will be on hand during the open house on August 23 to offer tips on being kinder to Mother Earth by practicing greener tips around your house and neighborhood. These tips will also save you money. Contact (219) 395-1821 for further information.

  15. Horseshoe Casino Hiring Event at Circle of Services Building, 2835 165th St., Hammond on August 28 from 9am - 2pm.

    Available positions:
    • EVS (Housekeeping) Attendant
    • Buffet Server (PT)
    • Cook I & Cook II (FT)
      (Buffet, Diamond Lounge, Steakhouse, Seven Stars Lounge)
    • Bar Porter (PT)
    • Usher (on-call)
    • Retail Associate (on-call)
    • Security Officer (PT/FT)
    • Experienced Table Game Dealers (FT/PT)
    • Experienced Poker Dealer (PT/on-call)

    Apply online prior to event: click here (Select Indiana | Select Horseshoe Hammond | Search All Jobs)
    • Must be 21 years or older to apply
    • Bring a resume
    • Professional Attire preferred

  16. Michael Jackson Celebration in the 2300 Jackson St. and Roosevelt High School parking lot from August 28-30.

  17. Coffee with the Mayor at Denny’s, 3150 Grant St., Gary, on August 29 from 8am – 9am.

  18. Methodist Hospitals Farmers Market & Food Fair at 600 Grant Street in Gary, on August 29 from 8am – 2pm. Wide variety of fresh fruits & vegetables. Wholesale prices. Cooking demonstrations by Methodist Hospitals chefs.

  19. St. John Spiritual Church's Feed the Homeless program at 1921 W. 45th Ave., Gary on August 30.

  20. Lakeshore Music Festival Celebrity Golf Classic with Beverly Johnson at South Gleason Park Golf Course, 3400 Jefferson St., Gary on August 30 at 8am.

  21. Turn Up Youth Gospel Festival at Gateway Park, 4th & Broadway, Gary, on August 30 from 10am – 3pm.

  22. Lakeshore Music Festival at Marquette Park, Gary, on August 31 from 10am – 6pm. Free of Charge. Featuring Layla Hathaway.

  23. Beyond the Baby Blues NWI Peer Support Group at NorthShore Health Centers, 2490 Central Avenue, Lake Station, on September 3 at 10:30am. This group is open to anyone experiencing Post-Partum Depression and Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder. To register, contact Michelle Higel at 219-763-8112 ext 5579 or mhigel2@northshorehealth.org.

  24. Coffee with the Mayor at Charlie’s Coney Island, 2491 Broadway, Gary, on September 5 from 8am – 9am.

  25. City of Gary’s First Friday Family Night Drive-In Theatre on the Lake, September 5 at Marquette Park, 6:30pm.

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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 mhigel2@northshorehealth.org

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

  30. 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 www.infinitescholars.org.

  31. 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 (arisegary@gmail.com), Dr. Desire’e Simpson (liveartsstudio@aol.com) or visit www.arisegary.com

Summer Camps   (back to menu)

  1. Communal Services Summer Camp and Feeding at Salvation Army, 4800 Harrison St., June 9 through August 15, 8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. daily. This summer enrichment program includes sign language, arts & crafts, etiquette, jewelry making, and computer classes, MSW open table forum (for kids boosting your self-esteem), book club, basketball, and baseball. RSVP to hold your spot! Some scholarships are available. 219-487-4267.

Back-to-School   (back to menu)

  1. City of Gary Back-2-School Festival at Railcats Stadium on August 16 from 9am - 12pm. Giveaways | Games | Music | Free Haircuts & Styles | FUN!

  2. Community Outreach and Crusade Event, 720 W. 15th Ave., Gary, August 16 from 9am – 2pm, activities for children and adults, school supply distribution. Click here for more information.

  3. Victory Overcomers Outreach Ministry's Annual Youth Explosion: Youth S.W.A.G., 4400 Delaware St., Gary, August 16 from 11am – 2pm. School supplies will be  given away.

  4. Jerusalem M.B. Church's Back-to-School Rally featuring Summer Youth Community Choir at 1747 Fillmore St., Gary on August 16 at 6pm.

  5. 6th District Back-to-School Festival at Pittman Square Park on August 23 from 10am - 2pm. Hosted by School Board President Rosie Washington. For more information, call 219-682-4566.

  6. Back to School Jamboree at Progressive Community Church, 656 Carolina St., Gary on August 23 from 11am - 1pm. Food | Giveaways | Backpacks | Horse Rides | FUN!!! For more information, call 219-682-4566.

  7. 4th Annual Back-to-School Jump-off at Gateway Park, 400 Massachusetts St., Gary on August 30 from 11am - 5pm. FREE School Supplies | Bank Accounts for Kids | Food | Face Painting | Turn Up All Youth Gospel Fest | MORE!!! For more information, call 312-620-0059.

  8. Back to School Jamboree, hosted by King Milans Barbershop, 3400 Broadway, Gary on September 6 at 8:30am.

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:

    • 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.

City/Township Offerings   (back to menu)

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

  2. 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 gary.in.us.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 gary.in.us, 3) Download the City of Gary 311 app and report it there. Visit this link for details and to download the app: http://www.gary.in.us/publicworks/citizen-311-responder.asp

  5. 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. 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.

  2. 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 www.urbanleagueofnwi.org.

  3. 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.

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

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

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

  7. 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 Cintas.jobs.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 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 scorona428@gmail.com

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