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

Dated Offerings   (back to menu)

  1. The Juneteenth Celebration by Healthy Start will host a mobile dentist unit (Smile Care Indiana), several informational booths, free give-aways, entertainment, refreshments at the Gary Neighborhood Services Center, 300 West 21st Avenue, Gary, IN, June 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  2. THE ART OF KOMBUCHA: *Free* 45min Workshop, June 20 at 4:30p.m. Learn about the health benefits of Kombucha Tea. A special presenter will be showing us the art of making Kombucha. You will have an opportunity to taste a variety of flavors and learn how to make it at home; 3850 Grant Street, Gary, IN - R.S.V.P. to Le fountain Health Institute - 219.885.9236

  3. St. John Spiritual church will be feeding the homeless on June 21 from 2pm to 5pm at 1921 W. 45th Ave, Gary, IN. Everyone is welcome to come and receive a hot meal.

  4. Community Baby Shower, sponsored by the Lake County Minority Health Coalition. Chance to win a car seat, crib, and much more! All expecting and new moms will receive a FREE baby gift pack. June 21 from 10:00am-11:00am, at Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 E. 35th Ave., Gary. RSVP: (219) 885-9575, Betty Hamlin.

  5. The Fuller Center for Housing of Gary will be building 2 new homes and renovating 2 homes in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Jackson Street in August. And they are looking for volunteers. Learn more about this opportunity June 25 at 6:00pm at Van Buren Missionary Baptist Church, 2585 Van Buren Street, Gary. RSVP: (219) 884-5804.

  6. First District Community Meeting, June 27 from 5:30 pm – 6:30pm, City Hall, Council Chambers, Gary.

  7. Grandparents’ Conference, First AME Church, Baber Youth Center, 2005 Mass. St., June 28 from 9am – 3pm

  8. Christ Baptist Church clothing distribution, June 28 from 11:00 am – 2:00pm, 4700 E. 7th Avenue, Gary.

  9. 10th Annual Clean Water Celebration at Marquette Park, June 28 from 11:00am-4:00pm. Canoeing, Biking, Hiking... | Creative Arts, Beach Safety, Fishing Education... | Youth Outdoor Games, Informational Booths... | Water Quality Presentations and more! And... it's FREE!

  10. City of Gary Independence Day Parade, July 4, 9:00a.m.

  11. Free School & Sport Physicals and Health Screenings for Youth & Parents, provided by Community HealthNet Tuesdays 4pm-6pm at the following NWI Boys & Girls Club locations:
    • Lake Station, July 22
    • East Chicago, July 29
    • East Chicago, August 5
    • Hammond, August 12
    Registration forms now available at your local Boys & Girls Club.

  12. 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.

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.

  2. Summer Food Service Program for children 18 years and younger, June 16-August 1; Breakfast served 9:00am-10:00am; Lunch served 11:30am-1:00pm. There will be activities for the children between breakfast and lunch. Come at 9:00am, stay until 1:00pm. Clark Road Baptist Church, 2841 Clark Road, Gary. (219) 944-8110 or (219) 742-0015.

  3. The Youth Services Bureau and Parks-sponsored camps begin June 16th and end August 1st. An all-boys camp (Raise the BAR) will be held at Brunswick Park, the GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) camp will take place at Reed Park and Summer Jam camps will take place at Glen Ryan, Cafe 839, and Ironwood Park. All camps will feature breakfast provided by the Foodbank of NWI and lunch provided by the YSB and Parks. Summer feeding and activities will also take place at Pachter Park, Borman Square Park, Buffington Park and Tolleston. For more information, click here or contact Cecelia Garmon or Patricia Covington at (219) 881-5270.

  4. Registration is now open for students, pre-school through 12th grade to sign up for the Gary Public Library’s Summer Reading Program at all locations. The Summer Reading Program runs from June 16 through July 26.

  5. Math & Reading Enrichment Summer Program: June 16-July 18, 8:00am-12:00pm. Trinity Baptist Church, 1831 Virginia Street, Gary. For students who struggled with standardized testing (ISTEP, IREAD, ECA) or need to be challenged at a higher level. Contact Montia Gardner for more information: (219) 629-1362.

  6. Young Picasso’s Summer Art Classes sponsored by the Parks Department through June 16-August 6, Reed Park, 1400 Pennsylvania Street, Gary, Mondays & Wednesdays from 9am – 2pm. Call Leslie at (219) 886-7099 for details.

  7. Asia's Dance Factory Summer Camp 2014 for kids 3-6yrs, June 23rd-July 25th, 9am-12pm, Mon-Fri., at Hudson & Campbell Fitness Center, 455 Mass. St. Hip-Hop | Ballet | Turns & Leaps. Registration forms are online!

  8. Summer Enrichment Program for Learning (for ages 6-14), June 23-July 25, sponsored by the Gary Historic and Cultural Society. Click here or call (219) 902-0524 for details. Free classes, lunch and field trips!

  9. Solomon Dye Youth Leadership Institute (for 9th through 12th graders), July 21-24, at the former Boys & Girls Club location, now Bethel Church City Life Center, on 5th and Adams Street in Gary. Graduates of the Institute become official members of the Gary Youth Leadership Council. Program is FREE. Click here for more information.

  10. Clark Road Summer Camp, July 21-August 1, 2841 Clark Road, Gary. Art | Crafts | Science | Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Prevention Education | Computer Time | Reading | Math | Character Building | Board Games | WII | Lead Group | Field Trips | Tee Shirt | Fun. Call (219) 944-8110 or (219) 742-0015 for more info.

  11. Solomon Dye Youth Leadership Camp (for 5th through 8th graders), July 22-24, at the former Boys & Girls Club location, now Bethel Church City Life Center, on 5th and Adams Street in Gary. Graduates of the Institute become official members of the Gary Youth Leadership Council. Program is FREE. Click here for more information.

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:

    • June 21 - Renaissance Towers (524 Michigan St.), Hammond

    • June 25 - Salvation Army (513 W. Chicago Ave.), East Chicago

    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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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:

  4. 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. The Gary Parks Department is hiring lifeguards for the summer. Those who are interested in applying should call Lori Peterson-Latham at (219) 886-7099.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 Offerings   (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.

    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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