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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. Christ Baptist will host a Neighborhood Food Distribution at 4700 E. 7th Avenue, Gary, on July 26 at 10am. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

  2. There will be a Divine Mandate food & clothing giveaway at Zion Progressive Church, 1169 Connecticut St., Gary, on July 26 from 11am - 2pm.

  3. The Indiana Expungement Information Forum will take place at Indiana University Northwest, Savannah Center, 3400 Broadway, Gary, on July 26 from 2pm - 4pm. For further information, click here or contact Bennie Muhammad at 219-880-2284.

  4. A Seminar on Landlord-Tenant Laws, hosted by the Gary Human Relations Commission, will take place at 839 Broadway, 1st Floor, Gary, on July 31 from 5pm – 7pm. For further information, click here.

  5. IU Northwest opens fall enrollment for Adult Education classes. Register in August for career development, business, computers and even line dancing. For further information, click here or contact Sandra Hall Smith at (219) 980-6978.

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

  7. Community/Church Picnic in the Christ United Methodist Church parking lot, 201 W. Ridge Road, Gary, on August 2 from 10am – 3pm. Fun for children and adults, informational material from various agencies will be distributed.

  8. Fort Building Contest. Bring your family to the nature play zone located near the Douglas Center on August 3 for a friendly fort building contest between 10-3 pm. Natural materials furnished with small prizes to be given. Contact (219) 395-1821 for further information.

  9. Coffee with the Mayor at McDonald’s, 35th & Grant, Gary, on August 5 from 8am – 9am.

  10. National Night Out - dedicated to Officer Westfield. An opportunity for the community to come together with a message of anti-violence and drug prevention at Froebel Park, 15th & Madison, Gary, on August 5 from 6pm – 9pm. Giveaways | Games | Music | Movies in the Park | Food | Vendors | Voter Registration | Safety Tips | Fingerprinting | K-9 Demonstrations | FUN!

  11. A Seminar on Landlord-Tenant Laws, hosted by the Gary Human Relations Commission, will take place at 839 Broadway, 1st Floor, Gary, on August 7 from 4pm – 6pm. For further information, click here.

  12. Jazz in the Park at Gateway Park, 4th & Broadway, Gary, on August 10 from 12pm – 9pm. Hosted by the Greater Gary American Jazz Association and the Gary Parks Department. Free of charge.

  13. Coffee with the Mayor at Jonathan’s, 6141 Melton Rd., Gary, on August 12 from 8am – 9am.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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.

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

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

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

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

  28. Parade for Education, hosted by the Gary Community School Corporation, on September 20.

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. 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.

  5. 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.

Back-to-School   (back to menu)

  1. 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:
    • East Chicago, July 29
    • East Chicago, August 5
    • Hammond, August 12
    Registration forms now available at your local Boys & Girls Club.

  2. 5th Annual Citywide Health Fair in the First AME Church parking lot, 2045 Massachusetts Street, Gary, on August 2 from 10am – 2pm. Free Health Screening and School Physicals. Free School Uniforms for the First 150 Children. Face Painting. Lots of Fun and Prizes. Grilled Hot Dogs. Children Must Be Present.

  3. The C.H.A.S.E. Back-to-School Health Fair will take place at the Genesis Convention Center, Gary, on August 6 from 10am – 2pm. Immunizations, physicals, and dental screenings will be provided. School supplies will also be provided. There will be health and nutritional information available, as well as onsite enrollment for health coverage. For further information (e.g., what documents you need to bring for services), contact (219) 886-8980.

  4. Froebel Picnic / African-American Achievers Back-to-School Picnic at Froebel Park, 15th & Madison, Gary, on August 9 from 12pm – 6pm.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

  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 volunteer 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. 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.

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

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

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

  6. Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a regulated gas and electric provider wholly owned by NiSource (NYSE:NI), has job opportunities in its northwest Indiana (greater Chicago area) corporate headquarters. Please go to and apply on or before 8/1/14. Check the end date for each job position because they could vary. Once you have applied for the position send an email to James Petrosekey at and let him know that you have applied for work, name the position (NiSource Inclusion & Diversity) and that you found out about the position because of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

  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

  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.

    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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