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.
Community Bulletin Board
Opportunities and events being offered in the community:
- The City of Gary is doing its part to help by hosting an Affordable Health Care Enrollment Fair Saturday, March 8 at the Genesis Convention Center from 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
- Youth Symposium and College Fair, March 8 at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, 3401 W. 5th Ave., Gary, 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
- Gary Shakespeare Company Auditions, March 8 at 500 S. Lake St., Gary, 1pm – 5:30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- Discussion to extend the South Shore line, March 10 at the Avalon Manor, 3550 E. US30, Merrillville, 6pm - 8pm.
- Spring Preview Night, March 11 at Indiana University Northwest in the Savannah Center, 3400 Broadway, Gary, 5:30pm. High school students, adult learners and other students of all ages and interests are invited to speak with faculty members, learn about campus groups and programs, tour the campus, and attend a financial aid presentation.
- Indiana Criminal Expungement Informational Forum, March 15 at Ophelia Steen Center, 5927 Columbia Ave., Hammond, 2pm. Call (219) 427-6883 for details.
- Youth March for Change, March 22 from Roosevelt High School to the steps of City Hall, Gary, 9am - 11am.
- Art in Motion Gala, hosted by ARISE on March 29 at JWA Boys and Girls Club, 2700 W. 19th Ave., Gary, 2p – 6pm.
- FREE Stuff: Clothing, Furniture, TVs, Kitchen Appliances (e.g., microwaves), even Medical Supplies.
- 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.
- Pantry on the Go is a program where the NWI Food Bank loads up its truck and goes into underserved communities to set up a temporary food pantry. 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.
The Pantry on the Go takes place each month, and stops in all towns served by McDonald’s in Northwest Indiana. Upcoming Pantry stops include:
All distributions take place from 3-5pm Central Time. Recipients only need to bring valid proof of residency. Food is served on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
- Valparaiso at the Village Park and Enrichment Center at Banta (605 Beech St.) on Monday, March 25th
- Michigan City at the American Legion (121 Skwait Legion) on Monday, April 1st
- Munster on Monday, April 8th (location to be determined)
- Hobart at the Elk’s Lodge (3580 W. 61st) on Monday, April 15th
- Portage at the Duneland Falls Banquet and Meeting Center (1100 N. Max Mochal Highway) on Monday, April 22nd
- Whiting on Monday, April 29th (location to be determined)
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.
- 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:
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.
Clients working for assistance.
To apply for service, click here. Or contact their offices at:
- 5947 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, Indiana 46320
- 2105 Broadway Street
East Chicago, Indiana 46312
Click here for a list of family services providers in the Township area.
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- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.