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North Township Trustee

Government
Baby Needs

Provide baby need assistance up to 24 months for families living in (Hammond, East Chicago, Whiting, Munster and Highland)

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Hanover Township Trustee

Government
Back Packs/ Supplies (for school age children)

Cedar Lake residents can sign up at the office or by calling 219-374-7443. If their children are in need of back packs for school.

Monday-Thursday
Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Moms Taking Charge/Healthy East Chicago/Fitness Center

Non-profit
Case Management - Single Parents

Single parent family only Can accept only up to 10% outside of East Chicago Residents

Monday-Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Geminus

Nonprofit
Circle Around Families

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Family & Parent Resources

Geminus

Nonprofit
Community Partners

24-Hour Hotline - 866-641-7181 We listen No one knows your family as well as you, so our trained counselors listen to everyone in the family to determine where the problems are and the best way to help you deal with them. We also work with you to identify your family’s strengths, so you can become more resilient and build the capacity to cope. We look at ways to expand your social network, so you have a broader base of parenting support and the skills to successfully advocate the needs of your family. We support Our purpose is to help your family members help each other. We don’t tell you what to do. Instead, we work with you to help you figure out the best plan for yourself. Our counselors find agencies, professionals, support groups and assistance programs to help you reach your goals. These programs may include job counseling, parenting classes, and advice on how to make better use of the community services that can keep your family healthy, happy and together. We find help As part of our service to you, we help you access programs offered within our community – whether it’s professional counseling, a support group, or childcare. We work with churches, faith-based organizations, and other provider organizations and ensure that these resources are in keeping with your family’s culture as well as its values. And then, we stay with you to make sure that the requirements needed to access these services do not overwhelm your family. We help you help yourself Every family can run into difficulty. It is just part of being human. But the wonder of families is that by working together, supporting each other, and loving each other, they can come through difficult times stronger than before. Sometimes though, they need a little help to get started in the right direction. We’re here to help point your family in the right direction. Program Requirements Resident of Lake County, Indiana Children under the age of 18 years old in the home No current involvement or open case with the Department of Child Services Not currently receiving services through Healthy Families Families that do not meet the criteria for Health Families participation.

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Regional Mental Health Center

Nonprofit
Families & Divorce: Working It Out

This four-hour educational program is facilitated by professionals from RMHC who have experience working with families in transition. Attendance by both parents is required by the Civil Division of the Lake Superior Court within 60 (sixty) days of filing for divorce for parents of children under age 18. Meeting sites alternate and take place from 6 until 10 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, cash or money order only Advance registration is required. Click here for a printable registration form and for more information. Register by phone at 219-392-6038 or 219-736-7271. Class size is limited; first come, first served until class is filled.

Please call 219-736-7182 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

Family Management 101 (FM101)

FM101 are 1-hour workshops providing families struggling with balancing all of life's responsibilities with tips to get their lives back in balance. FM101 covers the issues parents often have managing work, school, and home responsibilities – with a focus on managing and creating safe, non-toxic living environments in the home for the entire family. FM101 is particularly beneficial for those who have had particular challenges in the past with retaining employment or completing their education due to difficult family situations (e.g., finding reliable and affordable childcare, a family member’s [or their own] health issues, skill and/or education deficiencies, single-parenting, or a lack of structured family backup support systems), or have not been successfully employable. Sessions meet for 4 weeks, 2 days/week for 1 hour (8 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Workshop fees are $20 each. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. If seeking financial assistance, you must set up an appointment to get registered. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income with you.

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Moms Taking Charge/Healthy East Chicago/Fitness Center

Non-profit
Fitness Center Membership

Can accept only up to 10% outside of East Chicago Residents

Monday-Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Mental Health America of NWI

Non-profit
Infant Safe Sleep Education

Program Operates All Year Ideal for prenatal or infants 6 months or younger Participants may only receive one Pack & Play per child Grandparents or other caregivers may attend Please contact: Carol Whitson 219-937-7733 x132 cwhitson@mhanwi.org Classes are held monthly at MHA Main Office in Hammond and St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point.

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

IPI Support Services - FRN

IPI Support Services - Family Resources Navigator (FRN) works one-on-one with families to connect them to needed services and resources (supports) their local community, as needs arise, including Home-Based services, Case Management services, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring services, and Support Groups for those in need of more hands-on assistance. Families may utilize this referral service to expeditiously satisfy immediate needs, or they may work with the FSC to create their own personalized Community Resource Network (CRN)© – which serves as a family’s quick-access directory to needed and/or frequently utilized services and resources in the community that assist with improving quality of life and family wellbeing. This service is free to IPI program participants during their program session, and for up to one (1) year post-program completion. Otherwise, your 1st FRN session is free. Registration is required and is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income with you. Appointments can last up to 1 hour. Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18.

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

IPI Support Services - LifeCoach

IPI Support Services - LifeCoach provides families with one-on-one, face-to-face family- and career-focused support to create and reach family and personal goals. It, in addition, provides them the opportunity to share their concerns, ask questions, and find solutions in a safe space. LifeCoach sessions are by appointment only, and can last up to 1 hour. IPI program participants may schedule up to five (5) 1-hour one-on-one coaching sessions with an IPI LifeCoach during their program session (unless otherwise indicated). Beyond 5 LifeCoach sessions, or post-program, program participants may continue to access this service, but for a nominal fee (sliding-scale). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18.

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

Living Well @Home (LWAH)

LWAH is a parenting and life skills program that trains caregivers how to cultivate healthy family relationships in an orderly, nurturing home environment, and to see their home as the investment it is. LWAH is targeted to families who reside in transitional, permanent (supportive), subsidized, and/or affordable housing. It provides them with the skills and resources needed to identify and create the healthy physical, mental, and emotional environments needed for their families to thrive. Sessions meet for 8 weeks, 2 days/week for 1.5 hours (24 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

Parenting Birth2Eighteen (B2E)

B2E is a parenting and life skills program that builds family resiliency and stability, targeted to families parenting school-aged children, co-parenting, and/or dealing with stressful (even traumatic) circumstances, equipping them with the skills and resources needed to keep their families together and thriving. Sessions meet for 8 weeks, 1 day/week for 2 hours (16 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Moms Taking Charge/Healthy East Chicago/Fitness Center

Non-profit
Parenting Classes

Single parent family only Can accept only up to 10% outside of East Chicago Residents

Monday-Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

Parents Recovering Rebuilding (PRR)

PRR is a substance involvement treatment and recovery program – with a family focus. By addressing substance involvement’s role in one's life as a coping mechanism choice, PRR provides parents working through recovery from addiction (and their families) with the guidance they are seeking to better handle life, with all its ups-and-downs, while keeping their focus on life's manageability and on their capacity – increasing their confidence in their ability to get a handle on things and to effectively address when “life happens” (without resorting to substances). Sessions meet for 10 weeks, 2 days/week for 1.5 hours (30 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

Relationships Matter (RetMa)

RetMa is a life skills program for building and sustaining healthy relationships. It covers the basics of relationships, including Communication, Decision-Making, and Conflict Management, and how healthy relationships are the key to a healthy and successful life. The skills acquired here can be applied towards any relationship. RetMa is for anyone interested in having a healthy relationship with their partner, co-worker, parent(s), sibling(s), neighbor(s), themselves, &/or their children. Sessions meet for 6 weeks, 1 day/week for 1.5 hours (9 hours total). Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Geminus

Nonprofit
Safe Sleep for Lake County IN

If you are currently pregnant and/or the legal guardian of a child that is less than one year old and a Lake County, IN resident, you may be eligible to receive a FREE Pack N' Play Crib for attending Geminus Community Partners Safe Sleep Class. Locations/Dates/Times - Geminus Corporation - September 9th and October 17th - 3:00-4:00pm Calumet Township Trustee - September 18th and October 16th - 9:00-10:00am Circle of Services - September 27th and October 25th - 11:00am-12:00pm **Caregivers must be the legal guardian and be able to provide supporting documentation** To register please call 1-866-641-7181

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Regional Mental Health Center

Nonprofit
School Counseling

We provide services for children and families in their schools by therapists and a case manager. Therapists are on site and involved with children through individual, group and family treatment. They work closely with school staff to address behavioral problems that are interfering with the educational process. Therapists are part of the case conferencing process for children in Special Education.

Please call 219-736-7182 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

The JOY Project (JOY)

JOY is a family strengthening and career skills-building program that builds resiliency in vulnerable families, targeted to “single female parent” families transitioning from crisis living (i.e., homelessness, system dependency, incarceration, substance addiction, and/or partner abandonment) to family self-sufficiency and stability. Sessions meet 1 day/week for 2 hours, and are ongoing. Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
Family & Parent Resources

Northwest Indiana Community Action

Nonprofit
WIC

Please call 219-794-1829 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Moms Taking Charge/Healthy East Chicago/Fitness Center

Non-profit
Workshop

Single parent family only Can accept only up to 10% outside of East Chicago Residents

Monday-Friday
Family & Parent Resources