Gary Neighborhood Services, Inc.
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Community Center Space Provision

Provides space at the GNS-Wesson Community Center for a variety of meeting and events for families and community groups.

Tenants at the GNS-Wesson Community Center

  • WIC Program for Young Mothers/Pregnant Women - The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is a Federal grant program which serves pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, infants and children by providing nutrition counseling, education and checks to be redeemed for nutritious food at designated grocery stores. WIC has been operating at the Wesson Center since 1985.

  • Healthy Start - A Federal initiative to reduce the infant mortality rate in communities and improve the health and well-being of women, children and their families. The program provides prenatal care, promotes positive prenatal health behaviors, meets basic health needs such as nutrition and housing, reduces barriers to access and enables client empowerment.

  • Gary Community Improvement Association - The GCIA supports student development, helps parents and students with tutorial requests with supplemental education services, and helps parents understand the No Child Left Behind and School Coice initatives. The Association holds community forms regarding parent and student development, provides research and development idetifying expanded curricula for students, and has developed the Parent Leadership Council and Parent Outreach Center.

  • Indiana Resource Center (IN*SOURCE) - This organization provides information, training and support to individuals with diasbilities and their families. Their goal is to provide parents, families and service providers in Indiana the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities.

  • Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) - This is a national program designed to educate minority communities on facts about organ and tissue transplantation and increase minority participation in organ/tissue transplant endeavors including signing organ donor cards. Their mission is to decrease the number and rate of minority Americans needing organ and tissue transplants and create healthier life styles and behavioral patterns.

  • The Kiddie Caboose, Inc. - Kiddie Caboose provides services for deaf children and their families. Services include free tutorial programs to assist in academic subjects and building sign language vocabulary, youth leadership classes to enhance leadership skills and develop interpersonal communication skills, mentoring children in helping them to overcome barriers and access community resources, and workshops addressing prevention of fire hazards, substance abuse, deaf technologies and ADA regulations.

  • Preventive Dental - Free dental screenings are available to children ages 1-10 years old. The service is provided in conjunction wiht the Gary Health Department and is designed for famlies who have difficulty accessing dental care due to scheduling or transportation problems, with the Wesson Center providing an ideal centralized location. Screenings include a dental examination, teeth cleaning and a fluoride treatment.

  • Northwest Indiana Child Care Development Fund Programs(CCDF)

    CCDF is a federal program tht assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining childcare so they can work, attend training, or continue education. The purpose of CCDF is to increase the availability and affordability of childcare.

    Families must reside in Lake County (IN) and eligible children must be under the age of 13 years old. Eligible children 13-18 years of age must receive SSI for a disability or have a current school year IEP.