SHARE Foundation is a not-for-profit organization serving the residential, vocational, and social needs of mentally challenged or other-abled adults. Sharing Meadows is a beautiful 185-acre community which provides a tranquil place for other-abled adults to live, work, and relax in peace and dignity. There, the unique gifts of each individual are recognized and appreciated, as they are able to focus on what they are able to do.
Serving over 300 families a month in six counties, Dunebrook is a Parent Resource and Child Advocacy Center serving expectant families and families with children from birth to age 17. Dunebrook supports parents and children by providing free and confidential home visitation, parenting classes and playgroups helping them raise happier, healthier, safer children. Free services include support with specific parenting skills, life coping strategies, stress management, effective discipline tools and more. Additionally, their Child Advocacy Center supports victims of child abuse and their families.
The Court Appointed Youth Advocate (CAYA) Program seeks to reach every youth who is adjudicated delinquent in order to reduce the probability of reoffending by working directly with them. CAYA’s mission is to support the best interest of those youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system due to delinquent acts by promoting intervention services and providing a positive mentor. The Juvenile Magistrate appoints a youth advocate to assist in concerns of adolescents who have been adjudicated delinquent. The advocate acts as an additional support to all involved with the youth at this time and promotes better choices and personal growth.
The CASA Program of La Porte County speaks up for children who have been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. Imagine the experience of children who are removed from their homes because the people responsible for protecting them have not. These children find themselves in a world filled with social workers, lawyers, judges and courtrooms where life-altering decisions are made on their behalf.
CASA volunteers are court appointed, trained and committed adults who ensure that each child's individual needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child's family, teachers, doctors, care-givers and anyone else involved in the child's life to help the judge decide what's best for the child. For children who've been abused or neglected, CASA means having a home instead of feeling lost, and being a priority instead of feeling invisible.
The Swanson Activity Center for Older Adults provides educational and recreational programs and activities for seniors 55+. It serves as a centralized meeting place for senior citizens in the City of LaPorte and the surrounding community.
The Veterans Treatment Court is a problem solving court focused on addressing the needs of Veterans in the criminal justice system. The Veterans Treatment Court will accept defendants that have served, or are serving in the military, that have no criminal history or similar offenses prior to enlistment, and whose criminal activity can be linked to military service.
Similar to drug treatment and mental health courts, a Veterans Treatment Court utilizes a team-centered approach to address the needs of veterans who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system. This approach involves the cooperation and collaboration of traditional stakeholders found in drug treatment and mental health courts with the addition of representatives from The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans support organizations and peer mentors.