Project Spotlight Nominees - Steuben County

Steuben County

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Angola VFW Post 7205 - Dedicated to serving our Veterans both old and new.

Cahoots Coffee Cafe - Cahoots is a great non-profit organization. They do so many great things for the community. It's a place for children to come and hang-out and have a good time. The staff is always available to help with homework or to talk about any problems. They hold community events and also have free dinners and clubs anyone is eligible to join! You can go there to enjoy the colorful, fun, and safe atmosphere.

Compassion Pregnancy Centers of Northeast Indiana - We, Compassion Pregnancy Centers of Northeast Indiana (CPCNI), have a mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ for the preservation of life, sexual purity, and healing from abortion for all women, men, their born and unborn. CPCNI offers free pregnancy testing with options counseling. There is an Earn While You Learn incentive program that merits can be earned by taking classes on pregnancy and parenting. The merits can be exchanged in the on site store for baby items from diapers and wipes to new cribs and carseats.

Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana (DSANI) - The Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by Down syndrome, advocate on their behalf, provide information and support to families and professionals, and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in northeast Indiana.  Today, DSANI represents people with Down syndrome and their families in the eleven counties surrounding Fort Wayne, Indiana, maintains a database of over 600 supporters, and provides support and resources to more than 170 member families and professionals, including: member email alerts, a quarterly newsletter, an Annual Report, special events (Tin Caps games, Komets, Mad Ants, Zoo Outing, and more coming every year), annual holiday parties, the Infant – Toddler Playgroup (Birth to age 5), Buddy Club Activites (ages 6-12), the Friendship Club (ages 13-21), activities for Self Advocates (22 and over), access to Camp Red Cedar, Educational Seminars, the D.A.D.S. group to fathers of individuals with Down syndrome, advocacy on public policy that affects individuals with Down syndrome, and outreach to new and expectant parents.

Project Help - Project Help is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by Steuben County Ministerial Association that helps under- resourced people take steps in the right direction toward self sufficiency. Project Help serves approximately 2500 families annually with short tem needs and referrals to other social service agencies.  We serve the community with TEFAP and monthly supplemental food, distribution of clothing, household items, furniture, bedding, and appliances.  We offer Second Chance Resale Store where most items are sold for $2 each. This resale store empowers people with fixed incomes who don't want items for free, but can't afford department store prices. We also offer the Community Harvest Farm Wagon every Wednesday to all who wish to come and receive.  Along with our monthly assistance, Project Help also has other programs it implements throughout the year. We supply required school supplies to help kids start the year off right.  We also give holiday dinner baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. We also offer Christmas assistance in collaboration with Toys for Tots and Cops for Kids where gifts are provided to registered children who wouldn't have any Christmas presents.  Our CAPS (Christmas Adoption Program Steuben) matches families in need with agencies, churches, clubs and organizations that wish to adopt families at Christmas.   Our Self Sufficiency Program helps families with more individualized needs such as obtaining birth certificates, SNAP issues, Federal Student Aid, any federal, state or veteran's benefits, registering citizens to vote and help with job placement. If we are chosen for Project Spotlight, it will improve our ability to serve the under-privileged families and children from the community.

Steuben County 4-H Program - Steuben County 4-H provides hands-on educational opportunities for youth in which youth can select their area(s) of focus.  The 4-H program builds youth capacity by empowering young people to reach their full potential and helping them explore career opportunities.  Youth showcase all they have learned throughout the year at our annual 4-H fair at the Steuben County 4-H Fairgrounds.  The fairgrounds, however, are not compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).  In order to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for all during the fair and at other activities that take place at different times throughout the year, it is necessary to revamp the fairgrounds.  Because the fairgrounds sit on the bowl of Crooked Lake, there are currently three levels.  It is imperative that all activities take place on one level with paved walks and handicap accessbile facilities.  Many of our current facilities are not salvageable, so our goal is to raise new buildings in order to showcase youth education and develop life skills for youth at other 4-H activities held on the grounds.

Steuben County Crime Stoppers - Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that is designed to involve the community in assisting Law Enforcement in obtaining information for current or past criminal activity.  The board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month.  The board consists of various people in the community and we attempt to have someone on the board from all areas of the County.  There is one Law Enforcement Officer that serves as a Liaison between the board and Law Enforcement.  The liaison does not have a vote on the board.  Crime Stoppers is the only program in Steuben County, which gives people an avenue to give information to Law Enforcement where they can remain totally anonymous.  People are concerned that if they have to give their name, or phone number to police agencies that they will be retaliated against by the suspect.  At the end of every year the statistics are reviewed, and suggestions are discussed on various ways to improve the program.

Steuben County Literacy Coalition/REAL MEN READ - REAL Men Read is a group of gentlemen from the Steuben County area that are go into second grade classrooms for 18 weeks during the school year and read to the students.  They are looking to raising money so the students (about 350) can have a book at the end of the program for their own libraries.  We have been doing to program for 3 years.

Women In Transition - Women In Transition Women In Transition(WIT) provides a recovery home for women struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction.  Our mission is to provide a drug and alcohol free community that allows women to establish a 12-Step foundation to ensure continuing recovery.    We can provide a safe place along with all of their basic needs in a structured environment to teach them how to live life one day at a time.

YMCA of Steuben County - The YMCA of Steuben County is the area's leading non-profit in the areas of healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development.  Every day, we take on the challenges that will share our community's future- challenges like childhood obesity, and the diabetes epidemic.  Our goal is "A Stronger Community". Together with our 4,000 members, over 50 volunteers, and our friends and partners throughout the community, we make Steuben County and the surrounding areas stronger by focusing on our three priorities: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.  Through our youth programing we are able to help young people develop self-esteem, character values and leadership qualities by providing innovated and nurturing programs that focus on character building and core values.  We strive to improve the community's health and well-being by encouraging healthy living. We do this by addressing childhood obesity and chronic diseases among children and adults while supporting their physical, intellectual and spiritual growth.  Social Responsibility is an area we focus on because we believe in giving back and providing support for our neighbors. Instilling and ethic of volunteerism by providing opportunities for Steuben County and the surrounding areas to give back and serve their community helps us to further our cause of building "A Stronger Community".  Because we believe everyone has the power to make their lives and community better we open our doors to all- no matter who they are, where they come from, or their financial situation. Last year we were able to provide over $50,000 in scholarship memberships. And with the help of the community we hope to be able to provided even more in 2014! 

 

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