Nazareth Home director committed to children and community

2014-03-30T00:00:00Z 2014-04-16T17:39:21Z Nazareth Home director committed to children and communityContributed by Eric Osborn, Purdue University Calumet communications student nwitimes.com

EAST CHICAGO | From caring for medically compromised children to public appearances and fundraising efforts, Nazareth Home director and foster mother Jean Bowman finds her schedule rather busy.

Recently, she discussed the challenges of caring for children with medical issues, drug addiction and the nature of care at a Munster Rotary Club meeting.

“This is a one-of-a-kind facility,” said Bowman of the Nazareth Home. "The children in our care have special needs and usually come from traumatic beginnings. Our staff is very committed to get(ting) them on a healthy and loving track."

The Nazareth Home, a licensed foster home in East Chicago, provides individual 24-hour care to children ages infant to 6 that are referred by the Indiana Department of Child Services of Lake County. Many of the children are medically compromised and many are born addicted to drugs, alcohol or victimized.

"We rely on our wonderful staff, volunteers and community donations to help us provide our children with a stable and loving environment," Bowman said.

Bowman took over as director three years ago and has dedicated her life to "my children." Last month, she was recognized as one of four leaders of Healthy East Chicago’s 2013 Pillars of the Community, an honor bestowed on those who have impacted their community.

During her visit to the Rotary Club, Bowman discussed the need and importance of fundraising and volunteer efforts, which she said "is a crucial part of the survival of the home."

The Nazareth Home takes donations of formula, diapers, wipes, clothes, gift cards and monetary gifts at www.NazarethHome.com.

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