HOBART | TradeWinds Services celebrated its grand opening at its new Hobart location Wednesday with the announcement of a $1 million donation from James W. Dye.
Dye is a former TradeWinds board president and campaign co-chair, a role his son, James R. Dye, now holds.
“We’ve got to get this bird paid off," said James W. Dye, who remains a board member. “With the help of the community, I think we can do it.”
In recognition of the donation, the TradeWinds youth center will be known as the James & Betty Dye Youth Center.
In October, TradeWinds announced plans to move from its Gary location of five decades to its new location at the former AmeriClean building at 3198 E. 83rd Place in Hobart.
The decision to move was made because the cost to fix and maintain the Gary location was estimated at about $1.5 million.
“We hope this building lasts us for another five decades,” James R. Dye said. “We run a great operation, but it’s imperative we pay off our mortgage in order to provide these services and expand these services into this community. Even though we do have quite a large amount of support to get this building to where we are today, we still owe quite a bit of money.”
TradeWinds' building campaign goal is $3.5 million. With the donation, the organization has more than $1.6 million.
Speakers at the opening celebration included U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, TradeWinds board member State Sen. Ed Charbonneau and Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor.
Snedecor said the opening of the new facility is an exciting day not just for his city but for the region because of the services it provides.
Jon Gold, CEO of TradeWinds, said it was a big move.
“We’re excited about the next 50 years,” he said.
TradeWinds provides a variety of services to children and adults with disabilities, including child care, adult day training, residential services and employment services.