HOBART | After almost 50 years in Gary, TradeWinds Services Inc. has completed its long-anticipated move to Hobart. The rehabilitation agency, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities, is charting a new course in the recently-renovated facility at 3198 E. 83rd Place.
An open house will be scheduled later this year.
The 55,000-square-foot building was purchased and donated to TradeWinds by an anonymous donor in 2012, and underwent an extensive, nine-month renovation to accommodate the TradeWinds programs and make the building fully compliant with state and federal regulatory requirements.
“This new location is essential to achieving several strategic goals,” said Jon Gold, TradeWinds CEO. “We are able to expand our outreach, since we are now more centrally located in Northwest Indiana and easily accessible from Interstate 65 and U.S. 30. This visible, populated commercial district will also create employment opportunities for our consumers and open doors to more business and agency partnerships for TradeWinds.”
TradeWinds’ children’s programs consist of child care for children of all abilities ages 6 weeks to 13 years, after-school care for youth 6 to 13, and summer camp for youth 5 to 16.
For adults with disabilities, there are day activity programs, pre-vocational training, supported living and respite services, and group home residential living opportunities. The Work Solutions program provides adults of differing abilities individualized assistance to prepare for, obtain and retain employment.
In addition to therapeutic and rehabilitative services, TradeWinds Industries programs include Contract Sewing for the U.S. military, Contract Packaging and Assembly, Secure Computer Destruction and Recycling, and TradeWinds Signs, a full-service sign shop.
“We had 50 great years in Gary,” said Gold. “But our building was aging and the estimates for repairs were approximately $4 million. At that projected level of investment, we created a team of key staff and board members to examine all options and set goals that would maximize the number of families served while making best use of the funds required.”
After months of extensive research, the current site was selected.
Plans to expand programs are in motion and, as of Jan. 1, Deaf Services joined the TradeWinds family. “This is all part of our ‘Doing More’ strategy,” said Gold, “which is our pledge to the community and residents of Northwest Indiana to better serve their needs. “
The “Doing More” initiative is also the theme of the TradeWinds first-ever capital campaign, intended to raise $3.5 million in three years to retire the debt from the construction loan to renovate the Hobart building as well as create a fund for future repairs and upgrades.
“TradeWinds has always been debt-free and we would prefer that our funding be directed where it is most needed. . . rather than debt service,” Gold said.
For further information on programs and services, call (219) 945-0100, ext. 332 or visit www.tradewindsnwi.org.