Ripples of hope

Campagna continues mission with more than "a little help from its' friends"

2013-08-30T00:00:00Z 2013-09-03T19:05:07Z Campagna continues mission with more than "a little help from its' friends"By Elena Dwyre Times Columnist
August 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

One of Campagna Academy’s greatest qualities is that we continue to strive to improve services and quality of care through innovation and growth. With a growing customer base, the commitment to our mission of restoring hope and building dreams for youth and their families remains unchanged, yet re-ignited.

At Campagna, we don’t work alone. Improving the quality of life for our youth is only possible through valued partnerships with our state, county, and city governments, other nonprofit agencies, community foundations, civic organizations, educational institutions, local businesses, and volunteers. By working together, we are able to make a powerful and positive impact in our community’s economic status – and more importantly – in the lives of at-risk youth.

I encourage you to search Campagna’s website – - and learn about our many partners. In our articles, newsletters and annual reports, you may read about the unique ways local businesses, organizations, and individuals have supported our mission.

With the generous support of donors and community foundations, we have been able to fund services that directly impact the well-being of children and youth to improve their overall quality of care. These are just a few examples of the tremendous difference your support can make in the lives of at-risk youth and their families:

  • John W. Anderson Foundation – GWAF funding renovated a cottage on our campus, including installation of individual showers/remodeling of bathrooms in order to serve youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities in our new I/DD program. Other benefits included a security system, two, time-released doors, and fencing.
  • Crown Point Community Foundation - Thanks to CPCF, Campagna was able to add carpeting to one of our cottages to reduce the noise level - an important therapeutic addition for the population with disabilities. A team of 20 volunteers from World Changers donated their time to lay the carpet in preparation for our I/DD program.
  • Lake County Substance Abuse Council - A grant subsidized the salary for a dual position in our Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program  for Campagna’s Clinical Manager of our Intensive Outpatient Program/Therapist.
  • Wal-Mart Foundation - This grant helped to fund Campagna’s third snnual Foster Care Conference. Board members Jeanne and Gene Wease donated the remainder of funds needed so the conference could be fully funded.

Campagna would not have its remarkable history – or such a bright future – without community support and a dedicated and compassionate board and staff. Campagna staff, in particular those on the "front lines" in direct care, help youth recognize their potential and the opportunities available.

As we continue to build and shape Campagna for the future, we do so with a long-standing track record of providing quality, life-enhancing care to hundreds of youth and their families. My sincere thanks to all of you who have helped our youth restore hope and build dreams.

Elena Dwyre, MS, LSW is CEO of Campagna Academy in Schererville. Contact her at or (219) 322-8614, or visit for more information. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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