Jacob's Ladder looking for new home

2014-05-04T00:00:00Z 2014-05-04T00:07:05Z Jacob's Ladder looking for new homeJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

SOUTH HAVEN | Jacob's Ladder is looking for a new home.

The nonprofit pediatric rehabilitation center would like to spread out a bit; enable itself to offer services to more special needs children and expand programming to the community.

Administrative Assistant Liz Mayo said ideally they'd like to find a building with more than 5,000 square feet, either new construction or something suitable for remodeling. 

"The ideal location is in Portage, because Portage is the place for the greatest need," said Mayo.

Jacob's Ladder, which began 16 years ago in Portage, is now located in South Haven.

Through the center, therapists offer occupational, speech and physical therapy to over 160 youngsters. They are also part of Indiana First Steps, seeing some 300 patients, up to the age of three years, twice a week in their homes.

The group also recently helped start up a similar pediatric rehabilitation facility in Warsaw. After shepherding the process, said Mayo, Joe's Kids is an independent nonprofit rehabilitation center.

Mayo said they would like to find a location that would house a therapeutic pool, gym and larger therapy room.

She said the service continues to grow and by having a larger facility, they would be able to assist more children in the area. They would also be able to expand and are considering new programs that would involve special needs students from Portage High School and if they could find a location with a pool, are considering offering therapeutic water classes to senior citizens.

Mayo said anyone interested can donate to Jacob's Ladder via their web site at jacobskids.org or through the May 6 Give Local day in Porter County.

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