INDIANAPOLIS | Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center Inc. has been chosen to receive a Capacity Building Coaching grant from the Indiana Youth Institute to help better its services to children and the community.

Jacob’s Ladder in Valparaiso is one of 13 organizations across the state chosen to receive a grant. The agency offers occupational, physical and speech therapies for children.

“Jacob’s Ladder is preparing to add programming and move to a larger facility in the future,” said Mariann Frigo, executive director of the organization. “This grant will allow us to serve many more children that are currently on our waiting list. Jacob’s Ladder usually has a waiting list for all therapies. Additionally, many families are forced to travel weekly to Chicago or Indianapolis for services not immediately available in Northwest Indiana.”

Jacob’s Ladder has identified program, fund and partner development as needs to be addressed through the grant. As part of the grant, consultants will be matched with agency staff and board members to develop strategies and implement best practices so the organization can best deliver services that will positively affect the lives of children.

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“Youth-serving nonprofits often need assistance recruiting volunteers, raising money and strengthening their internal operations,” said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. “This grant will help youth-serving organizations improve and enhance the life-impacting services they provide to children and youth.”

As part of the grant, Jacob’s Ladder will receive up to 150 hours of professional consulting from IYI to increase the effectiveness of the organization.

Other recipients include Gary Life Education Initiative Inc. in Gary and Dunebrook in Michigan City.

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