The Crisis Center Inc. in Gary has secured a nearly $190,000 federal grant. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services funding will support the center's efforts to provide emergency shelter and other services to runaway and homeless youth. September 29, 2013

News Release

Merrillville, IN – Congressman Pete Visclosky announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children and Families through the Basic Center Program awarded $186,798.00 to the Crisis Center Inc. located in Gary, Indiana.

“The continued efforts by the Crisis Center to make a positive difference and improve the quality of life for the youth of Northwest Indiana is truly inspirational and should be recognized,” said Congressman Pete Visclosky. “This funding will support their approach in taking the necessary proactive steps to continue making a positive impact in the lives of many young people.”

About the Crisis Center:

The Crisis Center has been providing emergency shelter and other services to runaway and homeless youth since 1976. Its Alternative House is the only program in Lake County, and its adjoining counties, that provides emergency shelter for youth who are not in the child welfare system and who may believe their circumstances may be as such that remaining in existing living conditions does not appear to be a healthy alternative. Crisis Center has become a valuable resource to those in need of safe, immediate shelter and other services.

Currently, Crisis Center provides outreach through 395 Safe Place sites in Lake and Porter Counties. Additionally, it serves more than 300 homeless children a year, for up to 20 days, and offers 20 beds for boys and girls ages 10 to 18. While Crisis Center addresses the immediate need for shelter, it also provides group and family counseling aimed at resolving problems and ultimately returning its charges to their homes. For more information the website to the Crisis Center is Office of Congressman Pete Visclosky

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