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Portage Exchange Club contributes to The Caring Place

President Mary Jo Bryan presents a check to The Caring Place Executive Director Mary Beth Schultz on behalf of the Portage Exchange Club.

Schultz spoke at the Portage Exchange Club’s March 23 Breakfast Meeting. She discussed some of the ongoing programs of The Caring Place, which provides a haven for victims of domestic abuse. Besides providing safe shelter in a home-like atmosphere, The Caring Place offers victim advocacy, legal advocacy, sexual and domestic violence support, counseling and programs for youth and children. Two of their youth programs deal with teen dating violence and bullying. All services are provided free of charge.

The Caring Place recently received a grant from the Indiana Coalition and Housing Commission that made it possible to repair or replace the roof, boiler, furnace, air conditioner and windows in the facility. To learn how to help The Caring Place with financial donations, paper supplies or other assistance, call 219-464-0840 and the operator will connect you to the correct person.

For further information about The Caring Place or to receive help, contact the 24-hour Crisis Line at 219-464-2128. Schultz encouraged anyone who knows a victim of domestic violence to share this information.

IU Health La Porte Physicians welcome new supervisor

Indiana University Health La Porte Physicians welcomes Ann Higley as the new clerical supervisor for Founders’ Square.

Higley assumed her role in February, and is responsible for the overall daily operations of the clerical staff and patient services. She handles duties for pediatric, primary care, internal medicine and after hours care medical offices to assure the best possible patient experience. All of these services are located at Founders’ Square, located at 1509 State St. in La Porte.

The Founders’ Square facility holds several medical offices of La Porte Regional Health System and La Porte Regional Physician Network, including laboratory services, Playtime Pediatric Rehabilitation and family care. For more information about the network or employment opportunities, visit www.iuhealth.org/laporte.

Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis serves breakfast to community members

The Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club served pancakes and sausage to over 2400 community members on March 12.  Pictured are Valparaiso Police Department officers enjoying breakfast.

Pictured are some of the Kiwanis Club Pancake Committee members: (l-r) Clay Patton, Reggie Syrcle, Gary Overmyer, and Tricia Catlin.  The Club was assited by the Valparaiso and Wheeler High School Key Clubs in serving the breakfast.  The Kiwanis Club mission is to help children in our community live better lives.  The Kiwanis Club raises more than $50,000 every year which is given back to the community to help serve the needs of children.

‘American Idol’ contestant gifted with accessibility

MobilityWorks, a leading dealer of BraunAbility accessible wheelchair vans and lift systems, gifted a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan with a BraunAbility conversion to Juliana Ramos, a bride-to-be who now relies on a wheelchair for mobility after suffering traumatic brain injuries as a result of a car accident in October of 2009.

Ramos’ fiancée, Chris Medina, raised awareness and support for her story when he appeared on “American Idol” as a contestant. After Medina’s first episode aired, Braun partnered with MobilityWorks, which is located near Ramos’ home, to help supply her and Medina with a wheelchair accessible van.

Bill Koeblitz, president and CEO of MobilityWorks, Eric Mansfield, vice president of Store Operations at MobilityWorks, Nick Gutwein, president of Braun and Greg Kiser, Braun regional sales manager presented the vehicle to Ramos and her family at MobilityWorks of Chicago.

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