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TradeWinds provides services for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities including: Childcare, Summer Camp and Speech & Occupational Therapy; Adult Day Activity & Program Training (ADAPT), Pre-Vocational Services (Sewing Manufacturing, Sign Shop, Packaging, General Assembly & Order Fulfillment), Employment Services, Residential Group Homes and Supported Living, Respite for Caregivers, Deaf Services and Chicago Lighthouse Low Vision Clinic for residents of Northwest Indiana.

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TradeWinds Services Receives Grant from Legacy Foundation

Upgrading Security System

TradeWinds Services announces the receipt a $10,000 grant from Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, to support the safety and security of its consumers and employees. Beginning in the 1940’s, The Lake County Association for Crippled Children was established to provide Speech and Occupational Therapy. Today, TradeWinds continues serving children with Speech and Occupational Therapy, along with the addition of Childcare and Summer Camp for children of all abilities. Over the years adult programs serving people with developmental and physical disabilities were also added and now include Adult Day Activity Program & Training (ADAPT), and Pre-Vocational Training and Industries consisting of Sewing Manufacturing, Sign Shop, and Packaging, Assembly & Order Fulfillment. TradeWinds also offers community employment opportunities through our Employment Services department, as well as Residential Group Homes and Supported Living homes and apartments, Respite for Caregivers, Deaf Services and a Chicago Lighthouse Low Vision Clinic for residents of Northwest Indiana. TradeWinds will use the grant to purchase and install an upgraded security system and related equipment upgrades throughout its headquarters facility in Merrillville, Indiana. The system upgrade will replace and better manage entry and exit of – and movement within – the facility through key card access, video monitoring, intercoms and zone-based alarm systems. In addition to being a significant safety enhancement, TradeWinds should also see reduced energy use and lower utility bills as entrance and exit doors will seal tighter for security providing energy efficiency benefits. “The safety of our consumers, their families, and our staff is a top priority at TradeWinds,” said Jon Gold, CEO of TradeWinds. “With several hundred people of all abilities – from babies to retirees – entering and exiting the facility on a daily basis, we want to take every precaution to keep everyone as safe as possible. This grant will enable us to make an even safer environment.” TradeWinds serves people with special needs by empowering them to realize their full potential. Numerous children’s and adult programs take place at the center every day. Legacy Foundation invests in nonprofit services and capacity building efforts throughout Lake County, Ind. Through the generosity of a wide base of donors, Legacy Foundation has awarded $40 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and individuals since its founding in 1992. Learn more at www.legacyfdn.org. For more information about TradeWinds Services, call 219-945-0100 or visit www.tradewindsnwi.org.

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