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Serving People with special needs by empowering them to realize their full potential.
TradeWinds provides services for children of all abilities and adults with physical and developmental disabilities including Child Care, Summer & Functional Skills Camps, 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 and Supported Living Homes, Respite for Caregivers, Deaf Services, TradeWinds Community Pantry, and Chicago Lighthouse Low Vision Clinic for residents of Northwest Indiana.

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TradeWinds provides skill training and job opportunities for our adults with disabilities to earn a paycheck.

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Established through philanthropy and volunteer support, your donations, time or talents to TradeWinds helps people with disabilities achieve greater independence, dignity and personal freedom.

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Whole Kids Foundation Garden Program

Supporting Health & Well-being

Thank you to the Whole Kids Foundation for the grant funding that will help provide learning experiences for our Functional Skills campers with mild to moderate disabilities (age 13-18) - helping build a new organic garden area at the front grassy section of our building. This project gives hands-on activities as they assist with developing this new garden into a teaching space for all TradeWinds participants of varied abilities - growing healthy foods and learning about nutrition & conservation. We plan to include vertical growing space, rain barrel water conservation, & plants to attract butterflies. These activities will aid in skills retention, personal growth for greater independence, physical activity, an “I can do it” attitude, lessons learned for improved nutrition, and life lessons, including teamwork, diversity, inclusion, & acceptance.

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Upcoming events

TradeWinds Bowling Fun
Stardust Bowl II - Merrillville, IN
Gala - "Red Carpet Hollywood Glam"
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
TradeWinds Golf Scramble for Kids
Briar Ridge Country Club, Schererville, IN
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