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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 intellectual 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 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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TradeWinds Deaf Services Luncheon & Style Show

Celebrating 41 Years

On Saturday, October 12th, TradeWinds Deaf Services held its Annual Luncheon & Style Show at the Avalon celebrating 41 years serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing throughout Northwest Indiana. Over 240 guests and staff attended. There was early shopping at the variety of vendor tables, and delicious lunch followed a short program and presentation. After lunch, 11 lovely models, TradeWinds clients, and staff walked the runway in the Style Show presented by Eco Chic Boutique with Emcee, Cindi Rucinski. Thank You to all of our annual corporate sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Strack & VanTil Food Market; Major Sponsors: First Midwest Bank, Horseshoe Hammond, The Times Media Company; Partner Sponsors: Community Healthcare System, DMS/Building Indiana, First Financial Bank, Local Laborers #41, NIPSCO, Gary SouthShore RailCats, Steel Cities Steels, Inc.; Patron Sponsor: Mortar Net Solutions. In addition, Thank You to our event sponsors: Table Sponsor: LGS Plumbing, Inc.; Contributing Sponsors: Garry & Theresa Buell and Thrivent Financial, First Merchants Bank, and Hammond Urban Enterprise Association. And let’s not forget our special donor, Jim Jacobsen and all of our In-Kind, Raffle & Silent Auction donors. Thank You to All for your support, which will enable TradeWinds Deaf Services to continue providing essential services as a link between the deaf and hearing communities of Northwest Indiana.

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Upcoming events

Bowling Fun
Stardust II, Merrillville, IN
TradeWinds 2020 Gala
The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Golf Scramble for Kids
Briar Ridge Country Club, Schererville, IN
Luncheon & Style Show
Avalon Manor, Merrillville, IN
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