NIPSCO partners with TradeWinds
Supporting the health and safety of its participants, employees, and visitors!
Thanks to NIPSCO for the $10,000 donation that TradeWinds used to upgrade the driveway at our TradeWinds East/Deaf Services building with a new circular drop-off for clients and visitors. The remaining funds will go toward purchasing a new van with a wheelchair lift for transporting our residents to and from different places in the community.
The new circular drive provides a closer, safer access point for off-loading and loading to/from the building. The TradeWinds East building supports our Deaf Services department, staff, and people with disabilities who perform a variety of pre-vocational jobs for community businesses. This new drop-off location is away from the parking area, making it safer for parking TradeWinds vehicles.
“The health and safety of our participants, their families, our staff, and visitors are a top priority at TradeWinds”, said CEO Jon Gold. “We have several hundreds of people of all abilities and ages entering and exiting our facility every day, and we want to take every precaution to keep everyone as healthy and safe as possible. This funding from NIPSCO will assist us in doing so.”
The NIPSCO funds will also be used towards a passenger van with a wheelchair lift to transport TradeWinds residents with disabilities to/from TradeWinds for day services, jobs at the facility, or healthcare appointments – to improve social distance protocols and efficiency. The additional vehicle and alternating schedules will help increase future numbers served.
TradeWinds serves people with special needs by empowering them to realize their full potential.
“Health and safety of our customers and employees is a big priority for NIPSCO,” said Rick Calinski, Director of Public Affairs and Economic Development for NIPSCO. “We are proud to partner with TradeWinds to enhance the safety and wellbeing of all who enter their facilities. TradeWinds offers such great services in Northwest Indiana, and NIPSCO has been a proud supporter for decades.
Assisting with the van purchase will also enhance the lives of many, and we are proud to be a part of that as well. “
Pictured are TradeWinds clients holding SAFETY FIRST signs, Megan Henning, NIPSCO – Project Communications Lead, Lisa Tatina, Director of Donor Development & Marketing, TradeWinds Services, Inc., Jon Gold, TradeWinds Services CEO.
If you would like to learn more about TradeWinds, or to donate – please visit our website at www.tradewindsnwi.org/donate or call Lisa Tatina at 219.945.3116