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Profiles: Promising Practices in Collaboration

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LIFEDesigns, Inc.

LIFEDesigns, Inc.

LIFEDesigns provides supports and services for people with disabilities and seniors across South-Central Indiana. The programs and services offer a variety of holistic supports to meet the individual needs of each customer. Independence and abilities of all customers are promoted through teamwork and opportunity.  

Community Transportation Network

Community Transportation Network

The goal of Community Transportation network is to provide full access to community resources through friendly transportation service for seniors, persons with disabilities, children, youth and the agencies that support them.  

Alternatives, Inc.

Alternatives, Inc.

Alternatives philosophy is all persons have the right to live in a loving, caring, safe and secure environment. We support victims through the initial crisis with the ultimate strategy of helping them achieve abuse-free and financially independent lives. In recognition of the complex needs of victims, we draw upon the resources of local communities to support victims in their quest for peace and security. Our services are comprehensive and collaborative.

Lampion Center

Lampion Center

Every child and adult needs and deserves support, love, encouragement, safety, and an opportunity to thrive; A chance to achieve their personal potential and make a difference in the world.  Lampion Center’s approach to “relationship development” strengthens their impact with Clients, the service of their Board members, their Collaborative Network, and the retention and resilience of their Staff as they meet the needs of their community.  

Indiana Parenting Institute

Indiana Parenting Institute

The Indiana Parenting Institute works to strengthen parents through education and training, thus creating a better environment for children and families to thrive. “When you’re a parent, in our mind, you’re not supposed to make mistakes; but the truth is we do, because we’re human.” – Demetra T.  

The Carriage House

The Carriage House

The Clubhouse’s “Work-Ordered Day” provides the opportunity for those with mental illness to find meaning in work; the daily side-by-side work of running the Carriage House is where staff and members use their gifts alongside one another, in the meantime forming friendships and finding self-confidence. In addition to the Work-Ordered Day, the Clubhouse provides resources for employment, education, and housing.

Dunes Learning Center

Dunes Learning Center

Dunes Learning Center has utilized marketing and outreach campaigns to make the “best kept secret” of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore more accessible.  

Indian Creek Christian Church – Neighborhood Food Network

Indian Creek Christian Church – Neighborhood Food Network

Founded in 1970, Indian Creek Christian Church Neighborhood Food Network  “The Creek” provides a refreshing outlook of assisting those in need.  Shying away from the traditional food pantry models, The Creek’s  employs a unique program model of collaboration between the program’s administration/volunteers and those they serve.  This charitable model of serving helps to build self-worth and empowerment for its members.  

Living Well in Wabash County

Living Well in Wabash County

The core competency of Living Well in Wabash County, is providing opportunities for older adults to use their time, talents, experience and knowledge to meet the needs of the residents of Wabash County, including those of older adults and their families.  

Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington

Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington

An organization that gets a reputation for doing collaborative partnerships well will be sought after by others. “People now come to us to partner,” comments Mr. Baldwin, “When you become an organization that does a nice job with partnerships then people choose to come your way.” When greater opportunities become available to your organization, then greater opportunities become available to those you serve.  

Metro Baptist Center

Metro Baptist Center

Serving the poor of downtown Indianapolis in the same location, at the same time since 1987, Metro Baptist Center has “standardized the process of helping a person”. Though an extremely small organization, Metro’s Baptist affiliation and long-term partnership with local churches and church organizations have enabled it to consistently serve for 29 years through its partners’; volunteers, program facilitation, and donations.  

Project Leadership

Project Leadership

In 2007, Project Leadership received a startling statistic about the number of Grant County students taking advantage of Indiana’s 21st-Century Scholars Program: 16%. Although a fantastic opportunity, the state-wide program needed a county-based, local approach to getting students enrolled. Project Leadership utilized partnerships and prioritized getting kids signed up, while also designing curriculum and mentorship opportunities for students to stay focused and academically successful.  

Women’s Care Center

Women’s Care Center

For over three decades Women’s Care Center has been providing compassionate resources for families facing crisis pregnancies. Staffed locations throughout the region ensure that everyone served is treated with dignity and respect.

Trinity Free Clinic

Trinity Free Clinic

“Compassionately” is the best word to describe how the Trinity Free Clinic provides free medical and dental care to residents of Hamilton County who have no other access to healthcare.  

Muncie P3

Muncie P3

The purpose of the MuncieP3 program is to ensure that all program children are proficient in reading by grade 3.  Guided by a commitment to early education, and to the vision that collaborative partnerships between schools, families, and communities can maximize the promise and potential of every child, MP3 has seen marked success.  

Fort Wayne Rescue Mission

Fort Wayne Rescue Mission

The Rescue Mission, founded in 1903, is a faith-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing restorative care to men, women and children experiencing a homeless crisis. Our organization serves Fort Wayne, Allen County and its nine surrounding counties. The Mission is comprised of four ministries, or houses, that function as communities of compassion.  

Hope Southern Indiana

Hope Southern Indiana

Founded in 1964, Hope Southern Indiana, “HSI”,  provides an insightful perspective when it comes to community development.  Rather than seeing other local nonprofits as competitors for funding, HSI sees them as fellow collaborators working towards a better community. They understand that if their mission is to enhance their community, and these other organizations are working to enhance their community, then helping other nonprofits furthers their mission.  To that end, HSI

Youth Opportunity Center

Youth Opportunity Center

Good reading skills are essential for every child to succeed in life and current research has shown a pattern in youth with court involvement being reluctant and/or struggling readers.  Youth Opportunity Center, in collaboration with Ball State University, is developing a Reading Program to address this issue. The results of this study, with voluntary participants,  has the potential to influence programs across the nation and YOC could immediately begin to