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Study Reveals 39% of Hoosier Working Families Struggle to Afford the Basics


United-Way-of-La-Porte-County-United-We-Fight-2018In 2016, a reported 979,538 Hoosier households were unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, childcare, and transportation despite working hard according to the 2018 Indiana ALICE® Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) released on September 6, 2018 by Indiana United Ways. ALICE- population individuals and families are defined as those who are working, earning more than the federal poverty level, but not enough to make ends meet. Combined, ALICE-population (25%) and poverty (14%) households, account for 39 percent of all Indiana households, a 10 percent increase between 2010 and 2016.

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“Swing for the Kids” Golf Outing Planned By Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City

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The Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City has planned the fourth annual “Swing for the Kids” Golf Outing on August 24. It is one of the major fundraisers each year for the not-for-profit organization with all proceeds directly benefitting the Club.

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Explore the Region through Your Favorite Northwest Indiana Downtowns!

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Northwest Indiana is lucky to have so many downtowns that offer food, shopping, and entertainment for everyone! Based on your input, we have put together a list of some of the best things to do in your favorite downtowns as well as some up and coming cities and towns!

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Annual Kiddie Parade Brings Afternoon of Family Fun, Smiles, and Laughter to Downtown Michigan City

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Bright costumes, bold music, and good times filled the air of Michigan City’s downtown this afternoon as dozens of children and their families laughed, danced, and waved to onlookers during the city’s annual Kiddie Parade.

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The City of La Porte Promotes Home Ownership with the First Community Housing Fair

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The City of La Porte and the La Porte Civic Center opened their doors to the community on Saturday for a free housing fair. The city realized how important it was to share this information on home ownership with their community, and, therefore, took it upon themselves to organize the first housing fair.

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La Porte Fourth of July Parade Arrangements

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We would like to make the public aware of our arrangements for the Fourth of July Parade this year in terms of traffic and parking restrictions. Traffic will be diverted off of State Road 2 (Lincolnway) beginning at 8:30 AM on the Fourth of July. No traffic other than the parade units will be allowed on State Road 2 between Philadelphia Street and Andrew Avenue on the day of the parade between 8:30 AM and the end of the parade.

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Whiting Unites as Superhero Saturday Dominates Downtown Whiting

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Heroes filled the streets of the City of Whiting as they gathered downtown to celebrate the total vanquishing of evil doers everywhere. Fearless heroes leapt off the pages of DC and Marvel alike and performed daring stunts and wielded their powers by demolishing brick walls, hitting their target with giant boulders, and forging their balloon weapons in the name of all things good and super!

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Gary SouthShore RailCats "Scout Night" Draws Large Crowd

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The Gary SouthShore RailCats hosted “Scout Night” on Friday evening, as they took on the Sioux City Explorers for some professional action. Fans from all over Northwest Indiana gathered around for the occasion, which included roughly 80 people associated with local Boy and Girl Scout troops. The RailCats also incorporated a “Sandlot” theme to the night, referring to the iconic baseball movie of the ‘90s. With both themes set, the evening was composed of several events planned for after the game.

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La Porte County YMCA Promotes Healthy Lifestyles Through Healthy Kids Day

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While school may be out for the summer, the La Porte County YMCA believes learning healthy habits remains an important part of kids’ lives year-round. That’s why the YMCA, along with YMCAs nationwide, hosts Healthy Kids Day each year to promote both physical and mental healthy living to children and their families.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Premature Children, Families Helped by Foundation


Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Premature-Children-Families-Helped-by-FoundationKim Splant and her husband, Phil, donated a commemorative bench, made of 400 pounds of recycled plastic, in honor of Henry Penegor. He was the son of Sarah, standing-right, and husband, Eric, of Schererville. The Spants donated the bench, and $1,500 to Franciscan Health Crown Point Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Henry died in 2012 after a premature birth. The Splants, who live in Dyer, began the Nathan C. Splant Foundation in 2007.

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“Listen to Your Mother” Brings the Region Together to Honor and Celebrate Mothers

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The Annual “Listen To Your Mother” show, presented at the Art Theater in Hobart, was a beautiful way to honor mothers. Saturday evening, Queen B Productions presented different cast members with each of their own unique stories. The director and producer of the show was Carrie Bedwell, a teacher of more than 20 years who dedicated the show to her mother who is battling lung cancer. The Master of the Ceremony Chris Mahlmann hosted the event. Mahlmann has countless awards and is the owner of Ideas in Motion Media. The whole night evoked many different emotions within the speakers and the audience. Whether it was laughter or tears, the message remained the same: mothers know what is best.

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