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About Us

A Message from the President/CEO, Gary Olund

Recently, we held our first ACEs and Resiliency/Fair Housing Conference. Valuable information, tools, skills, and partnerships were forged during this event.

I'd like to give you a brief update on where we are today. As you may already know, NWICA offers a variety of programs that help to remove the barriers to independence that many Hoosiers face. That may be addressing chronic conditions through workshops; providing energy education and home weatherization; supporting mothers, infants, and children through the WIC program; connecting caregivers, patients, and their families to long term care options counseling; or helping individuals with the transitions from hospital to home. We do all that well, along with the many other anti-poverty programs and solutions that we implement every day on behalf of our community and neighbors.

However, as we do our work in northwest Indiana we have come to see a pattern of chronic conditions in our rural, urban, and lower income neighborhoods. National leaders in health care, public health administration, and child development already know that this is, at least partially, contributed to the phenomena known as adverse childhood experiences- or ACEs. Exposure the ACEs can have lasting negative effects on health and well-being, including impaired decision making, reduced impulse control, increased adoption of risky behaviors, and has contributed to the early onset of disease, disability and death. ACEs are common in the general population with 6 in 10 adults reporting that they have experienced at least one ACE. The prevalence of ACES and their profound impact on health and behavior have significant impact on all sectors of our community.

We at NWICA are transforming the way we operate by continuously seeking out new and innovative ways to improve our ability to help people to be independent. Our employees and partners have continued to meet the challenges of our most vulnerable populations by working to build communities that offer safe and affordable housing, a variety of living wage jobs, and access to equal opportunities for those living with disabilities, vulnerable populations, Veterans, aging adults, those with low or limited incomes, aging adults and their caregivers.

Thank you in advance for reading our annual report (link in left column of this page). We welcome you to come in to our office or attend one of our events to learn more.