October 28, 2015 12:00 am  • 

There is much good news to share regarding ongoing and future plans for growth in Campagna Academy’s continuum of care that will greatly impact youth and families in our community.

As you may know, Campagna is the only certified child welfare organization in Northwest Indiana that offers specialized residential treatment to children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). We opened the doors of our Northlake program for these youth in July 2013.

However, we have seen the numbers on our waiting list for this program continue to grow, as youth are placed out of county, far from the support of their families and community, simply because there is limited availability in our region for the treatment of these most vulnerable youth.

On behalf of Campagna Academy’s board of directors, staff, and more importantly, the children, youth and families that we serve, I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous investment that John W. Anderson Foundation and Crown Point Community Foundation made recently for the lives of disadvantaged youth.

With their support, a vacant cottage on our campus will be renovated this year. This will allow Campagna to provide more options to families in Northwest Indiana when they face the difficult decision of finding residential treatment services for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Campagna’s Northlake program provides the resources needed to meet an individual’s treatment, social and educational goals.

I am proud to be part of Campagna’s ongoing commitment to restoring hope and building dreams in so many young lives. Consider touring the Schererville campus and learning about our volunteer opportunities.

Elena Dwyre, MS, LSW is CEO of Campagna Academy in Schererville. Contact her at edwyre@cahope.org or visit www.campagnaacademy.org for more information. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.