GARY and SCHERERVILLE, INDIANA -October 1, 2019 – The Crisis Center, located in Gary, Indiana, and Campagna Academy, located in Schererville, Indiana, have entered a strategic leadership agreement that will permit both agencies to expand services to improve the lives of at-risk youth in Northwest Indiana, now and far into the future. Under this arrangement, Elena Dwyre, CEO of Campagna Academy, will also lead the Crisis Center as CEO.

For the past 18 months, Crisis Center’s Board of Directors has studied and considered its mission continuity and executive leadership with a compatible agency. Many options were considered that would permit both agencies to expand services to children and youth in Northwest Indiana.

Both the Crisis Center and Campagna Academy provide complementary, non-overlapping services that permit them to work together effectively. Therefore, they have entered into an agreement, during which time Campagna will provide executive leadership and management services to the Crisis Center. During the term of this agreement, the boards of each organization will work to develop a longer-term association, with the goal of developing increased synergy and a seamless continuum of services to at-risk youth.

“The partnership between Campagna Academy and the Crisis Center will allow each of our organizations to expand our mutual mission and create a greater impact by helping more disadvantaged youth. I am excited for the future and what this partnership will bring to our region, especially for at-risk youth in Northwest Indiana,” shared Elena Dwyre, CEO of Campagna Academy and the Crisis Center.

About the Crisis Center, Inc.:
In response to a profound need in the community, Shirley Caylor and her late husband, the Reverend Donald Capp, co-founded the Crisis Center in the early 1970’s as a suicide prevention hotline. It grew under Mrs. Caylor’s leadership as CEO into a multi-faceted, vibrant, and financially sound organization, meeting multiple needs of at-risk youth and their families. Shirley Caylor has retired after over 47 years of dedicated service to the Crisis Center and, more importantly, to the youth of Northwest Indiana.

About Campagna Academy, Inc.:
Founded in 1947 as Hoosier Boys’ Town, Campagna Academy is a vision-inspired, mission-based organization that Restores Hope and Builds Dreams for at-risk children and youth by providing therapeutic treatment, safe housing, and programs that include foster care and educational/vocational services. Its life-changing programs and staff serve over 500 youth and families annually. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, Campagna is fully licensed and accredited.