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Jacob's Ladder Paying it Forward in 2014

JaocbsLadder-logo5On March 6, 2012, a group of therapists and parents sought out Jacob’s Ladder to help bring a pediatric rehab center to their community in Warsaw, Indiana. Mariann Frigo, Executive Director of Jacob’s Ladder and a special needs mom, identified with their plight to find decent pediatric services close to home. Though Mariann is responsible for raising funds for over 600 patients here in Northwest Indiana; she, the office staff, and the Jacob’s Ladder Board of Directors were drawn to assist the Warsaw community.

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A Valpo Life That Matters: Kaye Frataccia

Kaye-FratacciaA familiar face around Valpo is this week's Valpo Life That Matters. She's sweet, smart, a snappy dresser, and one of the most selfless people that I have ever met. Kaye Frataccia, retired teacher and active community member shows us how one person can make a huge impact.

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Valparaiso, Indiana Reaches out to Valparaíso Chile

Valparaiso-Vibrant-VisionaryThe city of Valparaiso is reaching out to help the city of Valparaíso, Chile to recover from a devastating fire that has claimed at least 15 lives and 2,000 homes, evacuating approximately 10,000 people since it began on April 12. “We share more than a name with the people of Chile,” said Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas. “Our YMCAs share a close connection and through the years, Valparaiso University students and faculty have visited and interned in Chile, becoming completely immersed in the culture of another Valparaiso. Because we’re a caring community, we’re interested in doing what we can to help our Chilean friends recover from this tragic fire,” said Costas.

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22nd Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive

letter-carriers-food-driveAs Saturday, May 10, draws ever closer, letter carriers in more than 1,200 branches nationwide are full steam ahead to get ready for the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

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Tickets Available Now for Opportunity Enterprises’ Celebration of Achievement

oe-celebration-of-achievement-2013-2014Tickets are now available for Opportunity Enterprises’ 2014 Celebration of Achievement Breakfast. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at Aberdeen Manor, located at 216 Ballantrae Street in Valparaiso. Doors will open at 7:30 AM with breakfast and a program from 8– 9:30 AM.

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Luke Nestorovich is the 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador Child

porter-county-march-for-babiesParents Mark and Kara Nestorovich have recounted the story of the birth of their son hundreds of times. It is a story they are happy to repeat so often because it has a great ending. But when Luke was born, they were not sure that would be the case. Born 15 weeks too soon, Luke spent 4 months in the hospital struggling to survive. Luckily for the Nestorovich family, their son did survive. And today, Luke thrives.

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Helping to Feed Those in Need

emily-walsworthRecently, youth from Calvary Church participated in 30 Hour Famine which is a nationally recognized event where people fast for 30 hours to bring awareness to world hunger. It is organized by World Vision and began in 1971. It has only grown larger as the years pass.

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