The Community Change Center has been selected for the 2023 World Relief Campaign, organized annually for Valparaiso University by the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT). The Community Change Center is an organization based in Gary, Indiana and provides reentry services to individuals throughout Northwest Indiana during and after their incarceration. Volunteers at the Community Change Center facilitate a weekly reentry group in our local prison and offer community-based transitional living, adult education, Unity Cafe, mentoring, case management, and community meals to individuals post-incarceration. This nonprofit uses a restorative justice framework to create community-centered services for those currently incarcerated, previously incarcerated, or/and experiencing homelessness.
Currently, the Community Change Center runs exclusively on volunteers, which limits the scope of services. Our campaign entitled “Redefining Reentry: Opportunities for Redemption” is working to raise $25,000 in an effort to fund a full year of programming at the Community Change Center and a part-time Program Manager. Under the programming budget, the funding will allow housing managers to move into the two transitional houses in Gary, IN. With housing managers, the Community Change Center can begin housing other community members experiencing housing instability.
Quotes from Community Change Center participants:
“I’m getting resources I never had before.”
“I feel like less of a criminal when I’m treated fairly and made to think about my future.”
“I’ve realized reasons I should continue to live.”
The World Relief Campaign is able to support great organizations like the Community Change Center each year because of donors like you. As we work to support projects, Valparaiso University students are able to learn how to raise funds, organize communities, and advocate for social justice issues.
Thanks to all our donors who helped make this year’s campaign a success
The World Relief Campaign is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in Indiana.
The World Relief Campaign is run by members of Valparaiso University’s Social Action Leadership Team, the social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection. You can learn more by visiting the “About Us” page or visiting our Facebook page.
Our partner for the 2023 WRC is the Community Change Center: We Are One, Inc. The Community Change Center is a non-profit based in Gary, Indiana. It provides mentoring, reentry programming, adult education, transitional living, and free community meals. To learn more about Community Change Center, We Are One, Inc., visit their website below.