Partnerships forged between North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan, community organizations, the trade unions and local businesses have created opportunities that could not be realized without them.
“When I became Trustee, I understood the immediacy of providing daily living essentials — like food, utility and rent assistance, clothing help, and more,” Mrvan said. “I also knew that unless we dove under the surface to reveal the barriers to prosperity, we would simply be continuing the cycle of poverty.”
In recent years, the township has sponsored major — as well as mini — career fairs, partnered with WorkOne, local universities and technical colleges to create training opportunities that lead to good jobs and created the “Peace from the Pulpit” initiative to stem the tide of gang violence.
Initiatives new in 2016 include partnerships with:
- Hospice of the Calumet Area to provide assistance to those living with serious illnesses
- Hammond and East Chicago schools to eliminate barriers to academic success
- Local schools to implement a program aimed at reducing child sexual assault.
“We accomplish more when we work together,” Mrvan said. “We are blessed in this community by the number of individuals, agencies and businesses who want to help.”