About / Mission & History
To provide and facilitate resources, thereby allowing persons served the opportunity to enhance their lives.
Michiana Resources, Inc., developed out of a grass roots effort in the late 60s to assure that students with disabilities had opportunities following graduation to help them reach their highest potential level of independence. Community school leaders, parents, and other stakeholders led this grass roots effort. This community wide endeavor ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Laporte County Sheltered Workshop, Inc. in 1970, which was in turn renamed Michiana Resources, Inc. in 1997.
The Laporte County Sheltered Workshop of 1970 addressed the primary concern of the day, and that was the protection and safety of our community's citizens with disabilities in a secure environment where basic, though minimal, work and developmental activities occurred.
In 1975 the organization moved to its present location at 4315 East Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City. At this location a previously established manufacturing facility was purchased providing the opportunity for the expansion of the sheltered work concept and growth of the numbers of individuals involved. The focus remained on a protective environment but one that now provided for expanded work experiences. This focus remained until the mid eighties when organizations were challenged to re-examine their philosophies in terms of the best possible programming to allow individuals served to access their communities with the goal of full community participation.
In 1986 Michiana Resources was chosen as one of ten primary recipients of a Governor's Planning Council grant to aggressively begin the movement of establishing real world work, community based, employment opportunities for those served. The Michiana Resources Supported Employment Program was born and today actively pursues community-based opportunities for all of those capable and on an annual basis supports approximately 90 individuals in community employment. People with disabilities remain today the population segment with the highest rate of unemployment in our
The supported employment effort, and the recognition of best practices that accompanied its development, were the catalysts that brought about an
environment of constant reexamination of our mission and ultimately recognition that every effort should be made to mainstream individuals served whenever responsibly appropriate.
In 1986 Michiana initiated the expansion of its facility to over sixty thousand square feet, providing for adequate space to meet the diverse needs of its service population. The new facility, which was opened in 1988, afforded the availability of previously unavailable classroom style space for those with severe disabilities, while accommodating a growing industrial base for those with employment potential.
The Michiana Resources organization of today provides a vast array of service opportunities including: facility based industrial work services, supported and follow along employment services, assistive technology including computer training services, adult day services for seniors through it's Daybreak program, sensory awareness programming, activities of daily living training, art training in a variety of formats through the Creative Concepts program, community involvement through the Community Connections program, residential services, and respite care,