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Shirley Caylor is the co-founder of the Crisis Center, and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Caylor is a graduate of St. Mary of the Lakes College. She is a member of the Lake Area United Way Agency Execs; the Porter County United Way Agency Executives. She is the chairperson of the Consortium of Residential Providers; a member of the Indiana Youth Services Association; the National Network of Youth Services; The Times Editorial Advisory Board; Former President of Gary Rotary.
Caylor was inducted into the Society of Innovators, and honored at Northwest Indiana Times Women of Merit (2005).
In 2016, the National Safe Place Network honored Shirley with a 'Lifetime Achievement Award.'
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Barbara Wisdom is our Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
She has a post graduate certificate in accounting from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree in community psychology from Purdue University Calumet. She started her career at the Crisis Center by working part-time as a college student.
Barbara annually attends the AICPA conference for non-profit organizations' financial executives.
She is a founding member of a national focus group for non-profit finance and management executives, and also belongs to the National Association for Female Executives and the American Association of University Women.
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Gavin Mariano is the program manager for our Safe Place/Safely Home program, as well for our Teen Court program in Hammond. He also serves as our Public Relations & Outreach Specialist, and our I.T support. He is a certified, trained Human Trafficking awareness presenter for youth and community / business leaders. Gavin earned a B.A. from Indiana University Bloomington in 2001; and a Master of Social Work degree in 2014. He is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and an internationally-certified, Child and Youth Care Professional (CYC-P). He serves on the IU Northwest Chancellor's Board of Advisors. Gavin was honored by the NWI Times as one of the "20 under 40" professionals in NWI for 2008, and was recognized as one of the "Who's Who in Indiana" by Building Indiana magazine for 2011.
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Sandra Porter Phillips, began managing our Teen Court program when the program was first started in 1989.
Mrs. Phillips has a Master’s degree in Science Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana State University. Porter-Phillips is the chairperson of the Tobacco Coalition whose goal is to increase community’s awareness and award mini-grants.
Mrs. Porter-Phillips is a member of COFFY (Community Organization for Families and Youth) a coalition of Gary-based services that meets to respond to the needs of Gary citizens.
Sandy is also on the board of the National Association of Teen Courts.
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Brenda Comer is the director for our shelter program, Alternative House. She also manages our clinical services and counseling services.
Ms. Comer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/psychology Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. Brenda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC); and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADC).
Brenda is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, The Lake County Continuum of Care, SAFE for Lake County-for Life, Alternatives to Detention Work Group, and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.
Brenda has experience in the health care industry, juvenile justice task force, community mental health. She is the founder and CEO of her own LLC (Social Werx). Brenda has served as a field supervisor for graduate level students from IUN, Purdue, Valpo U. UIC, Loyola and Governors State University.
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Sara Spruth is the program manager for our Crisis Contact Hotline. Sara is an alumni of Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Psychology.
She is a certified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Instructor; AFSP certified Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator; Love & Logic Instructor and LGBTQ Cultural Competency Trainer. Sara provides trainings and presentations to our community members, schools and organizations.
She is actively involved in several NWI community organizations: Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council; District 1 Disaster Response Mental Health Team; Human Trafficking Task Force; LGBTQ Coalition; Gary Drug-Free Communities Coalition and Domestic Violence Sex Assault Task Force.
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Volunteers began the Rap Line (crisis hotline) in 1971 in response to the tragic suicide of teenager Karen Leshk in 1971. Co-founders the Rev. Dr. Donald G. Capp and Shirley Caylor used thier persistence to obtain initial funding from the city of Gary's revenue sharing funds, and the center has grown to include the Alternative House emergency shelter for children and youth, Safe Place outreach to youth in crisis, Teen Court prevention and early intervention services for youth, and low-cost counseling services for community residents. Today, Caylor serves as CEO and leads a team of dozens of professionals who work to achieve our mission.
Strengthening communities and empowering families with emphasis on children in need of shelter, safety and support.
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Any person, of any age, in personal crisis through our 24 hour services, range of services, and referrals throughout Indiana. We are an equal opportunity provider. Crisis Center, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
Read the Crisis Center's confidentiality statement here (PDF).
Matt Dilts - President
Thomas Stevens - Vice-President
Carla Houch - Vice-President
Gary R. Johnson - Secretary / Treasurer
Robert A. Anderson - Kreig-Devault
Andy Arnold - Precision Control Systems
Gordon Beckley - The Hammond Group
Daniel Blankenburg - Hodges & Davis
Alyce Butler - Ret. NIPSCO
Wendell Carey - QC/Pennzoil
Marc Chase - Northwest Indiana Times
E. Thomas Collins, Jr. - Clark St. Development
Vic DeMeyer - Ret. NIPSCO
Tammy Lynch - Swartz Retson
Aaron McDermott - Latitude Commercial
Tom McDermott, Sr.
Nadine McDowell - Ret. Attorney
Daniel L. Nita - Horseshoe Casino
Thomas O'Donnell - Attorney
Tom Ploski - Ret. Pepsi Cola Bottlers
Dr. Janet Seabrook - Community HealthNet, Inc.
Tom Sourlis - Mortar Net USA, Ltd.
Scott Steinwart - First Merchants Bank
David Van Dyke - Precision Construction
Robert Welsh - Welsh Holdings
Roger Wills - Ret. School Counselor
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Opportunities are posted as they become available. Instructions on how to apply are below. Open positions are announced below (with additional information on the program). Thank you for considering us. Best wishes on your career search.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit your resume in Adobe PDF format via email (type the available position in the subject line) to firstname.lastname@example.org Cover letters are optional (unless indicated). A representative from our agency will contact you if you are selected for an interview.
Part-Time positions available in the following departments:
1. Residential Staff (Click Here to view listing on program page).
2. Counselor (Click Here to view listing on program page).
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Runaway & Homeless Youth Act; Indiana Dept. of Child Services; Indiana Dept. of Education; Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA); Gary School Corporation (Chapter I); Lake Area United Way; Lake County Division of Child Services; Geminus; Anderson Foundation; City of Gary Emergency Solutions grant; corporations, churches, service clubs, and individuals.
Crisis Center, Inc. is an IRS-recognized, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.
We hold an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau, and our profile may be found on Guidestar.
Questions about the agency financial information should be directed to Barbara Wisdom
Click Here to email Barbara Wisdom.