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TradeWinds Provides Tools and Training to Help Those with Special Needs Accomplish Goals


Since 1967, TradeWinds has been helping thousands of children and adults with special needs realize their full potential, equipping them with the tools and training they need to accomplish their personal goals. At TradeWinds, we are passionate about the work that we do and the smiling faces we work with on a daily basis. We care about each and every one of the individuals we serve, providing hope and inspiration to those seeking it most.


The services and training that TradeWinds provides are designed to promote individual choice, growth, and self-sufficiency for people of all ages and abilities. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for both the individuals we serve and the community-at-large.

Tradewinds Business Solutions

Provides training and employment opportunities for clients while providing solutions to businesses in the community.


Work Solutions

Provides job placement with the assistance of an employment specialist, along with job training and follow-along service (per participant request). Helping adults with varying abilities, Work Solutions provides each participant with an individualized case management plan that helps match their skill level with employers in Northwest Indiana.


Tradewinds Industries

Offers commercial subcontracting services to businesses and industries throughout the United States. From packaging and assembly needs to contract sewing, our crew members have built a reputation for quality work and on-time services.


Tradewinds Sign Shoppe

Established in 1995, the TradeWinds Sign Shoppe produces an array of different signage to businesses within the region. We specialize in creating banners, displays and exhibits, vehicle graphics, decals, magnets, and so much more.

Understanding Who We Are

Our service and development departments provide an array of assistance to TradeWinds children, adults, and families.


Children Services

Assistance to children from newborns to seven years of age. Individualized plans are constructed for every child based on his or her needs. Services include a variety of therapy, after school care, child care, Parents-As-Teachers program, tutoring, and summer camp (school age 5-14).


Adult Services

Serves seniors and adults by providing a safe and caring environment, meals, and transportation. Also provides participants with social interaction, specialized care, and recreational activities.


Visions of Indiana

Equips seniors and adults that are visually impaired with the skills, options, and equipment they need to be self-sufficient and independent while working, living, and enjoying their community.


Independent Living

TradeWinds Basic Development Homes and Intensive Training Homes are designed to best match every adult with the independent living environment most suited to his or her abilities. TradeWinds currently has five group homes in which all residents have access to round-the-clock support services to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of each individual. TradeWinds programs also has semi-independent living sites.


Art of Living

Training and social program that serves adults with more severe and pervasive needs. Program is designed to work with participants in group settings and on an individual basis.


Adult Training

Committed to Person-Centered planning, this service empowers every adult to take an active role in establishing their goals and objectives. Each individual is encouraged to explore choices and achieve his or her personal potential.





If you want to help Tradewinds help the community, click the link above and get involved by signing up for any of our available events.

If your busy schedule doesn't allow you to take part in the events, you can always donate...whether it's household items for the Residential Group Homes, contributing to the Endowment Fund, or making an annual contribution...all are welcome!

Special Events

Our annual Gala, Golf Scramble and Poker Tournament are major funding sources for TradeWinds Services. Each year we strive to make the fundraisers bigger and better. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a TradeWinds Services event, please contact Connie Skozen at (219) 949-4000, ext. 245 or via e-mail at

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