Thursday, 04 April 2013 09:50
Several East Chicago businesses were destroyed in a huge blaze March 9, a fire that also consumed hundreds of car seats, cribs and supplies meant for high-risk and medically high-risk mothers-to-be. HealthVisions Midwest, Inc, a faith-based community health organization sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, has been active in Lake County since 1998.
Offering programs ranging from breast/cervical cancer prevention to older adult services, HealthVisions Midwest also offers prenatal care coordination assistance and services free-of-charge to pregnant women in East Chicago and surrounding communities. The program, known as, Promotores de Salud Maternal e Infantil was seriously affected by the fire, which destroyed thousands of dollars in new supplies and nursery furnishings. Among the losses were hundreds of car seats, strollers, pack and plays, crib sheets, receiving blankets, onesies, diapers, wipes and infant toiletries scheduled to be distributed to mothers in the program and surrounding community.