Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana receives one of two $10,000 donations from NIPSCO and its 2021 Charity of Choice campaign.
Fort Wayne, IN – November 21, 2021 – Two Northeast Indiana mental health organizations, Courageous Healing and Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) are each the recipient of a donation of $10,000 from Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and its 2021 Charity of Choice campaign.
NIPSCO employees generously donated to the annual effort after voting to support mental health efforts across the 30 Northern Indiana counties that NIPSCO serves.
Every year, one in five adults in the U.S. experience mental health issues, and racial and ethnic minoritized groups still have less access to mental health services. Courageous Healing is making culturally centered, trauma-informed mental health services accessible to BIPOC communities in Fort Wayne. With a team of six therapists of color, the organization offers individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as free therapeutic psychoeducational groups. The organization offers services on a sliding fee scale for clients who are uninsured, underinsured, demonstrate financial need, have private insurance, or have the means to self-pay.
Securing funding this year is essential for Courageous Healing as the demand for their services has been growing exponentially since the opening of their brick-and-mortar healing center in Southeast Fort Wayne in May 2021. The donation from NIPSCO’s Charity of Choice campaign will support Courageous Healing’s clinical program, supportive services, and overall mission to restore, strengthen, and facilitate healing through culturally centered mental health services.
Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) is committed to widespread mental health education, a cornerstone of the agency’s mission since its founding in 1954. Education reduces stigma, dispels myths, and increases acceptance of people impacted by mental health challenges. MHANI provides research-based, accessible trainings to community members and professionals facing mental health challenges in their lives or workplaces. Funding provided by NIPSCO’s Charity of Choice campaign will support public mental health trainings that increase knowledge of topics like stress, understanding mental illness, and suicide prevention.
Charity of Choice is NIPSCO’s employee-driven, company-wide fundraising effort to provide a significant contribution of financial and other resources to benefit a cause chosen employees. Each organization must serve communities within NIPSCO’s service area, and have 501 (c)(3) status.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO), with headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana, has proudly served the energy needs of northern Indiana for more than 100 years. As Indiana’s largest natural gas distribution company and the second-largest electric distribution company, NIPSCO serves approximately 850,000 natural gas and 480,000 electric customers across 32 counties. NIPSCO is part of NiSource’s (NYSE: NI) six regulated utility companies. NiSource is one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.7 million natural gas and electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. More information about NIPSCO and NiSource is available at NIPSCO.com and NiSource.com.
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.2 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across six states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, NiSource’s approximately 7,500 employees are focused on safely delivering reliable and affordable energy to our customers and communities we serve. NiSource is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability – North America Index. Additional information about NiSource, its investments in modern infrastructure and systems, its commitments and its local brands can be found at www.nisource.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/nisource, www.linkedin.com/company/nisource or www.twitter.com/nisourceinc. NI-F