Support Groups Available

La Porte Hospital Offers Support Groups


La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital will offer the following support groups:

Al-Anon Group

This Group offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholic and meets every Friday

10 a.m. at The Crossing, 1203 Washington St., La Porte.  Contact Susie Smith at 219.362.9280.

Diabetes Support Group

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with diabetes?  The Diabetes Support Group provides a place to share ideas, experiences, and problems related to diabetes for those with diabetes as well as their support team.  The group meets from 11:00 a.m. to Noon on the 4th Monday of every month at the Heart & Vascular Conference Room.  Contact Patty Leonard at 219.362.2478.


Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Providing emotional and social support to patients, families, and caregivers affected by multiple sclerosis, this groups meets the           2nd Tuesday of every month (except Dec, Jan, Feb) at 6 p.m. in the

La Porte Hospital Auditorium.  Contact Kathy May at 219.874.2681.


Parkinson’s Support Group

Supporting those with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers in adapting more positively to the physical, emotional, and social changes associated with the disease.          The group meets every 3rd Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at                Brentwood Assisted Living, 2002 Andrew Ave., La Porte (park in back and use back door).  Contact Sherri Moorehouse at 219.362.5749.


WeCAN (Cancer Support Group)

Have you been affected by a cancer diagnosis? WeCAN provides patients, families, and caregivers a chance to share experiences and learn new ways of coping with the disease process.  The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5-6 p.m. at the Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room.  Contact         Teresa Tuholski at 219.785.3444.


Women Heart

This group offers support and education on living a heart healthy life and meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the          Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room.  Contact Sue Chlebek at (219) 324.7519.


Mourning to Dancing

Losing a child is devastating.  This support ministry reaches out to the hurts and hearts of mothers who have experienced the loss of a child and meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel.  Contact Lynn Breeden at 574.306.7752.


Diabetes Education Classes

Diabetes Education Classes Offered at Starke Hospital


Knox, Ind. – La Porte Hospital offers Pre-Diabetes Classes and Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes. Classes are offered as follows:


Free Pre-Diabetes Classes

Come learn about the risk factors for diabetes and steps to manage pre-diabetes. All are welcome; no registration required. Classes meet the 3rd Monday of every month from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Starke Hospital 2nd floor OB Conference Room.


Diabetes Self-Management Classes

This is a comprehensive program to empower you to control your own health.  A physician’s order and pre-registration are required. Classes begin at the start of each month and continue for four weeks. Classes are offered Tuesdays 9– 11 a.m. Contact Patty Leonard at 219.772.1183.


Individual Appointments

A physician’s order and pre-registration are required. Appointments may be made with either a certified diabetes educator or registered dietitian depending your needs:  Insulin, Injectable, Gestational Diabetes, Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Nutritional Education. Call 219.772.1183.

Earthworks partners with JESSE



DONALDSON, IN – Angela Resendez, Vocational/Transition Coordinator for JESSE (Joint Education Services in Special Education) in North Central Indiana and Cheri Ringer, Coordinator of Earthcare Education for Earthworks, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, have partnered to provide work experiences for special needs students ages 17+. These are students that have mild to moderate special needs and are working towards earning a high school diploma. These students can have success at an appropriate vocation but are currently underserved by programs that would provide this kind of training.


At the beginning of the second semester 2016/17 school year, a trial work experience was established at the greenhouses located at The Center at Donaldson.  The first JESSE student was Jake Snyder, from LaVille Jr./Sr. High School in Lakeville, Indiana who works with Sam Tepes, Greenhouse Specialist.  Jake has been cleaning eggs, mulching bio-char, clearing crop beds and minor maintenance jobs.  He comes to the greenhouse once a week for about an hour and a half.  Jake loves the outdoors and is enjoying his time working with Sam.


With a generous donation from the Marshall County Community Foundation, The Center at Donaldson will continue to add more work experience opportunities for JESSE students this fall. In addition, Ancilla College students will have the opportunity to become a Job Coach for the JESSE students and earn a small stipend for their work. It is the hope that the Job Coach experience becomes part of the education curriculum at Ancilla College.

Being One with Watercolor

Being ONE with Watercolor with Brian Gordy

PS060717 — 2D Visual Art 
This workshop is geared toward landscape painting with exercises to help you let go the reins to allow a watercolor to happen. Brian will impart his techniques for developing detail, creating texture, and “putting the painting together.” Color theory, mixing, masking and brush properties will be addressed.
  • Wednesday-Friday, June 7-9, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Brian Gordy, facilitator
  • Includes lunch each day. Materials list to be found on the website.
  • MoonTree Paint Studio
Indiana Artisan Brian Gordy lives in Muncie. He has taught art at the university level & privately for over 25 years.  Throughout his career, his paintings have depicted the landscapes of the Midwest & the north woods of Michigan and Canada. 
Brian is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America & the Red River Watercolor Society. His works are included in several permanent collections & have been featured in The Best of Watercolor Vol. 3, “Arts Indiana,” “Snowy Egret,” & “Lake Superior” magazines.
Register by Friday, May 26!

Camp Evergreen Grief Camp – Volunteers and Campers Needed!

Camp Evergreen, a Free Children’s Grief Camp has Expanded

Volunteers & Campers Needed


Mishawaka, IN – The Annual Camp Evergreen, a grief camp for youth and teens, has expanded to two separate camp experiences.  Camp Evergreen is a free grief camp for children who have experienced the death of someone important in their life.

Camp Evergreen Youth Day Camp 6 – 12 years old

Saturday, August 26, 2017

8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Camp Evergreen Teen Camp 13 – 17 years old

Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4


According to Camp Director, Nancy Patterson, MA, Camp Evergreen assists youth and teens in realizing that many others have experienced death and educates them on the grief process and positive ways to cope. “Camp Evergreen is a fun and safe place for kids and teens that have experienced the death of a loved one to come together and realize that they are not alone,” states Patterson. “Along with grief education and sharing about their love ones, Camp Evergreen offers kids and teens an enjoyable experience which includes swimming, canoeing, youth horseback riding, a teen challenge course, art and crafts, and much more.”

Camp Evergreen, sponsored by Center for Hospice Care (CHC), is provided free to all campers as a community service. Transportation to and from camp is also included.

Volunteers Needed. In addition to campers, volunteers are needed for both camps. Adult buddies for each youth camper and for small groups of teen campers provide support throughout camp. Adult volunteers are also needed to assist with camp activities. All volunteers must attend one 3-hour training session offered at the times listed:

Campers and volunteers must complete an application packet to participate in camp. For more information or to request a packet, contact Nancy Patterson, (574) 255-1064 or

Hospital names new CFO

La Porte, Starke Hospitals name new Chief Financial Officer


La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital CEO Ashley Dickinson announced today Drew Keesbury has been selected as Chief Financial Officer for La Porte and Starke Hospitals. Keesbury was selected after a series of interviews with hospital staff.


Keesbury obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Previously, he operated as controller for Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. Most recently, he served as assistant CFO and interim CFO at Porter Regional Hospital.


“Our focus at La Porte Hospital over the next couple of years will be growth, including building the new hospital. Drew brings with him a strong commitment to work collaboratively with hospital leaders and service lines to identify and implement key strategies for growth. We look forward to having him on our team,” Dickinson said.


Keesbury looks forward to becoming involved in the La Porte community.

Lukenbill at Center at Donaldson



DONALDSON, IN — May is National Elder Law Month.  To that end, the Catherine Kasper Life Center, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at The Center at Donaldson, presents a discussion of Elder Law topics. Adam Lukenbill, attorney at law will be the presenter on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. EDT in Cana Hall at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, Indiana.


Mr. Lukenbill will speak on a variety of subjects important to seniors, their families and caregivers regarding their legal rights. Topics he’ll speak about include, Advance Directives, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Guardianships, Estate Planning and the Medicaid application process.


Mr. Lukenbill focuses on Elder Law, including estate planning, estate and trust administration, asset protection, long-term nursing home planning, and the protection of beneficiaries with special needs. A 2003 graduate of Purdue University and a 2007 graduate of Indiana University Mauer School of Law, he also serves on the board of directors of Ancilla College, is vice president of the Marshall County Council on Aging and the president of the Marshall County Bar Association and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law. He is a partner at Lukenbill & Lukenbill, LLP in Plymouth.


Please join us for this free, informative evening.


For more information, please call Tiffany Hardy, Admissions Case Management Coordinator, at 574-935-1744.

Explore Nature Through Glass

Seeing Anew as you Explore Nature through Transparent Glass

WS061017 — 2D Visual Art 
Inspired by the early summer environment, we’ll translate the color of the natural world to a layered glass “painting” that will be fused in a kiln as a lasting journal of your experience.
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Gloria Badiner, facilitator
  • Includes materials, equipment & lunch each day.
  • MoonTree Wood Shop
Gloria Badiner is a scientist and studio artist in rural Southwest Michigan. Her studio, Arts & Artifacts, makes commissioned and custom kiln formed glass for architects, designers and furniture makers. Her sculptures include fused, kiln cast, sand cast and dalle de’ verre works mostly on an intimate scale and are often mixed with copper, silver, stone, bone and found elements. The themes of night and day, nature and human ritual are strong influences woven into her work.

Gloria also serves as a technical consultant to the glass and ceramic industry and teaches kiln forming throughout the United States.

Register by Wednesday, May 24!

Meet Libby from Earthworks

Our second of three Summer Staff memebers
is a former
Earthworks Day Camper
Hi, my name is Libby and I am going to be a senior at Knox High School this fall.
One of my favorite things to do is play softball. I am a captain of our varsity softball team at Knox in the spring, and in the summer I play for a team that travels to different tournaments all over Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. I play first and third base. I’m also a member of my school’s speech team where I compete in a form of debate.
When I’m not playing softball, I love to spend as much time outdoors as I can. I have a passion for science and nature, and would like to become a neurobiologist one day. I am super excited to be a part of the Earthworks Summer Staff, and I can’t wait to meet all of the kids that come to the day camps.