Category: <span>NEC NEWS</span>

WNIT TV – Education Counts – Addressing Mental Health

Between academics and other school activities, it can be easy to miss the signs a student may be having trouble addressing emotional and mental issues. Mental health is an area only explored typically in the most traumatic of situations but should be handled more often. We take a look at how Lakeland Schools in LaGrange address the importance of a student’s mental well-being.

Northeastern Center LaGrange County staff, Nicole Johnson-Smith, Area Director, and Haley Anglin, Intake Therapist, address the struggles of mental health issues in children and adolescents.

Virtual Stomp out the Stigma

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have converted our live event to a virtual 5K. Participants have the month of October to complete their 5K at their own pace and at any location they choose. Participants may document the time and date of completion of their walk/run, and then submit the information to the online registration page.

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Northeastern Center holds RIBBON CUTTING new NORTHEASTERN CENTER Residential Home and CENTRALIZED Maintenance FACILITY

On Thursday, August 13, at 1:00 PM, Northeastern Center cut the ribbon on their new Promise House residential home as well as a new maintenance facility.  The new facilities located on Dagny Drive are accessible off of Dowling Street in Kendallville, just east of Opportunity Apartments.

The new 4,017 square foot Promise House facility replaces an existing residential facility currently located in DeKalb County.  Promise House will be an eight-bed, short-term care facility for adults promoting wellness and recovery.

The new facility expands resident capacity from 7 beds to 8 beds.  In 2019 Promise House served 37 individuals.  In 2019 residents were 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

The new 6,382 square foot maintenance facility will now function as the central hub for all of Northeastern Center’s maintenance and transportation services for Noble, DeKalb, Lagrange, and Steuben counties.  Currently, Northeastern Center employs eight staff on their maintenance team.




On Tuesday, July 28, Northeastern Center presented the 2020, $750 Jane George Scholarship to DeKalb High School graduate, Chloe Taylor from Corunna, Indiana.

This fall, Chloe will be attending Ball State University where she will be pursuing a degree in Child Life with a minor in Psychology.

Dottie Fuentes, Northeastern Center’s Chief Clinical Officer made the check presentation to Chloe.

College-bound seniors from Steuben, LaGrange, DeKalb, & Noble counties, considering a career in mental health were encouraged to participate in the 2020 scholarship contest.  Entrants were asked to submit an essay focusing on two themes:  1 . “What in my life has motivated me to pursue a career in mental health.”   2. “How I plan to contribute to the future of mental health.”  Judges made up of Northeastern Center staff, selected Chloe, from all entrants, as the winner of the 2020 Scholarship.

The scholarship was created to remember Jane George, Nurse Case Manager, who was a dedicated Northeastern Center employee for more than seven years until her death from cancer in October of 2002.

Next year’s scholarship competition will begin in February and the winner will be selected in May.  Area students and teachers interested in the competition may contact Northeastern Center’s Administration Building in Kendallville, Indiana (260) 347-2453.


Northeastern Center Participating in Adventure Noble County

Adventure Noble Count is an interactive experience that inspires families with children to visit various locations throughout Noble County, Indiana by providing a “scavenger hunt” featuring our resident fairy, gnome, and troll homes to inspire imagination and teach participants about the culture and heritage of our beautiful communities.