Press Releases & Updates

UPDATE: Dunebrook’s Status Given COVID-19

We can’t believe that we’re quickly approaching the one-year anniversary of how COVID changed our lives. When we rang in 2020 on January 1, words like “Zoom” and “social distancing” were not in our vocabulary. 

At Dunebrook, we pivoted seamlessly to virtual home visits, employing safety measures for our Child Advocacy Center and working closely with schools to deliver our prevention education in the matter that best suited each school’s unique needs.  

Every cloud has its silver lining. Our silver lining has included ramping up our social media to help us stay connected and responsive to the community. Calling upon the talents and knowledge of our staff, we introduced our weekly livestream, Tuesday at Ten.  

Watch the show live every Tuesday at 10:00 am, or check out the replay on Facebook or You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/user/Dunebrook. 


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Welcome Nicole Williams!

Nikki joins Dunebrook as the Director of our new Parent and Family Education Program. A Portage, Indiana native, Nikki holds a BA in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.  

Nikki began her career as a Victim Advocate at a Child Advocacy Center in South Carolina. She also has experience in managing a program for at-risk youth, and experience in program development and coordination.  

Nikki is launching Dunebrook’s new Parent and Family Education Program, which is built upon the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting curricula. Dunebrook first introduced Nurturing Parenting in 1992, and through the years has delivered this dynamic program in parenting workshops, classes and home visitation, to both voluntary and mandated families.   

The Parent and Family Education Program will promote healthy physical and emotional development of parent-child relationships and teach appropriate developmental expectations and family roles.  

Nikki is excited to be back home in Indiana (even in winter) and part of the Dunebrook family.  

Watch for details on upcoming parenting workshops. 

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Holiday Shopping with Dunebrook’s Online Auction

Contact:  Pamela Henderson
Director of Development

7451 W. Johnson Rd.
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 874-0007
Fax:     (219) 872-4213

Holiday Shopping with Dunebrook’s Online Auction

Michigan City, IN – Nov. 19, 2020 – Enjoy your holiday shopping this year safely from the comforts of your own home by participating in Dunebrook’s Online Holiday Auction, running Nov. 20 through 10 pm on Dec. 10.

Jeanne Ann Cannon, Dunebrook’s Executive Director, explained that Dunebrook’s annual auction typically is held during the Spring Gala, but was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. “Like many organizations, we are trying to be creative in raising dollars, because the demand is great for our services and parents need support now more than ever.”

Spearheaded by Lisa Scheller, Director of Development, Dunebrook’s Holiday Auction includes dining opportunities, candy baskets, electronics, kitchen wares and more, with new items added every week. She says, “It’s so easy to participate – just go to https://bit.ly/Holiday20Auction ” A photo of every item is on this website.

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Dunebrook’s Response Plan & Status Given the COVID-19 Virus

Dunebrook continues our passion for strengthening and supporting parents and children and our work in child abuse prevention/intervention.

During these challenging days of the COVID-19 virus, Dunebrook continues our home visiting through virtual home visits in our Healthy Families Program.

Our Child Advocacy Program doors are also open as we continue the important role of interviewing children with suspected child abuse, particularly considering the increased stress in our communities.

And, if you are a parent that needs ideas and help with your child and family management, although our Public Education Programs in the schools have been interrupted, we will continue to post ideas and parenting tips here and on our website www.dunebrook.org.

We will prevail as a community, country and world navigating these uncertain times together!

Dunebrook can be reached at 1-219-874-0007 if you have any questions about our programs or related issues.

Wishing you all peace, patience and good health.

Jeanne Ann Cannon, LCSW
Executive Director

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