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Community Resources

Agape - Respite Care

298 N. Forest Park Dr.
Berne, IN 46711

Phone: (260) 589-3351
Agape Respite Care is committed to providing care and support services across the life span for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities to enable them to remain in their chosen community.

Built in 2002, the Agape House provides a beautiful home-style atmosphere that is equipped with all the features needed for special care. Trained care providers are available 24/7 to provide love and care for your family member while you are away.

Customer Care &
Crisis Call Center: 800-832-5442
Centerstone's mission is to prevent and cure mental illness and addiction.

For over 50 years, Centerstone has responded to the behavioral healthcare needs of individuals and families, regardless of age or the severity of challenges. Our broad range of professional services is designed to ensure that sensitive, individualized care is available to everyone seeking help.
Jay County Hospital
Community Wellness

500 West Votaw St.
Portland, IN 47371

Local: (260) 726-7131
Toll Free: 877-726-7131
Jay County Hospital is dedicated to ongoing education and offers many staffing, in-patient and out-patient programs such as:
• American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR, First Aid, and AED training
• Congestive Heart Failure Classes
• Cardiac Support Group
• Childbirth Classes & Lactation Education
• STOP weight management program
• Safe Sitter training

See their Community Wellness page for more details.
Jay-Randolph Developmental Services, Inc. (JRDS)

Jay County Office:
Administrative Offices
901 E. Water Street
Portland, IN 47371

Phone: 260-726-7931
Toll Free: 877-726-7931
Fax: 260-726-8184
JRDS is dedicated to providing quality services which empower persons with special needs to pursue their individual goals in a variety of community settings.

Jay-Randolph Developmental Services (JRDS) is a private non-profit community social service agency serving people with special needs. JRDS services are person-centered, individualized and provided according to the needs and preferences of the person served.
Meridian Health Services

Muncie Campus (Main Office)
240 N. Tillotson Avenue
Muncie, IN 47304

Phone: 765-288-1928
Phone: 866-306-2647
Fax: 765-741-0359
Meridian Health Services is a progressive healthcare organization that believes in treating the “whole person” integrating physical, mental and social well-being to help people achieve their optimum health. This approach connects treatments and doctors working together to heal both the body and mind for total well-being.
Not only does Meridian’s spectrum of services connect medical and behavioral health, but also delivers programs focused on human services like independent living support, job skills training, foster care for special needs children, to counseling and support services for victims of child abuse. Meridian is the first and currently only behavioral healthcare system in Indiana to offer such care.
Portland Office
931 W. Water St.
Portland, IN 47371

Phone: 260-726-9348
Fax: 260-726-9340
Meridian Health
Emergency Services:

800-333-2647 or
Youth Service Bureau (YSB)

Office Location and
Mailing address:
603 West Arch Street
Portland, IN 47371

Available 24/7 at:
(260) 726-8520

Fax: (260)726-8535

Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Monday through Friday

e-mail: ysbjc@ysbjc.com
To assist children, youth, and families in achieving their greatest potential.

The Youth Service Bureau strives to create a stable, caring, secure environment where our staff
and clients can develop the necessary skills to improve personal traits, attitudes, behaviors, and
relationships. Building personal and professional integrity through honesty and ethical practices.
To establish this organization as one of the leaders in advocating for youth and families.
To respectfully communicate with youth and families, others within the organization, and those in the
communities we serve.

Arts Place
131 East Walnut Street
P.O. Box 804
Portland, IN 47371

Phone: (260) 726-4809
Toll-free: (866) 539-9911
Fax: (260) 726-2081

Fall Hours (September through May)
10:00 A.M.– 9:00 P.M.
Monday – Thursday

10:00 A.M.– 6:00 P.M.

Summer Hours
(Memorial Day- Labor Day)
9:00 A.M.– 6:00 P.M.
Monday – Friday
Arts Place nurtures the creative spirit by making arts experiences, education, and services accessible to the region's residents, artists and cultural organizations. This is summed up in our maxim:
"Nurturing the creative spirit in anyone."

Arts in the Parks Summer Program

The Hudson Family Park Amphitheatre
2014 Summer Series
Hudson Family Park Amphitheatre is located at
500 South Wayne Street, Portland, IN.


Dunkirk Public Library

and Glass Museum

127 West Washington St.
Dunkirk, IN 47336

Phone: (765) 768-6872
Fax: (765) 768-6894

Hours: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday & Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Tuesday & Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday
Closed Wednesday & Sunday

e-mail: bdavidson@dunkirk.lib.in.us
The Dunkirk Public Library welcomes and supports all people in their enjoyment of reading and their pursuit of lifelong learning through a variety of technological means.

The Glass Museum is currently exhibiting over 8,000 pieces of glassware from 110 factories around the world. We have glass that was made locally at Indiana Glass in Dunkirk and other area factories including 25 leaded lamps, 25 leaded windows and an exhibit of cup plates, which were primarily manufactured on the East coast.
Jay County Historical Society

903 East Main Street
Portland, IN 47371

Phone: (260) 726-7168
Fax: (260) 726-7178

Hours: 10:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M.
Monday through Friday

e-mail: research@jaycountyhistory.org
The Jay County Historical Society is a volunteer organization of historically minded individuals who maintain the Jay County Historical Museum, who collect and preserve artifacts related to Jay County, who research and record the history and genealogy of Jay County and who safeguard the arts and cultural heritage of Jay County for future generations.
Jay County Public Library

315 North Ship St.
Portland, IN 47371

Phone: (260) 726-7890
Fax: (260) 726-7317

8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Saturday
Closed Sunday

e-mail: newsnotes@jaycpl.lib.in.us
(general contact only, not a reference service)
Library Events and Programs


Kidsheet: the library’s monthly newsletter for kids and their families.


Teen Corner: the library’s monthly newsletter for young people in grades 6 – 12.

John Jay Center for Learning

101 S. Meridian St.
Portland, IN 47371

Phone: (260) 729-5525
Fax: (260) 726-4586

8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday – Thursday
8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Friday

e-mail: info@johnjaycenter.com
(General Information or Questions)
To inspire individuals by creating an environment where learning leads to quality of life and economic viability.

Programs and classes include:

• IVY Tech Seasonal Schedule
• Indiana Wesleyan Degree Program
• Earn Your High School Diploma
• Earn Your GED
• Online Driver's Education

Portland Work One Center

107 S. Meridian Street
Portland, IN 47371
Phone: (260) 726-8316
Fax: (260) 726-8431

Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 PM.
Monday through Friday

e-mail: jay@work-one.org
For Young People
We even have special resources for young job seekers, including all types of materials, Internet links, job fairs, and other resources to help you find a great job, or plan your career.

For Job Seekers
If you are a job seeker, considering a change in employment, or developing a plan for your career, WorkOne can be your source for information, referrals, placement assistance and other services. That includes access to WorkOne's CS3 computerized job matching system that lists hundreds of current job postings. We are also the local contact for unemployment insurance, as well as for special services available to veterans, job seekers over the age of 55, and those in special circumstances or with specific barriers to employment.


1891 W. State Road 67
Portland, IN 47371

Phone: (260) 726-8780
Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and
1:00 P.M – 4:30 P.M
Monday through Friday

e-mail: wpgw@jayco.net

WPGW is a locally owned and operated radio station in the heart of Jay County. WPGW takes pride in their coverage of local news and sports, community service, and being a local employer.
Jay County Public Library
provides a listing of Community Links,
Historical Organizations, and Local Events:



In partnership with our families and the community, the mission of the Jay School Corporation is to provide a quality educational program, which causes each student to think, reason, and communicate and to make positive contributions to our community.