Car Wash for a Cause

Throughout the month of October, if you purchase e-washes on-line at Crew Car Wash, they will donate 50% of the proceeds to Jessie's Kids Foundation.  E-washes make great holiday gifts!

Shop at the Jessie's Kids fundraising site at:

Save the Date for our Second Annual Chili Supper!

If we missed you last year, here's your chance to eat dinner with us for a good cause...

Jessie's Kids is hosting it's second annual Chili Supper

October 20, 2015
5-7 pm
Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds 
Home Ec Building

  • $5 per person
  • All you can eat chili, hotdogs, sides, desserts, and beverages.
  • Free ice cream for kids wearing Red Ribbon Week gear.
  • Raffle!

New Community Initiatives Strive to Increase Positive Outcomes for Youth

This summer, two initiatives led by Tippecanoe County’s Juvenile Court will emphasize the importance of interactions between authority figures and youth in our community. 

The first initiative is Community Policing, a concept based on building relationships to encourage active participation in community safety.  The initiative involves off-duty law enforcement officers from the Lafayette Police Department visiting neighborhoods throughout the city just to engage with youth and families.  Captain Kurt Wolf of the Lafayette Police Department states, “We are looking forward to just dropping by to talk to kids and families in non-crisis situations.  This will provide us an opportunity to build relationships.  Ultimately, we want kids to learn to run to us, not from us.  That step alone will improve outcomes for everyone.” 

Teaching the Teen Brain, the second initiative, resulted from a collaborative meeting between juvenile justice professionals, school officials, and other community members.  Dr. Brandie Oliver, Assistant Professor in School Counseling of Butler University, developed a training curriculum focused on adolescent brain development, the impact of trauma, and strategies to strengthen brain development.  The initiative is funded by United Way.  Lafayette School Corporation and Tippecanoe School Corporation educators will attend the first Teaching the Teen Brain training on August 7th learning interventions and methods of engaging youth based on the adolescent brain.  Additional sessions will be offered throughout the year. 

These initiatives derive from Tippecanoe County’s involvement with the overarching Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) funded through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Department of Correction.  JDAI is a statewide juvenile justice reform effort.  Tippecanoe County is one of three early JDAI pilot sites in Indiana.  Tippecanoe County’s involvement has resulted locally in a 56% reduction in secure detention admissions from 2010 through 2014 while continuing to maintain community safety as evidenced by a corresponding 20% decrease in juvenile arrests during that same time frame. Further financial support for these programs has been provided by Jessie's Kids Foundation.

Jessie's Kids Need Your Plastic Caps!

The kids in Tippecanoe County Youth Service programs are collecting plastic lids/bottle caps that will be recycled into a park bench for the grounds of Cary Home.  They need to collect 450 pounds of plastic to make one bench.  

If you would like to help, you can bring your plastic donations to 1530 S. 18th or we can arrange a pick-up.  We can use any all-plastic cap or lid that is free of metal such as:

CAPS to medicine bottles, drink bottles, milk jugs, ketchup/mustard flip tops, detergent, hair spray, spray paint, toothpaste, ointment, or deodorant.

LIDS to butter, cottage cheese, whipped topping, mayonnaise, coffee cans, yogurt, cream cheese, peanut butter, ice cream, or 5-gallon buckets. 

If you're not sure if something you have that is all-plastic qualifies, we'll take it.  If it doesn't work for this project, we'll be sure it's recycled appropriately. 

Save the Date!

We are having a Chili Supper!

October 21, 2014
5-7 pm
Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds 
Home Ec Building

  • All you can eat chili, hotdogs, sides, desserts, and beverages.  
  • Free ice cream for kids wearing Red Ribbon Week gear.
  • Door Prizes
  • Silent Auction

Sponsored by Wendy's, Arni's, Texas Road House, Triple XXX Family Restaurant, Great Harvest, Gordon's Food Service, Wal-Mart, Pay-Less, Lafayette Community Bank, Sargent Preston's, Shellie's Cafe, Sam's Club, Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County, Chik-fil-a, McAlister's Deli, Ice Cream Specialities, and Java Roaster.  

Get a Car Wash & Help Kids in Tippecanoe County!

Mike's LogoWe are currently selling Mike's Car Washes.  50% of all sales made through the website will be donated to Jessie's Kids.   Sale ends August 31, so get yours today!

Our Savanna is turning 1!

Join us as we help spiff up our 1-year-old savanna.    We need volunteers to help replace plants and tidy up the native plant area in front of Cary Home.  Our first work day of the season is April 22 from 4-6 pm.  You can register at or just show up ready to work.