American Indian Center of Indiana: “Been down the same road”

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By Kerry Davis
Indianapolis, Indiana - (NFIC) 3-09

What better person to have as a case manager than someone who has been down the same road as the people she serves.

Such is the case for Regina Condon (Navajo/Sioux), a case manager at the American Indian Center of Indiana, Inc., (AICI).

There was a period of time a few years ago when circumstances in her life left Condon in need of assistance so she could make a fresh start. Referred to the AICI by her father, she received some initial help until she was able to get a job working in the hospitality field.

When her hours were cut there, she came to the AICI as a volunteer to help fill her time, and also spent many hours at the library building her computer skills to help prepare her for a better job. Her hard work paid off when Condon recently completed the participant program and became a full time case manager at the American Indian Center.

She brings to her job a sense of compassion and understanding, and says, “It’s important to get to know the participants, their families and their needs,” adding, “I tell them I’ve been there and it’ll get better, but it won’t change overnight.”

Condon is currently assisting about 30 people; some are getting their GEDs, others are college students or adults in need of employment or additional workforce skills.

When not working, Condon enjoys watching movies and spending time with her children, Kanani, Ambriel, Saria, Lanaya and Erick. “I like getting them outdoors as much as possible, to see and do things,” she said. “We like to go swimming, take trips to the park, and attend powwows.”