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Partner Agency Network

United Way of Porter County supports a coordinated network of health and human service programs in partnership with the following area nonprofits.

ALICE’S HALFWAY HOUSE FOR WOMEN (219) 462-7600
Alice’s House engages in educational, charitable, and social welfare activities connected with the habilitation and rehabilitation of women suffering from chemical dependency and related disorders. The core of this program is a 24 hour, staffed, 12-step recovery program for women who wish to recover from alcoholism and drug addictions, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

AMERICAN RED CROSS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA (219) 756-5360
The American Red Cross serves members of the United States Armed forces and their families both at home and overseas. They help the service man and his family face critical problems. In addition, the Red Cross provides immediate emergency assistance, including food for disaster victims, shelter, clothing, medical and nursing aid, etc. The American Red Cross Blood Program collects and processes blood from volunteer donors and makes it available for the care of the sick and injured. There are nursing programs which provide volunteer nursing services in the blood programs and disaster relief, and courses taught in first aid, water safety and AIDS education.

BOY SCOUTS – CALUMET COUNCIL (219) 836-1720
Scouting is an educational program dedicated to character development, citizenship training, mental and physical fitness. It’s aim is to develop healthy participating citizens of moral integrity and worth. Some of the services of the local council are professional staff guidance, service center operation, camps, activities and training. The local council’s main objective is to provide the scouting program to all who wish to use it.

BOY SCOUTS – LASALLE COUNCIL (800) 822-3867
Scouting is an educational program dedicated to character development, citizenship training, mental and physical fitness. It’s aim is to develop healthy participating citizens of moral integrity and worth. Some of the services of the local council are professional staff guidance, service center operation, camps, activities and training. The local council’s main objective is to provide the scouting program to all who wish to use it.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PORTER COUNTY
Valparaiso: (219) 462-2182
Chesterton: (219) 926-9770
Portage: (219) 762-4613
South Haven: (219) 759-2565

The Boys & Girls Clubs is a guidance based organization. It serves boys and girls ranging in age from 6-18. Programs offer services in seven core areas: citizenship and leadership development, personal adjustment, social recreation, outdoor education, physical education, cultural enrichment, and child care.

CARING PLACE (219) 464-0840
The Caring Place, Inc. provides short-term emergency shelter and crisis intervention, as well as community-based support groups, community education, counseling, social service and entitlement systems for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault and their dependents.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES (219) 762-1177
Catholic Charities provides counseling for family, individuals, and couples management skills. They provide material assistance, financial assistance and advocacy for qualifying families. Program availability may vary. They provide adoption services and assistance to families interested in adoption of infants, children with special needs and international adoptions.

CRISIS CENTER (800) 519-0469; (219) 938-0900
(800) SUICIDE (784-2433)

Crisis Center is a telephone emergency crisis help-line and referral service. Calls are received by trained volunteers. Through volunteers, the Crisis Center provides a listening ear for anyone experiencing a crisis and makes calls to the elderly and shut-ins.

DAYSPRING WOMEN'S CENTER (219) 510-5432
Dayspring Women's Center serves women and their children who are homeless, previously homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.  They provide a welcoming and hospitable environment where women can receive support as they journey towards stability and wholeness.  It is not an overnight shelter.  They also provide counseling services to individuals and families in such areas as social adjustment, marital discord, unmarried parenthood, employment, and consultation services.

DEAF SERVICES, INC. (219) 769-6506
Deaf Services, Inc. is a community service program serving adult deaf residents. Primary services provided to hearing impaired people are: interpreters, community education, telephone relay, referrals, and advocacy. To hearing residents, deaf awareness programs are provided for the community.

DUNEBROOK (219) 874-0007
The mission of this organization is to advocate for children and provide positive family support and education.  Dunebrook works to increase community awareness of child abuse and neglect and coordinates services for child abuse victims and their families.  Dunebrook works collaboratively with many agencies to provide parenting education and support programs.

DUNELAND YMCA (219) 926-4204
The Duneland YMCA, in Chesterton, serves Northeast Porter County with a variety of programs and activities for the development of the individual physically, socially and mentally. The programs are conducted in a Christian atmosphere with trained staff. The Duneland YMCA facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, baseball and soccer field, gymnasium, racquetball courts, day care, after school care, and Nautilus facility.

FAMILY & YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU OF PORTER COUNTY (219) 464-9585
The Family & Youth Services Bureau offers 17 counseling programs and services to families and individual people from infancy to seniors.  Programs are designed to help Porter County residents create and establish new paths for their lives, which in turn has a positive impact on the community.

FAMILY HOUSE, INC. (219) 464-4160
Family House's purpose is to provide a homelike setting for children under the jurisdiction of the Division of Family and Children or those involved in custody or visitation disputes to visit with their non-custodial parent(s). In addition, Family House provides informative and supportive services to parents and children to aid in rehabilitating, strengthening, and preserving families and in preventing child abuse.

FRONTLINE FOUNDATIONS (219) 728-1638
Frontline Foundation's mission is to serve as a source of hope to men and women suffering from alcohol and drug abuse while also providing an effective treatment and recovery support system.

GABRIEL’S HORN (219) 364-1448
Gabriel’s Horn is a non-profit emergency shelter established for the residents of Porter County. Its main purpose is to provide emergency housing assistance to individuals or families in times of economic hardships.

GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER CHICAGO AND NW INDIANA (219) 795-9640
The Girl Scouts inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service that they may become happy resourceful citizens. The Girl Scout Council provides an informal educational program designed to meet the developmental, educational, emotional and social needs and interests of girls ages 5-17.

HEALTHLINC (219) 462-7173
HealthLinc meets the primary and preventive medical, dental care, and vision needs of those low-income Porter County residents who are uninsured or underinsured; also children, pregnant women and the disabled who lack adequate access to medical care within their home county.

HILLTOP NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE (219) 477-4222
Hilltop Neighborhood House provides a full time, year round child care program with scholarships and subsidies for children of low-income families. Children from ages 6 weeks through kindergarten are cared for. After-school programs for school-age students provide homework help along with other supervised activites in the Reiner Community Center. A food pantry and clothing distribution called the Village Market provides assistance to low-income families in the Hilltop Neighborhood area.

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES (219) 548-2800
Housing Opportunities serves the community through the development and provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing and customized support services to program participants. They break the cycle of homelessness by providing preventative services and crisis intervention for low income working families, disabled individuals, families in economic crisis, and those transitioning form a homeless crisis. Homeless individuals and families as well as those at high risk of homelessness can obtain and sustain housing, become financially independent, and become contributing members of our community.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF PORTER COUNTY (219) 462-6267
The association is an advocacy and education organization whose purpose is to promote mental wellness through education and information. They strive to raise the standard of care and to preserve the dignity of those suffering from mental illness. Programs include health financial aid and support groups.

MORAINE HOUSE, INC. (219) 464-9983
Moraine House, Inc. is a half-way house for recovering substance abusers. They provide a family-like environment to enable men to learn and practice the 12 steps of recovery. They also provide an information and referral service and an educational service available to the community.

NEIGHBORS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY (219) 850-4448
Neighbors Education Opportunity's mission is to provide educational opportunities for all adults, sixteen years of age and older. The organization provides the following program characteristics: family literacy, adult basic education/ illiteracy elimination, adult secondary education, GED preparation and testing, English as a second language, homeless outreach, migrant outreach, customized programming.

NEW CREATION MEN’S CENTER (219) 548-3548
The New Creation Men’s Center is a Christian-based daytime center open to homeless men of Porter County, providing an oasis for struggling homeless men when the burden of being homeless becomes too much, and they desire a change. The Men’s Center provides fundamental, day-to-day services that would otherwise seem impossible and out of reach, such as employment assistance, case management, counseling, group therapy/life skills sessions, and laundry and shower facilities.

NORTHSHORE HEALTH CENTER (219) 763-8112
The goal of Northshore Health Center is to offer affordable health care to income eligible Portage Township residents. In addition to medical services, the clinic will focus on prevention and wellness education, and serve as a referral agency, when appropriate, to meet additional patient needs.

NORTHWEST INDIANA COMMUNITY ACTION CORP. (219) 794-1829; (800) 826-7871
The Northwest Indiana Community Action Corp. is the 211 helpline call center for the counties of Jasper, Lake, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, and Starke. 211 is the national abbreviated dialing code for access to health and human services information and referral. Free and confidential help is available for many needs, including housing, employment, legal aid, counseling, and more. They also carry out a variety of programs that serve the unique needs of low-income families, seniors and disabled individuals throughout Northwest Indiana, including housing, energy assistance, outreach, and family development services.

OPPORTUNITY ENTERPRISES (219) 464-9621
Opportunity Enterprises Inc. provides employment, therapeutic, early intervenion and residential services to individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities, from birth through retirement. Their mission is to promote self-sufficiency and life choices for challenged individuals through the wide range of human services they provide.

PARENTS AS TEACHERS OF PORTER COUNTY (219) 395-8412 Parents as Teachers is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their children enter kindergarten.  The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families.  Their mission is to provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the critical early years of life.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP YMCA (219) 762-2012
Portage Township YMCA serves the community with programs for preschoolers through seniors. Toddler classes, preschool, fitness, swimming, gymnastics, karate/ju-jitso, lifestyle changing and aquasize classes are offered by trained professionals. The Y operates a Child Care and Development Center which offers all day child care with an educational component and a before and after school care program which offers child care for ages Kindergarten through middle school year round (K-Care & Y-Care). It also provides open sessions for recreational swimming, lap swims, basketball and volleyball. See website for details on programs an membership.

PORTER COUNTY ASSOCIATION FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN & ADULTS (219) 730-3981
The Porter County Association for Handicapped Children & Adults provides financial aid to handicapped residents in the following ways: assistance in purchase/rental of equipment, and lifelines; reimbursement for transportation to clinics or hospitals, etc., for treatment.

PORTER COUNTY AGING & COMMUNITY SERVICES (219) 464-9736
The Porter County Council On Aging & Community Services distributes information about the aging population, acts as a coordinating body for services available for the aging, develops public awareness of the needs for older citizens and acts as a catalyst to implement volunteers. In direct program services the Council provides transportation and escort service for elderly and handicapped for shopping, trips to the doctor; newsletter publications and nutrition programs in Portage, Chesterton and Valparaiso, energy assistance program, lifeline and support groups.

PORTER COUNTY P.A.C.T. (219) 462-1127
Porter County PACT is concerned about assisting prisoners and ex-offenders to achieve personal and economic stability within the large community so that they do not have to revert to criminal activity. The services include counseling, social services, day reporting service, community service restitution program and a reconciliation program.

PORTER COUNTY EDUCATION SERVICES (219) 464-9607
SELF provides individualized educational therapeutic services to children with handicapping conditions including speech and language disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment, behavioral disorders and mental retardation.

PORTER-STARKE SERVICES (219) 531-3500
Porter-Starke Services, Inc., is a comprehensive community mental health center that primarily serves residents of Porter and Starke Counties. Outpatient services for all ages, and consultation, education, 24-hour emergency, prevention, community support, chemical dependency, employee assistance, and residential services are provided through satellite offices in Chesterton, Knox, Portage and Valparaiso.

ST. AGNES ADULT DAY SERVICE CENTER (219) 477-5433
St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center provides daily care and socialization for adults with various infirmities associated with aging, including varying degrees of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This service also provides the Participant’s caregiver respite to pursue a job during the day or other needed activities away from the Participant. The center provides an environment in which all that occurs is directed toward improving the quality of each adult participant’s life. This is accomplished by treating every Participant with the highest level of dignity and respect – regardless of financial, physical, emotional, social, or mental impairments.

THE SALVATION ARMY (219) 762-9191
The Salvation Army provides emergency service needs to our community, such as rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, medical prescriptions, food, disaster relief, tutoring programs, women’s fellowship group, and after school character building activities for children.

URBAN LEAGUE OF NORTHWEST INDIANA (219) 887-9621
The mission of the Urban League is to promote services in education, economic empowerment, health/wellness, civic leadership, civil rights, and social justice.  They support and promote neighborhood community collaborations toward the improvement, capacity building, and awareness of citizens throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, which would encourage a better quality of life.

VALPARAISO YMCA (219) 462-4185
The Valparaiso Family YMCA is an inclusive, inter-faith charitable organization founded in Christian principles and traditions, dedicated to instilling the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and providing for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a part of the national and worldwide Y movement, the Valparaiso Family YMCA is all about promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  The Valparaiso Family YMCA serves both Valparaiso, Indiana and the surrounding townships and has a membership of nearly 15,000 people. The Y’s vision is to impact the community by expanding mission-driven programs through active collaboration with other organizations to influence positive decision-making that promotes healthy lifestyles while welcoming diversity and embracing inclusion. Facilities and programs available to the community include: Child Care and Preschool programs, wellness, sports, aquatics (two indoor pools), special needs and family enrichment programs. The Y also has an outdoor Pavilion and Community Room which are both available for special events and rentals.

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION OF PORTER COUNTY (219) 462-5195
The Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County (VNA) is a nonprofit organization, providing home health care to patients in the community who are recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill and require medical treatment, pain control and symptom management, and/or assistance with the activities of daily living.The VNA's home care program includes: skilled nursing care; home health aide services; nutritional support; physical, occupational and speech therapies; home hospice and inpatient hospice care; telehealth; and medical social services. The VNA also provides supportive care including Meals on Wheels, Companion Homemaker and Lifeline. These programs allow our patients and clients to safely remain in their own home for as long as possible. The VNA also offers grief support for children, teens, young adults and families with age appropriate activities and support groups through the VNA Phoenix Center.

 

 

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