Lake and Porter County Shelters for Displaced Individuals – Dangerously low temperatures are forecasted for the first week of January. Please help those less fortunate find a safe and warm place to stay.

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Information for Displaced Individuals

As we all scramble to get our Christmas shopping done, and make sure we have all the fixings for the huge feasts we tend to prepare, let us not forget the less fortunate who have been displaced for various reasons.

There are many in Lake and Porter County who will be sleeping in cars, underpasses and boxes since they are not aware of the shelters in the area. Please show the true Christmas spirit and help them get to a shelter. Just this morning a friend bought a homeless person a cup of coffee. If you do not want to assist, call the non-emergency numbers for your local law enforcement agencies or sheriff’s departments.

Places displaced normally stay or hang out in cold weather;

  • Entrance of Walmart, Myers, Target or Kmarts
  • Coffee Shops
  • Churches during services –
  • Trucks, Cars, Trailers
  • Warming Shelters if available
  • Any open store or restaurant until they are thrown out

Typically police officers will try to transport the displaced person to a warming or homeless shelter if it’s within their jurisdiction. Many communities do not have shelters.

Non-Emergency Numbers for Sheriff Departments

Lake County Police Non-Emergency (219)660-0001

Porter County Police Non-Emergency (219) 477.3000

It will be cold and snowy on Christmas Eve and colder on Christmas day. Let’s show some heart and help our fellow humans get to a safe warm place.

You can also check with the minister or priest of the church you attend. Many churches in the area will provide temporary shelter for these less fortunate. In some cases, churches will have a fund for a hotel room for displaced individuals.

The following is a list of shelters for displaced or homeless individuals in Lake and Porter County. If you know of any shelters not listed, please leave the information in the comments. In addition, I believe there are a few churches and halls that serve a Christmas meal on Christmas day. If any of you know of these places, again leave info in the comments.

Lake County

  • Rescue Mission – Men’s Shelter
  • 519 State St.
  • Hammond, IN
  • (219)932-5085

  • Brother’s Keeper
  • 2120 Broadway
  • Gary, IN
  • (219)882-4459

  • Calumet Township Emergency Shelter
  • 1900 W. 42st Ave.
  • Gary, IN
  • (219)880-4900

  • Catholic Charities Gateway Housing
  • 940 Broadway
  • Gary, IN
  • (219)886-3549

  • Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of Gary
  • 176 S West St.
  • Crown Point IN
  • (219)879-9312

Porter County

  • New Creations Men’s Shelter
  • 2102 Calumet Ave.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • (219)286-7061

  • Gabriel’s Horn – Family Shelter
  • 792 McCool Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • (219)364-8018

Added Resources 

  • Housing Opportunities –
  • 2001 N. Calumet Ave,
  • Valparaiso –
  • 219-548-2800 – short-term shelter for men and women, day center for women, temporary, permanent, and supportive housing, and foreclosure prevention. www.hoi.help

    The Caring Place –

  • 1-800-933-0466 – Domestic violence shelter. That’s their 24-hour emergency help number. Call it if you need it! www.thecaringplacenwi.org

    First Contact –

  • offices in Valparaiso, Portage, and Chesterton –
  • 219-462-8332 – Christian resource and referral agency that provides financial help pooled from multiple churches, plus refers to other resources in the community, like the township trustees. www.firstcontactinc.org

    211 – Phone number for finding social services, like 911 for first responders or 411 for information. Goes way beyond Porter County. 211.org

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