Our Services

Emergency Services

Catholic Charities offers assistance to families and individuals who need emergency help, including:

  • Past Due Rent / Mortgage Assistance
  • Past Due Utilities Assistance (water, sewer, electric, & gas)
  • Security Deposit / First Month's Rent Assistance
  • NIPSCO Deposit and Establishing Services
  • Food Pantry
  • Legal Aid Counseling

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Counseling Services

Our Counseling Services program offers care for adults, families, adolescents, and children with mental health issues and crisis intervention.
We treat all our clients as individuals, tailoring care to the client’s specific needs, including providing school-based therapy within various elementary and high schools throughout Northwest Indiana. Specialized treatment that we can offer clients include:

  • Depression
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Grief / Loss
  • Post-traumatic Stress
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Family Conflict
  • Family Therapy
  • School Issues
  • Behavioral Problems

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Immigration Assistance

The Immigrant Support and Assistance Center (ISAAC) exists to protect and promote the fundamental rights and civil liberties of the immigrant population within the four counties of the Diocese of Gary in Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Starke). ISAAC’s main purpose is to educate and support immigrants throughout our community who are most vulnerable. Below is a list of ways ISAAC provides services to immigrants in need:

  • Helping immigrants fully integrate into mainstream life within the United States by providing housing and health care opportunities as well as family counseling.
  • Educating incoming immigrants about U.S. Immigration Laws, including visa information, legal employment, and status of immigration reform legislation.
  • Providing advice, support, and advocacy to immigrants regarding employment opportunities and employee rights.
  • Offering support of the church and religious community by providing safeguards for the dignity of all immigrants.
  • Providing direction and assistance to immigrants in learning English as a second language (ESL).
  • On-site lawyer and assistants who provide legal assistance for immigration concerns, criminal matters, and other areas of law.

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Gateway Supportive Housing

Catholic Charities has operated a Gateway program since 2006. 110 adults and 60 children have received permanent supportive housing during the past 10 years. Clients are housed first, then they are encouraged to work on certain issues that might have contributed to or even caused their homelessness. Housing can occur anywhere in Lake County with landlords willing to work with the Gateway program. Current housing is located in Gary, Hammond, Merrillville, Hobart, Lake Station and Whiting.

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Senior Companion Program

Seniors 55 years and older assist frail, often homebound, elderly citizens maintain independence. Senior Companion volunteers assist other older adults to live independently and be able to continue living at home and avoid the need for more expensive, less personal care. The companions assist with grocery shopping and other daily tasks necessary to maintaining independence or simply "act as a friend" and visit with their peer. Catholic Charities’ Senior Companion program also offers respite care.

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Foster Grandparent Program

Seniors 55 years and older help children in need through one-on-one mentoring, with literacy assistance, and through support in various community settings.

Foster Grandparent volunteers give children and youth the much-needed attention that can change lives. These special volunteers tutor and mentor children and youth one-on-one in school and community settings.

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Women's Care Center

Since opening in 2012, approximately 5,300 women visited to the Women’s Care Center (WCC) located on Indianapolis Blvd., in Hammond, IN more than 34,000 times. Nearly 100,000 items have been earned and distributed through the Crib Club Earn and Learn program since 2012. Since opening this WCC in 2012, abortions in our community have declined by 38% - helping to save hundreds of moms and babies in Lake County. More than 3,800 clients attended parenting, nutrition, financial literacy or other types of educational workshops to strengthen their family.

  • Free pregnancy testing & ultrasounds
  • Pregnancy support in many different ways
  • WCC will support its clients during their pregnancies as well as after the birth of their child
  • Through participation in the WCC’s program, clients can earn brand new items for their baby through the organization’s “Crib Club”
  • Parental Education
  • Group Parenting Classes
  • Crib Club Coupons (for diapers, wipers, cribs, car seats, clothing, blankets, bottles, toiletries and toys)
  • Pregnancy support in many different ways

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