PRIMARY MINISTRIES OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES


Catholic Charities helps transform the lives of poor and vulnerable people in the Diocese of Gary. Every day, staff and volunteers serve those in great need, helping them build a better future.

We are here to help you and we have several ways of doing it. Below is a brief description of the programs we provide:

Community Outreach (Emergency Services)

A safe and decent home allows parents to maintain jobs, children to stay in the same schools, and the local economy to be supported. Having a home also underscores the inherent dignity of the persons who live there. Our Community Outreach program provides financial assistance and long-term support services to help resolve issues that may lead to financial instability and homelessness. We can help with past due rent/mortgage, and utilities. We also offer various care packages during the year to help families with material assistance items so they can take steps towards self-sufficiency. By providing financial assistance through our Community Outreach program, Catholic Charities is creating hope and a brighter future for individuals and families at risk of eviction, or their gas or light disconnection. 

To receive more information and/or schedule an appointment please email:  outreach@catholic-charities.org.   When sending an email, please indicate the area in which you reside.

Food Pantry

Catholic Charities ensures access to proper nutrition to struggling families throughout the Diocese of Gary via healthy options at our pantry.  We are USDA certified which allows us to provide fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products throughout the year as well as our regular food items received from the Northwest Indiana Food Bank and from donations.  Our staff is trained and certified through the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.  The food pantry is open five days a week with two distribution days: Tuesdays from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Fridays from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon.  An Indiana ID is required.  The food pantry is in our East Chicago Office.

If your organization, church, school, or youth group would be interested in holding a food drive for our pantry,  please contact Elizabeth Acevedo.  

We are always looking for volunteers for our food pantry.  Volunteers are needed to check clients in, pack bags, unload trucks, and stock shelves.  We are also in need of someone with a pick up truck that can pick up food at the Foodbank of Northwest Indiana in Merrillville and deliver to our East Chicago office and/or someone that would drive for our mobile food pantry.  If interested or have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Acevedo.   

Elizabeth Acevedo's contact information:  219.397.5803 Ext 205,  Email:  eacevedo@catholic-charities.org

Mobile Food Pantry

We take our services out into the community distributing healthy food to individuals and families, old and young alike, in the four counties of Northwest Indiana—Lake, LaPorte, Porter, and Starke.

Angel Clothing Closet

The Angel Clothing Closet is located inside our East Chicago office and provides gently used, seasonal clothing to families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds. We do our best to offer high-quality, slightly used seasonal clothing throughout the year. All of the clothing provided comes from community donations. The closet is open the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month from 10:00 am to 12 noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We are always in need of clothing, shoes, coats, and other items that benefit others.

Women's Care Center (WCC)

WCC offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, and group parenting classes. Since opening in 2012, abortions in our community have declined by 38% - saving hundreds of babies in Lake County.

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 Immigration Services

Catholic Charities educates incoming immigrants about U.S. Immigration Laws, including visa information, legal employment, and status of immigration reform legislation. We provide advice, support, and advocacy to immigrants regarding employment opportunities and employee rights. We also help immigrants find classes to learn English as a second language (ESL) and help with filing state and federal taxes. We have attorney partners and assistants who provide legal assistance for immigration concerns, and other areas of law. Offering support of the church and religious community by providing safeguards for the dignity of all immigrants.

Free Legal Services

Available in our East Chicago office to help with employment, tenant/landlord, and other legal matters.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, and the Diocese of Gary have teamed up to develop Tabor House, a home for a low-income family ready for taking a giant step toward self-sufficiency.

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Financial Workshops

We offer financial workshops to help clients on a path to self-sufficiency. Our workshops provide financial literacy and education training to help individuals increase their financial status and improve money management skills. Topics include budgeting, spending plans, credit rating, fair housing, landlord and tenant laws, and more. 

For dates, times, and locations, please email us at outreach@catholic-charities.org.

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