Bill Assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF):

First Contact coordinates requests for assistance from local churches. 61 Indiana Ave. 462.8332.


St. Paul Catholic Church has a clothing center:

Hilltop House Coat drives provide warm clothing during the cold winter months. They also offer vouchers for new shoes for children going back to school in September.

“The Shop” at First United Methodist Church has used clothing for a
very low price. It is housed in the Asbury Center Building on Chicago
St. and Franklin in downtown Valpo.

Credit, foreclosure and debt assistance programs

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of NWI. 219.980.4800 is a non-profit debt and credit counseling agency that helps people deal with debts and housing problems. They provide services and resources, and will be a liaison between consumers, banks and creditors. They provide creditors with free debt and foreclosure counseling, advice, education and information. Some of the services offered include:

  1. Free budget counseling and financial management
  2. Mortgage advice, including information on Indiana programs.
  3. First Time Home Buyer Programs
  4. Foreclosure and HUD counseling
  5. Debt management, assistance and credit counseling
  6. Reverse Mortgage counseling and advice
  7. Credit Report counseling and repair services

Domestic Violence

The Caring Place Hotline: 219.464.2128

National Domestic Violence Hot Line: 1.880.799.7233 (SAFE) or

Indiana Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.332.7385


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF):

Hilltop House Village Food Pantry:

First United Methodist Church has a food pantry housed in the Asbury
Center Building on Chicago St. and Franklin in downtown Valpo.

There is a free meal at Cafe Manna at St. Teresa Catholic Student Center every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30.  Everyone is welcome, no questions, no requirements.  Entrance to Cafe Manna is through an entrance off of a parking lot on Lincolnway although the church entrance is on LaPorte.

 First Christian Church on Glendale Blvd (btw Roosevelt and Sturdy) has occasional food assistance, but they generally refer people to the local Food Bank which is housed at Immanuel Lutheran Church Food Pantry:



Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF):


Men’s Shelter Schedule

Sunday: Valparaiso Mennonite Church, Silhavy Road north of Evans

Monday: Valparaiso Community Church, Campbell and Chicago (old St Paul School)
Tuesday: Liberty Bible Church, Calumet Avenue north of US 6
Wednesday: First Presbyterian Church, Valparaiso Street and Bullseye Lake Road

Thursday: Grace New Testament Church, Lafayette and Monroe

Friday: Valparaiso Church of the Nazarene, Glendale and Silhavy

Saturday: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Monticello and Glendale

New Creation Men’s Shelter: 219.548.3548 or

Women, Children and Family Shelters

Dayspring Women’s Shelter: 219.510.5432 or

Open Arms Shelter – community of seven churches.

 Women’s Shelter Schedule

Sunday: Living Hope Community Church, 1115 Calumet Ave, across from Old Fairgrounds Park

Monday: Faith Memorial Lutheran Church, 753 N. Calumet Ave, almost to Hwy 6, use back entrance by play area.

Tuesday: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 505 Bullseye Lake Road

Wednesday: Faith Church Valparaiso, 1155 Sturdy Rd, just south of Hwy 30, use double doors in back

Thursday: Union Community Church, 602 Monroe St, corner of Monroe and College

Friday: First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd, across from Valplayso

Saturday: Trinity Lutheran Church, 201 Washington St, corner of Washington & Chicago

Housing Opportunities offers low income housing options and a temporary (30-120 day) housing program for Porter County residents: 219.508.2800 x207 or


Free & Reduced Prescriptions: Free and reduced prescriptions


HealthLinc: Flyers available outside the office of Joseph Baruffi. They also will be at orientation.

NorthShore Health has locations in Portage, Chesterton. Lake Station,
Merrillville and Hammond:

Pet Medical Assistance


School supplies

Hilltop House School offers school supplies in September for children going back to school.

Sexual Assault

 Sexual Assault Awareness & Facilitative Education (SAAFE): 219.464.6860

Sexual Assault National Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE

VU Counseling: 219.464.5002

Sports Physicals for students (reduced rate)

North Shore Health Centers. Chesterton, Portage, Merrillville, Hammond and Lake Station. 219.763.8112

Suicidal Ideation

VU Counseling: 219.464.5002

Porter-Starke Services: 219.476.4551

Veterans Crisis Line: 1.800.273.8255 (Press 1)


Utilities or 800.4NIPSCO.

  1. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  2. Customer Assistance for Residential Energy Discount Program
  3. Hardship Program
  4. Payment Arrangements

Veteran Issues


Or contact Andrea Welch, Executive Director for Retention and Student Success, at or at


First Contact coordinates requests for assistance from local churches. Porter County Indiana residents can get help with rent, emergency medicine, and utilities. 61 Indiana Ave. or 219.462.8332.

The Center Township Trustee offers assistance to qualified residents who are experiencing financial hardship. The trustee offers assistance in the following areas: shelter, utilities, burials, food, fuel, medical visits, prescriptions and other miscellaneous expenses. To qualify, you must be a permanent resident of Center Township and show need for assistance: 219.462.0810 or

Catholic Charities is one of the local agencies that offers low income, the unemployed, working poor, and other qualified individuals with assistance. Among other programs they offer include financial assistance for bills, including heating and utility, and rent assistance. Funding is limited, and conditions need to be met. The agency can be reached at (219) 762-1177. Click here for more information and details on the services offered to Porter County families.

Valparaiso Salvation Army provides those in need with access to Emergency Services. Low income, elderly, and the working poor may be qualified to get rent, housing and mortgage assistance, utility and heating bill assistance, medications and prescription drugs, free food and groceries, disaster relief. They also offer tutoring programs, after-school character-building activities for children, and access such services, as Women’s Fellowship group. 219.762.9191 or

Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation runs several programs that help people address emergency situations and short term hardships. You may be eligible for the following:

  1. Utility and heating bill help – NWICA can provide qualified individuals with assistance with paying for utility and/or heating bills through several different assistance programs including Winter Warmth, LIHEAP, and assistance from local utility and gas companies.
  2. Income tax preparation – Get help with paying for income taxes, and get free tax advice.
  3. Rental assistance – Receive vouchers from the federal government section 8 program.

219.794.1829 to learn more or to apply for assistance.

NWI Resources: NWI

 Porter County Aging and Community Services. Services, assistance, and advice is offered to low-income households and families in order to help them achieve economic independence, improve family functioning, and achieve self-sufficiency. They run the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can help low-income households by offering cash and one-time grants for paying winter heating and summer cooling bills. Receive a ride from curb to curb transportation that is open to all income qualified residents. Shelter is also offered during the hot summer and cold winter months. 1005 Campbell Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46385. 219.464.9736

United Way Resources: Resources