Our Catholic Charities member agency was founded in 1937, with a mission to be a social service arm of the church, serving the poor and needy. In 1957, we expanded our programming and services to meet the changing needs of the people who live in the four Counties of the Diocese of Gary—Lake, Porter, La Porte, and Starke Counties.
For more than 80 years, Catholic Charities has continued its original purpose and has broadened the base of programming and has shifted the emphasis of social services provided depending on the needs of the community.
Today, Catholic Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social service agency that provides help, creates hope, and serves all, regardless of their religious or ethnic background. Our comprehensive network of social services focusses on individuals and families who are at the edge between poverty and basic subsistence level, struggling financially, and those who are marginalized in Northwest Indiana.
Through our two area offices located in Hammond and East Chicago, the central administrative office located in Gary, the two satellite locations in La Porte County as well as other various locations in Porter and Starke Counties, Catholic Charities reaches out to a population of approximately 803,000 persons with very diverse racial and ethnic characteristics, occupations, experiences, and income status.
Often people in need are facing multiple challenges and need a helping hand to reach stability. Each year, nearly twenty thousand individuals and families who need support in order to move above their current situation are assisted with the services we provide.
Our Community Outreach, Food Pantry, Women’s Care Center, Immigration Services, Affordable Housing, and Financial Workshops programs allow Catholic Charities to reach out and embrace those that are struggling—to come alongside and walk with them—with the goal of helping them become as self-sufficient as possible.