First Contact Porter County

First Contact Porter County Changing the lives of Porter County residents through financial assistance, counseling and referrals.
Serving over 1,400 Porter County residents in need. Helping to prevent homelessness and offering guidance to those families in need.
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Many First Contact clients needing assistance have experienced job loss, divorce, injury or some other unfortunate situation that requires financial assistance. Our clients range in age from 18-75 years old.

Mission: First Contact is a non-profit resource and referral ministry. We endeavor, in the name of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, to assist Porter Co residents in need.

Stages of reopening INDIANA as of May 1st!
05/04/2020

Stages of reopening INDIANA as of May 1st!

03/27/2020
Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee
03/27/2020

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee

The next Portage Township Schools Meal Pick-Up will take place on March 30 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at PHS West. PTS students are invited to take home a week of breakfasts and lunches.

DRIVE-UP INSTRUCTIONS: Enter the high school on Pan Am Blvd. (off of Airport Rd.) and follow the directions. You will be directed to either the North or South side of the West building, where a staff member will bring you your meals. After you have your meals, exit onto Route 6.

See the flyer below for more details.

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee
03/26/2020

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee

Brendan Clancy, Portage Township Trustee, and the Portage Township Food Pantry announce changes in the food pantry’s schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please see the flyer below for details and share with those in need. Thank you!

Porter County Public Library System
03/26/2020

Porter County Public Library System

While we are closed for the time being, our parking lots offer wireless internet access! #pcpls, #wifi

Portage Township Food Pantry Expands Distribution in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
03/26/2020
Portage Township Food Pantry Expands Distribution in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Portage Township Food Pantry Expands Distribution in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Portage Township Food Pantry has increased efforts to serve the community's most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy says those efforts will include increasing distributions of much needed food to residents; increasing efforts to continually re...

Porter County Public Library System
03/25/2020

Porter County Public Library System

While we are closed for the time being, our parking lots offer wireless internet access! #pcpls, #wifi

03/23/2020
Duneland Resale

If you go here for food, stay in your car

YES!!! The FOOD PANTRY
will have distribution
on TUESDAY MARCH 24th
9-11 AM.

03/20/2020
CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

To help you through the current health situation, we’re now offering free 1 to 2 day delivery of prescriptions & everyday essentials. Visit https://bit.ly/33zIzfZ or call your local CVS Pharmacy to get started.

All evictions postponed until June.
03/18/2020

All evictions postponed until June.

03/17/2020

First Contact will remain open during this time. We have made some in office changes as precautionary measures but we will continue to see clients. We are a referral service as well as a resource so please don’t hesitate to call and we will guide you as best we can.

This program is for a week's worth of food each Monday
03/17/2020

This program is for a week's worth of food each Monday

UPDATED MEAL PICK-UP INFORMATION

We will be distributing a full week's worth of lunches TODAY at PHS West. Drive your car up to PHS West (Door F) and we will bring meals to your vehicle. This is available for children age 18 and under. See the flyer below for more details.

03/17/2020
Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee

IN NEED OF EMERGENCY CHILDCARE?

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration also is issuing specific guidance to daycare facilities to protect children in their care.

In respose to the Covid 19 pandemic, state of Indiana officials direct parents and guardians in need of child care during the emergency period to contact their local Child Care Resource and Referral agency at 800-299-1627.

Portage Township YMCA
03/17/2020

Portage Township YMCA

We are offering drive-up meals to anyone age 18 and under, Monday-Friday beginning today, Monday, March 16, 5pm-6pm. Availability is limited to the first 100 children during the designated meal time. Each child will receive supper for the evening and lunch for the following day (2 meals each). All children must be present at the time of meal pick-up. YMCA Staff will bring the meals out to you. Pick-up will take place along the south side of the building. Pull-up along the curb just past the main entrance doors and look for the meal pick-up signs.

Porter County Public Library System
03/17/2020

Porter County Public Library System

UPDATE. After careful thought and consideration we have decided to close our doors effective immediately to the public until April 10th. We are working extremely hard on fast-tracking virtual and remote services for our patrons.

With that said, we'd like to introduce CURBSIDE DELIVERY available Tuesday March 17 system wide! Stay safe and clean out there folks! ❤️ #pcpls

Check our website for more information regarding the closure.
https://pcpls.org/pandemic/

WorkOne Northwest Indiana
03/17/2020

WorkOne Northwest Indiana

Special notice for food & beverage industry workers who have been laid off due to the impact of the current COVID-19 situation.

Link for more information or to file from home: https://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm

For further resources and websites visit:https://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Claimant_Handbook.pdf
https://www.in.gov/dwd/3468.htm

03/16/2020
Franklin House

Franklin House

This is a surreal time for all of us here at the Franklin House, and we know there are trying times ahead for everyone in our community. Over the next several days we'll be giving away all of the food we have in house to those in need. Tomorrow we'll be opening for carryout food at 11am, offering corned beef, cabbage, and mashed potatoes. If you have the means to pay for food, we'll donate all the money to a local food bank. If you don't, the food is free of charge, no questions asked. We'll get through this together. Stay safe. ❤️

03/16/2020

Important news from NIPSCO!

We're Here for You

At NIPSCO, safety is at the forefront of everything we do and this extends to the health and wellness of our customers and employees.

Financial Assistance Available

We know this could be a time of financial hardship. So, we've voluntarily suspended shutoffs for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we're offering to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19 our most flexible payment plans, and we will suspend late payment charges until May 1.

03/16/2020

IN NEED OF EMERGENCY CHILDCARE?

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration also is issuing specific guidance to daycare facilities to protect children in their care.

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, state of Indiana officials direct parents and guardians in need of child care during the emergency period to contact their local Child Care Resource and Referral agency at 800-299-1627.

03/16/2020

ATTENTION INDIANA AMERICAN WATER CUSTOMERS!

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, Indiana American Water has suspended all disconnects as of March 12th until further notice.

Any customers that were shut off prior to March 12th; there are technicians in the field systematically turning customers on whether there has been a payment or not and will charge no reconnect fee.

Baked goods available!! Come on down; we’re here til noon today!
01/10/2020

Baked goods available!! Come on down; we’re here til noon today!

Save the Date for a fun-filled fundraiser for Family Promise of Porter County!
07/30/2019

Save the Date for a fun-filled fundraiser for Family Promise of Porter County!

06/14/2019
04/17/2019

😍“All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.”😍
John Calvin

03/12/2019
Don't forget to spring forward this Sunday morning!
03/08/2019

Don't forget to spring forward this Sunday morning!

Households assisted by First Contact for December 2018Rent: Portage-32, Valparaiso-26Utilities: Portage-6, Valparaiso-15...
02/20/2019

Households assisted by First Contact for December 2018

Rent: Portage-32, Valparaiso-26

Utilities: Portage-6, Valparaiso-15

**** 79 TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED IN PORTER COUNTY****
Thank you to ALL our donors that make this possible!

Households assisted by First Contact for November 2018Rent: Portage-27, Valparaiso-34Utilities: Portage-12, Valparaiso-1...
02/20/2019

Households assisted by First Contact for November 2018

Rent: Portage-27, Valparaiso-34

Utilities: Portage-12, Valparaiso-15

**** 88 TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED IN PORTER COUNTY****
Thank you to ALL our donors that make this possible!

02/14/2019
02/13/2019
01/15/2019
Need legal questions answered? Get answers; Monday, 1/21/19!
01/14/2019

Need legal questions answered? Get answers; Monday, 1/21/19!

Got Legal Questions? Get Legal Answers.
Monday, January 21st

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee
01/08/2019

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee

Got Legal Questions? Get Legal Answers.
Monday, January 21st

Address

61 Indiana Ave, Ste D
Valparaiso, IN
46383

General information

Providing emergency assistance, life and financial counseling and referrals to those families in need in Porter County. Director Dan Grass

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(219) 462-8332

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