Homeless Programs
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The Caring Hearts Homeless Outreach Program
The Caring Hearts Homeless Outreach Program delivers mobile street outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in East Chicago. Outreach workers seek out individuals in need living on the streets, under viaducts, and other places not meant for human habitation. The team offers basic survival items, food gift cards, blankets, coats, and other necessities. Through consistent contact, the outreach team works to build trust in order to learn about the needs of those served. Outreach workers offer referrals, care coordination, and transportation to services in the community. By means of our agency's Claudia's Closet, a collection site for donated new and gently used clothing items, warm coats, blankets, and shoes, we are able to help those in the homeless community to survive the various dangerous street elements especially during our frigid winter months.
We Care For Our Community Mobile Outreach Program is a homeless program committed to helping our homeless population stay warm during the frigid winter season. With your help we can provide care packages and warm attire. Click We Care For Our Community above to learn more about this program. 

Donations are being accepted at the Pennsylvania Center 3550 Pennsylvania Ave. East Chicago, IN 46312, Tuesday-Friday 11am-1:30pm. We also accept donations at our main office 5272 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN 46320  
Phillip Squall's Safe Haven

We are pleased to announce the opening of, Phillip Squall's Safe Haven, located in the Harbor of East Chicago, Indiana. This is a non-referral safe haven for those who are invited to live here. Click Phillip Squall's Save Haven to see its new residents and how we provided hope for them.

Donations such as clothing, gift cards, furniture, linen and etc. are currently being accepted. Please call us at 219-933-7111 if you would like more information on how you can help. 
 Special Thanks To:
  • Alan Chesen                
  • Brenda Welch
  • Cedric Diamond
  • Cynthia Cave
  • Ladella Whitaker
  • Ms. Sharon Perkins
  • Patricia Counsard
  • Sophie Zdrojeski
  • Steve Wilson
  • Yolanda Rodgers
  • Sarah Mack
  • Leoia Woods
  • Allison Lloyd
  • Eric Gastevich
  • Goerge Vondrak
  • Kristen Diehl
  • Sharon Scott
  • Shirley Green
  • Carolyn Keith
  • Dunkin Donuts - Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond
  • ​Dunkin Donuts - Calumet Ave, Hammond

  • Family Design
  • Frank Caputo
  • Fresh County Market
  • Habitat Humanity
  • Hammond Salvage & Resale
  • Jerry Woak
  • La Rancherita
  • Laly's Florist
  • Last Chance Overstock
  • Maureen Boss
  • Ms. Patricia Coubnard
  • Paw's Resale Shop
  • PAWS
  • Robert Backe
  • Sharks Chicken & Fish - Euclid, East Chicago
  • Sharks Chicken & Fish - Indianapolis Blvd, East Chicago
  • Starkwood Furniture
  • Things and More
  • White Castle
  • Tiffany Wysowaty
  • United Steelworkers of America
  • William Reed
  • Wal-Mart


Our Caring Hearts  Our program is designed to help eradicate homelessness by identifying and addressing the barriers that negatively impact the quality of life for our city’s residents and families who are at risk of eviction leading to their becoming homeless. This unique program brings together community partners with their distinct areas of expertise to focus on implementing outreach, health and supportive service programs to assist at risk participants to remain housed, thereby reducing the number of homeless individuals on our streets and transforming their lives by helping them to attain self-sufficiency and to live a productive and healthy life.  

We are currently operating this program in the City of East Chicago, sponsored by The Foundations of East Chicago.

For more information on this program or to make a donation, please call our office at (219) 933-7111.