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Good Deeds

We will once again be participating in an annual initiative that unites people around the world to make a difference in communities everywhere. Good Deeds Day is April 7 and aims to spur kind acts that benefit others.

Personal care items were are requesting: deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, diapers, laundry detergent, razors, toilet paper, dish soap, feminine hygiene products, etc.

Drop off items from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at our offices.

Partnership Brings Everyday Essentials to women

By teaming with non-profit I Support the Girls, we are able to gather and distribute everyday essentials to local women.

Our office, 1005 Campbell St. in Valparaiso, is now a collection site for community members to donate new and used bras, new underwear and feminine hygiene products. We will then connect our clients in need to these items.

I Support The Girls has its roots in Indianapolis and is now serving women throughout the United States and world. Launched in January 2016 by Rachael Heger, the organization offers an easy avenue to make an impact and help others.

“It’s a specific ask. Women are good and want to help. It’s a specific instruction on how to help out women,” Heger said. “It’s not one of these lofty things to make a difference like running for office. Anyone can pick up an extra box of pads while at a store.”

To date, ISTG has distributed more than 3 million products.

“It really started by accident and has spiraled. I was just going to collect bras to donate to one woman,” she said. “One thing led to another and within the first 10 days I had 99 bras. That’s when I realized that I had something.”

Heger sees her organization as a way to let social service organizations focus on their particular mission and goals.

“We can take this kind of need off their plates. This is my goal,” she said. “I am not a social worker. I am actually a librarian. I can’t solve poverty, addiction or those types of major issues, but I can make sure women don’t need to worry about having a bra. It’s a little thing that is a big thing.”

Our team is honored to have the opportunity to fill an additional need for our clients by creating this new partnership.

Ramp Program applications sought

Our team is seeking applicants for our ramp program, which helps community members access their homes.

“Our program is an avenue to ease the daily life of someone facing mobility issues as well as their family members and caregivers,” said Bruce Lindner, PCACS executive director. “Since launching our program in 2007, we have constructed more than 70 ramps.”

We are accepting applications for Porter County residents who are in need of a ramp, whether it’s something temporary or a more permanent structure. Renters must have permission from the homeowner to have a ramp installed.

“We are humbled to have volunteers as part of our program. These individuals bring their unique skill sets to our program and freely give of their time,” Lindner said.

Members of the Chicago UAW/Ford Community Service Ramp Project team continue to offer their time and talents to construct ramps. Volunteers are also from Thrivent for Lutherans, Habitat for Humanity and Task Force Tips.    

While those facing financial challenges will be given priority, all community members are welcome to apply for ramp assistance.

Those interested should contact Lindner via phone at (219) 465-7144 or via email at

Check out more on our program.

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Thank you Nipsco!

We are so appreciative of the support that we received from NIPSCO. The company has sponsored our new TV, which will be enjoyed by our clients and utilized by our staff for training.