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Jim Musial teaches this class to residents, staff and non-residents, including the men housed in the men’s emergency overnight shelters. This class was organized with the help of Brandi Wright of Healthy Communities with materials provided by the Indiana Tobacco Quitline.

A program taught by Michelle Alexander, LCSW, emphasizing attitude, behavior, change, focus and other life skills in a dynamic, innovative and fun class! When I went visited at the end of last week’s class, Michelle had the residents up and dancing!!

Taught by Purdue University-Homemakers Extension representative Jody Kutch, the class is focused on healthy food preparation as well as healthy eating for children and adults. Members completing all 4 classes received a $100 GFS gift card as part of the MCCEC grant and the generous “Change for Change” donation program organized through Gordon Food Service (GFS) Michigan City!

Our History

Citizens Concerned for the Homeless was created in 1992 to address the "invisible” crisis of homeless children and families in our community. Opening the doors on 9th Street in 1994, we have been able to provide La Porte County families the dignity of a private room, meals, and help. In 2007 we received the donation and blessing of the former Sacred Heart Church Rectory - allowing us to double our capacity.

Our Vision

We are working to realize our vision: a home for everyone in LaPorte County.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide short-term drug and alcohol free shelter to homeless families, assist in securing permanent housing for these families and provide opportunities to build a skill set to maintain stable housing.

Our Values

To be effective, we will address the needs of the entire family and they must demonstrate willingness in taking steps toward self-sufficiency. In return for the families’ commitment, time and energy, we offer our services free of charge Working as partners with other organizations is a necessary element of delivering quality programs and services We will raise awareness about the needs of homeless families and work to shape public policy towards helping these families.

Our Goals

Our goal is to help families achieve long-term self-sufficiency and to permanently break the cycle of homelessness so they never again have to turn to shelters for safe housing.

The Challenge

Each year, over 1000 LaPorte County residents experience homelessness. More than 40% are children with their parents. Some sleep in a car, tent or other tenuous locations. Most live “friend-to-friend”, staying with one friend or relative after another. Usually, homeless families move frequently, making school attendance and employment difficult and sporadic. They must often put up with overcrowding, violence or substance abuse, simply because there are no other housing options. Amid these many obstacles and stresses, personal problems grow larger and the family cannot overcome their desperate situation.

How We Meet It

Please click the links below to learn more about what we offer:

SAND CASTLE SHELTER for homeless families
GRACE LEARNING CENTER, to provide tools to reduce homelessness

Board of Directors

Nancy Philippi, Chairperson |  Read My Bio
Lillian Sherrod-Young, Vice Chair |  Read My Bio
Tom McCormick, Treasurer |  Read My Bio
DeNita Ton, Secretary |  Read My Bio
Lila Hakim |  Read My Bio
Lauretta Hapke |  Read My Bio
Willie Milsap |  Read My Bio
Amy Penrod |  Read My Bio
Rachel Saxon |  Read My Bio
Gene Simmons |  Read My Bio

Contact Us:
Sand Castle Shelter
1005 West 8th St.
Michigan City, IN 46360

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Executive Director, Sand Castle Shelter for Homeless Families
James E. Musial
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Executive Director,
Grace Learning Center
Kristen Patterson
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