Churches partner with Love Inc. of Hammond to help those that are less fortunate. Families, seniors, or individuals seeking help need to call the Clearinghouse or intake line for referrals. The types of programs offered are non-financial in nature, and include things such as clothing, baby supplies, food, and related items.
The services are available in the towns of Hammond, Highland, Munster and Griffith Indiana. In many cases, Love Inc. can’t meet the needs of the caller, so a representative may refer someone to other local assistance programs or non-profits. Love Inc. is a great place for information, support, and other services.
Food pantries are operated by partner churches, including Munster Church. Volunteers and staff from the location work with families and people from the community to help them locate assistance, or maybe provide them with free food or groceries.
The items available are wide ranging. The church pantry may have frozen food, holiday gift baskets, non-perishable and fresh foods. All requests for help need to be made directly through Love Inc. and their Clearinghouse service per the number below. Staff may even have suggestions for other needs, such as applications for SNAP food stamps.
The Bread of Life Food Pantry is available at Trinity Reformed Church. This is another local pantry with frozen meat, fruits, vegetables, and other items. They also try to stock more healthy goods, such as low in salt and sugar-free items. In some cases a member of the church will deliver the meal or box of food to the client, especially the homebound or seniors in Hammond or Griffith area.
Cradle and All is a Love Inc. affiliated ministry. It is operated from St. Paul Episcopal Church in Lake County and the town of Munster. While the supplies available will change and rely on donations, there may be items such as baby wipes, free diapers, and basic bath needs.
Some more furniture or larger supplies may be available too. This can include swings, infant seats, crib bedding, Pack 'N' Play, car seats and some type of receiving blankets. Free new or gently used clothing may be available as well in some cases for infants.
The Love Inc. affiliated Furniture Ministry is organized by churches across the region, and many people and non-profits contribute to it. Donations are always needed, and the items are given out to those that qualify. Such as a person regaining stability in a new apartment, an individual recovering from a fire, and others.
Some of the furniture or household items in the Hammond area may include table, beds and chairs, dressers, bedside tables, couches, lamps, and end tables. Most of the items tend to be smaller as they will easily fit into a client’s home or apartment. Donations and contributions are needed. Men and women volunteers from Love INC churches are welcome to help with furniture needs.
Griffith Lutheran Church is a key Love partner. They operate the Linens of Love service. It can pass out items such as kitchen supplies, bedding items, towels, bath, sheets and more. Everything distributed out to the needy will be gently used. While the preference is to have the person pick it up, some volunteers may deliver goods as well.
Additional kitchen supplies may be offered from the Karing Kitchen. It has goods such as pots & pans, canisters, silverware, serving pieces, and more.
Personal hygiene items may be passed out from the Hammond Love INC Clearinghouse and its partners as well. The center frequently receives requests for health care products and personal hygiene. This is especially true as people can’t use Food Stamps or WIC vouchers to pay for them. Some of the more personal goods type supplies may include deodorant, toilet paper, tooth brushes, shampoo, and more. The homeless may also benefit from this service.
As noted, all requests need to go to the Clearinghouse which is based in Griffith. Often times callers may be referred to other benefits, such as government aid or local groups in Lake County. The main is 219-923-2775.
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