On October 15,
local officials gathered to celebrate a monumental occasion, the
groundbreaking of The Caring Place, Porter County’s only shelter for
domestic violence victims. There was much excitement around this event, as
it took over 18 months to raise enough money to move forward with the
much-needed larger facility. Because the shelter has outgrown the current
space, staff and supporters are looking forward to having a larger, updated
space to accommodate more residents.
The Caring Place is
a non-profit social service organization, serving the needs of domestic
violence and sexual assault victims. The organization primarily serves
victims in Porter, Lake and Starke counties in Northwest Indiana, but may
include victims across the country. The Caring Place is privately funded
through the community and local businesses.
Construction is building the new 8,432 sq. ft., single story building for
The Caring Place. The building will be located in Valparaiso, Indiana, and
will serve as the new shelter. The new building will include 12 suites, five
offices, a reception area, a full kitchen and dining room, a play area for
children, common spaces and laundry facilities. The suites will have the
capacity to house 37 residents seeking refuge from domestic violence.
The project is
expected to be completed by May 2019.