Community Programs

SHELTER AND SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL

Our Mission: The Caring Place, Inc. provides service and shelter for victims of violence and their children, through education and awareness, we empower all members of the community to live in peace.
The Caring Place’s 24-bed shelter is located at an undisclosed address for the safety and confidentiality of those who seek refuge. The Caring Place is a United Way Agency.

The Caring Place provides…

SAFE SHELTER – Staff and dedicated volunteers serve the needs of both shelter residents and 300-350 community clients each year who seek our services outside of shelter. Clients include women, men, children and the elderly. Safe shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
VICTIM ADVOCACY – One-on-one sessions and support groups assist clients in connecting to community resources including housing, employment, and childcare. Advocates educate clients on the dynamics of family violence, while group sessions focus on developing life skills. In addition, The Caring Place coordinates childcare and transportation to ease the facilitation of all services.
LEGAL ADVOCACY – A Legal Advocate is provided to ensure clients discover their legal rights and resources available to them. The Advocate acts as a liaison with the client and the legal system.
SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT – Support and resources are provided to sexual assault survivors and their families to assist victims through the recovery process. Emergency Response Volunteers (ERV) are available 24 hours a day to reinforce law enforcement and the hospital in crisis intervention.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT – A variety of topics are covered, including the dynamics of domestic violence, effects of family violence on children, substance abuse, parenting, nutrition, budgeting, and esteem building.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS – Education presentations on domestic violence and sexual assault are conducted regularly for organizations, businesses and community groups. Youth dating violence prevention is also offered, highlighting awareness and pro-social skills.
CARING DESIGNS – The Caring Place has a new business, Caring Designs, an upscale resale furniture showroom. At Caring Designs, all proceeds benefit The Caring Place. Donated furniture can save lives! Located at 3107 Cascade Dr. in Valparaiso. For more information, visit our Facebook page or call 219-850-1410.