Porter County Aging and Community Services- Ramp program participants sought

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on March 06, 2019 with No Comments

Porter County Aging and Community Services partners with many local organizations and businesses on its ramp program. Volunteers, such as those from Task Force Tips in Valparaiso, offer their time and skills to help community members access their homes.

As warmer weather arrives and spring is right around the corner, we are gearing up to boost our year-round ramp program with additional projects.

We are hoping to assist Porter County residents who are in need of help accessing their homes by having our team of volunteers build a ramp at their residences. We can construct a temporary or more permanent structure depending on the individual’s unique story and mobility issues.

We continue to work with region organizations and businesses who offer their skills and time to our program by building ramps. We work with Thrivent for Lutherans, Habitat for Humanity, Task Force Tips and the UAW/Ford Community Service team.

Our ramp program started in 2007 and has continued to grow with the addition of the Ford team. To date, we have constructed more than 70 ramps.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a ramp, contact us at 219-465-7144. The ramp application is also available online at https://www.portercountyacs.org/ramp-program/. Renters must have permission from the homeowner before a ramp is installed.

While those who have financial challenges are given priority, all community members are welcome to apply for ramp assistance.

Snapshot of our impact

We are continuing to make a difference through our programs, month after month. We are honored to serve our community and know it’s important to take stock of where we are at throughout the year.

Our Energy Assistance Program has been going strong since launching Nov. 1. We have already assisted 701 clients with their energy bills by paying $372,717 to the designated utility company.

The Emergency Assistance Program is aimed at community members who are facing a one-time situation that they need help with but are generally financially stable. It is sponsored and funded by United Way of Porter County. This program is geared toward challenges such as housing repairs or medical expenses.

This year, since July 1, we have helped 55 clients. How we have helped so far: 11 with utilities, 26 with mortgage/rent, three with household items, one with a roof repair, two with sewer/well issues, five with furnace problems, two with water heater issues and five with car repairs.

Our reach in the Emergency Assistance Program is extended with our partnership with NeighborLink of Porter County. The organization allows us to assist additional individuals with furnace and water heater issues. We appreciate our partners in the community!

We are honored to also work with Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. We recently launched this partnership in the fall by becoming a distribution site for the organization’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This initiative is for seniors who are facing food insecurity. The program distributes a box of food each month that includes such items as cheese, vegetables, juice and fruit.

We have continued to see more participants each month, with 115 boxes distributed in the last month.

For more information on any of our programs, call 219-464-9736 or visit www.portercountyacs.org.


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About Bruce Lindner


All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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