Portage Exchange Club hears Gabriel’s Horn Message

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in People in the News

Published on August 18, 2011 with No Comments

Mignon Kennedy, Director of Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter, was the guest speaker at the Aug. 2 breakfast meeting of the Portage Exchange Club.

Kennedy said that Gabriel’s Horn is now the only homeless shelter in Porter County and it is only open to women and their children. The 501c3 Not-for-Profit organization is a transitional shelter that helps women obtain secure permanent housing while offering educational opportunities and help in finding employment. The shelter seeks to empower the residents by offering the tools to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.

In 2010, the program served 42 residents, 27 of them children.

Gabriel’s Horn provides individual and group counseling, as well as assistance with child care, nutritional and financial management classes and links to community services. They partner with community organizations such as Housing Opportunities, the Boys and Girls Club, Purdue University Extension Program, the Portage Township School Corporation, the Portage Resale Shop and the Northshore Health Center.

The shelter is always in need of products not covered by food stamps, such as paper products and diapers, as well as personal care items and cleaning products. They accept donations of women’s and children’s clothing, especially infant items. What they cannot immediately use, they donate to the Portage Resale Shop.

Kennedy explained that those in need of Gabriel’s Horn’s services need to first contact their local township trustee who will initiate the application process.

Portage Exchange Club president Joan Hasse-Rodriguez presented a check on behalf of the club to Kennedy to be used to further Gabriel’s Horn’s mission.

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