Serving the Porter County senior community- Volunteering, programs provide seniors in need

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on January 02, 2019 with No Comments

As president of Rebuilding Together Portage, Tom Crnarich seeks to impact the region by helping community members have a safe and happy home.

The organization, with the help of volunteers, helps homeowners who may have physical or financial limitations, with needed home repairs.

Through this volunteer role, he seeks to improve the lives of the disabled and elderly who live in Portage Township.

“It gives you a sense of well-being that you have skills to help people in need,” he said.

Tom is bringing his strong volunteer spirit to us here at Porter County Aging and Community Services as a new board member. He hopes to continue to work with PCACS on building ramps as well.

To learn more about Rebuilding Together Portage, visit

Supplemental food program going strong

We are in the initial stages of our partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and we are already seeing the impact!

We are now a distribution site for Commodity Supplemental Food Programs, a senior food program that provides a monthly box of food to qualifying seniors who are 60 and over.

With our recent second delivery from the Food Bank team, we were able to assist 65 Porter County seniors with the following supplemental items: grains, vegetables, fruit, high protein items, juice, shelf-stable milk and a block of cheese.

With so much initial interest, we see that there was definitely a need to be filled and are honored to be able to serve the community through this additional avenue.

Community members seeking to participate need to fill out an application and meet with a member of the PCACS team. No appointments are necessary to complete this process. Individuals may stop in at the PCACS offices or call 219-464-9736 for more information.

Once seniors are certified, based on age, residential and income guidelines, they will be notified when boxes are available, and they will need to pick up the food items at PCACS, 1005 Campbell St.

Program details, brochure and application may also be viewed at


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