Energy assistance, COVID relief help available; medical loan closet opens

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on November 04, 2020 with No Comments

Westchester Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick is teaming with PCACS to open a medical loan closet to help community members in need.

With our offices still closed to the public, we have put together options for community members to apply for the Energy Assistance Program.

The income-eligible program continues to assist those in need of help paying their energy bills. Our staff members and volunteers are beginning to process applications submitted to our offices, 1005 Campbell St.

Those needing help can visit to download an application. Once it is printed out and completed, it can be left in the drop box in our lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or mailed to 1005 Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN 46385. Those needing to pick up a paper copy to fill out will also find them in the PCACS lobby.

The state website for EAP is an option to fill out an application all online. Visit

While we cannot take appointments and meet in person, our team is still available to answer questions via phone at 219-464-9736, Option 1.

Medical Loan Closet launches

Shout-out to community members who have already contributed to our Medical Loan Closet! We recently teamed with Westchester Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick to collect items for those in need.

We are accepting donations of such items as: non-motorized wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, shower/tub benches, toilet seats/chairs, grab bars, reachers, knee scooters, unopened adult diapers, liners or pads, bed rails, blood pressure monitors, oxygen/pulse oximeter and gait belts, which are devices that help caregivers or family members safely move individuals.

We ask that the items be well-kept and in good to excellent condition. Anyone wanting to contribute can schedule a time to drop them off by calling 219-464-9736, Ext. 216. Please do not leave items outside our doors.

“We know there is a need for it,” Philbrick said. “We’re working together on a coordinated effort that will benefit the community.”

Collecting donations is the first step and then the items will be available to Porter County residents.

COVID relief funds

We have received funds to assist Porter County residents affected by COVID from the United Way of Porter County.

To qualify, individuals must have been affected in 2020 and as a direct result of COVID, such as current employment or health issues.

To review eligibility, call 219-464-9736, Ext. 216.

All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bruce Lindner has worked in the non-profit world for more than 35 years and for the past 12 years has been serving as the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services. For more information, contact him directly at 219-465-7144 or email at



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