LA PORTE COUNTY FOOD RESOURCES
We realize that COVID-19 has an impact on families in La Porte County and we want to ensure that no family goes without food. Below are some local food resources:
Need help finding food assistance for you and your family? Don’t wait – act now.
Dial Indiana’s 2-1-1 service or view their website here
Click here to apply for SNAP benefits.
Click here for a list of local township trustees
Food Resources Available in La Porte County | Click Here
Available School Food Programs in La Porte County
New Prairie United School Corporation Meal Pick Up Times:
Each Friday at New Prairie Middle School 11 am – 1 pm 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
NPUSC Nutritional Services will be providing meals that include 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches, for any household members age 18 or younger, in the community. (Children are not required to be present for meal pick up.) If you are unable to pick up meals for your household, you may send someone to pick them up for you.
La Porte Community School Corporation Information about Remote Learning Meal Pick Ups.
Meals for Seniors and Disabled Residents – La Porte County Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels will deliver to disabled and elderly in La Porte County. Please sign up on-line. Delivery takes two days to begin.
Phone: 219.369.6483 Website
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) La Porte County, IN
What is WIC?
- WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children eat well and stay healthy, including buying formula for your infants.
- Pregnant Women
- New moms (up to six months after delivery)
- Breastfeeding moms (up to one year after delivery)
- Infants (babies under the age of one)
- Children under the age of 5
- You must live in Indiana, be a United States citizen or Qualified Alien (if age 18 or over), and meet income guidelines
The guidelines are on the backside of their brochure
What does WIC provide?
- Healthy foods designed to meet special nutrition needs
- Nutrition and health screening and assessment
- Nutrition education and counseling
- Breastfeeding support, including breastfeeding moms receiving more nutritious foods from WIC and mom-to-mom support from Peer Counselors; and
- Referrals to other Indiana health, family, and social services.
To apply, please contact the closest WIC Clinic to you.
- La Porte Phone: 219.326.7565
- Michigan City Phone: 219.879.3025
- Hours: Monday, 9 am -5:30 pm and Tuesday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm
WIC Breastfeeding Support
WIC staff continues to support communication, messaging and resources focused on breastfeeding. Please contact your local WIC clinic directly for additional details or questions.
GOVERNMENT & HOSPITALS COVID-19 UPDATES
HFL is working hard to provide up-to-date resources related to government and hospital updates. We are working to update this information frequently.
For more thorough information about COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and how it spreads, visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC COVID-19 Information
NORTHWEST HEALTH – LA PORTE
Click here to view the most up-to-date information on how to prepare and protect yourself, screenings, and instructions if you are sick.
Click here to view updated visitor guidelines.
FRANCISCAN HEALTH – MICHIGAN CITY
Offered by Franciscan Health Michigan City, this is a COVID-19 online risk assessment tool that people can use to determine the appropriate care. Click here to access the assessment tool.
Learn more about COVID-19 information and visitor guidelines here
Emotional Support Line is available 24/7 by calling 866.342.6892. The hotline is provided by the Indiana Department of Health with support from United Healthcare’s Optum Health Employee Assistance. For more information on coronavirus anxiety, employee wellbeing and Free Apps, click here.
Transporte Update as of February 25, 2021
LA PORTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT – COVID-19 UPDATES
- Click here to read the latest La Porte County Health Department Public Health Order (November 13, 2020).
- Click here to view La Porte County Health Department updates.
INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES ON COVID-19
For updates from the Indiana State Department of Health click the links below:
Click here to view the global case tracker provided by John Hopkins University & Medicine.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
HFL is posting local community needs here. If you’re able to help, please click the link of interest to connect directly with the organization. This information will be updated frequently.
United Way of La Porte County
Donate and Learn More about the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund
Unity Foundation of La Porte County
Donate and Learn More about the La Porte County Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
Unity Foundation La Porte County Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund
HFL is providing up-to-date healthcare access and health education information. This information will be updated frequently.
Accepting new patients at their two sites in La Porte County, IN. Both sites have the capability to provide in-person and telemedicine appointments including COVID-19 testing. If you are uninsured, please contact HealthLinc to see if you qualify for coverage.
To make an appointment contact HealthLinc’s main number: 888-580-1060 OR contact the clinic directly.
La Porte Location: 219.326.0043
Michigan City Location: 219.872.6200
Northwest Health – La Porte
Address: 1331 State Street, La Porte, IN 46350
Franciscan Health – Michigan City
Address: 3500 Franciscan Way, Michigan City, IN 46360
NorthShore Health Centers
The La Porte clinic located at 714 Lincolnway is open and continuing to care for new and existing patients for primary healthcare and substance abuse treatment. Visits can be conducted in person or through telehealth options such as video or telephone appointments. To schedule a primary healthcare appointment, please call 219.763.8112 or schedule online here
To schedule a substance abuse/behavioral health appointment, please call 219.763.8112 and indicate that you live in La Porte County, IN.
NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP (NFP)
NFP is a FREE community health program under Goodwill of Michiana Industries that pairs first-time pregnant moms with a registered nurse to offer support, advice, and information needed throughout their pregnancy until their child’s second birthday.
NFP is continuing to operate and serves moms via telehealth utilizing both phone and video chat. As usual, we are supporting families to navigate any community resources they need, especially for any emergency needs arising from the impact of COVID-19. NFP is an international, evidence-based program, widely researched and recognized for improving health and social outcomes.
How to Sign Up or Make a Referral
Parents: Click here for self-referrals
If you’re pregnant with your first baby and you’re interested in joining Nurse-Family Partnership, please fill out our online self-referral form by clicking the link above.
Agencies: Click here to refer a client
If you’re a healthcare provider, clinic, or other community partner who would like to refer someone to Nurse-Family Partnership, please click the link above to make a referral.
Other Contact Information
For residents of La Porte County: Call 574-472-7378, text 844-637-6667, or email email@example.com.
Healthcare Coverage Enrollments
Healthy Communities of La Porte County is available to help you access healthcare insurance.
Click here to obtain instructions or simply call: 219.809.9094 Website
Connecting Kids to Coverage – Indiana
What is Connecting Kids to Coverage?
A federally funded program to connect children and families to health care coverage in Indiana. During the COVID-19 many families in Indiana have lost their jobs, and in many cases their health insurance. Connecting Kids to Coverage will fill the gap that families need at this time.
Who is eligible?
Children, pregnant women and families who do not have insurance coverage.
What does Connecting Kids to Coverage provide?
The program focuses on enrollment in Hoosier Healthwise and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).
How do I apply? FREE Indiana insurance application assistance is now available over the phone and through HIPPA-complaint/secure electronic technologies.
Simply contact Kathy Walker, a Licensed Indiana Insurance Navigator at 812-870-4056 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This effort is funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the Indiana Rural Health Association
Marketplace Insurance & The American Rescue Plan
Through the American Rescue Plan, individuals can register or change their existing Marketplace plan through August 15, 2021. Click here to visit the website.
Click here to find a breakdown of the American Rescue Plan.
HEALTH EDUCATION RESOURCES
The health and wellness of our residents is vital to HFL’s mission. Please find resources below on how to stay healthy. This information is updated frequently.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Click here to view the most up-to-date information: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
The CDC also offers in-depth information regarding the virus at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html including the latest updates on symptoms, treatment, healthcare providers, travel and a map showing states reporting cases of COVID-19 to the CDC.
Additionally, Indiana Family Support Services Administration’s (FSSA) website provides resources regarding infection control in assisted living and home-based residential services, webinars for families and caregivers, a statewide map for availability of food assistance, and mental health services. https://www.in.gov/fssa/5756.htm
The Indiana Department of Children Services (DCS) lists resources available for foster parents, how to talk to your children about the virus, making connections during social distancing, and child support payments. https://www.in.gov/dcs/4089.htm
Northwest Health – La Porte
Click here to view the most up-to-date information on how to prepare and protect yourself, screening and instructions if you are sick: Northwest Health La Porte COVID-19 Updates
Click here to view updated visitor guidelines: Visitor Guideline for Northwest Health – La Porte
Franciscan Health Michigan City
Offered by Franciscan Health Michigan City, this is a COVID-19 online risk assessment tool that people can use to determine the appropriate care. Click here to access the assessment tool: Franciscan Health Michigan City Assessment Tool
Learn more about Franciscan Health Michigan City COVID-19 information and visitor guidelines here: Franciscan Health COVID-19 Updates
Tips to Stay Healthy During COVID-19 and Beyond
We know that individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are at high risk of complications from COVID-19. Even if you do not have underlying chronic conditions, every person can take action to keep your body resilient and healthy:. What can you do?
Exercise every day in any way you can while following social distancing and your local and state government guidance. Remember to begin your exercise program slowly, and always check with your physician if you are elderly or suffer from a chronic illness before starting a vigorous exercise regimen. It is critical if you vigorously exercise that you maintain adequate hydration and carbohydrate intake. Limiting these may diminish the benefit of exercise on the immune system and your general health.
Keep your blood pressure under control by limiting alcohol and sodium intake, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water to fuel your body.
Obesity is a chronic condition that increases your risk for poor outcomes with the COVID-19 infection. During this shelter at home period, we are all likely to be eating more, and it may not be healthful eating; snack foods are a common “drug” used to treat boredom anxiety and depression. Snacking on whole grain foods, nuts and fruit is much better if done in moderation.
Keep taking your prescribed medications, including those supplements your doctor may have recommended to keep help with deficiencies such as iron or other micronutrients (Zinc, Elderberry, Vitamin C & D).
Limit your alcohol intake which will help with many factors including chronic illnesses, sleep and stress management.
Get plenty of rest with a goal of 7 – 8 hours each night while maintaining a regular sleep schedule. Avoid taking naps during the daytime and sleeping too much. Finally take a break from electronics at least one hour before going to sleep.
Manage stress so your body can respond to infections effectively. Engage in yoga, meditation and exercise to support your immune function. Spend time outdoors going for a walk in the park, but follow social distancing guidelines. Stay engaged with loved ones on a regular basis using technology. Listen to music or read books. Looks for ways to help your community in a safe manner. Focus your thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for today.
STIMULUS CHECK, NONPROFIT & SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Indiana’s Road to Recovery: Indiana Chamber COVID-19 Updates
FREE Road to Recovery/COVID-19 Webinars Click Here
The following links are simplified instructions for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) FAQs Click Here
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has complete guidance on how to apply for loans and grants from the U.S. government for small business owners. Included is the Paycheck Protection Program authorizing dollars toward job retention and certain other operating expenses; and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updates for individuals and businesses for questions related to impacts of COVID-19 as well as tax credits and tax deadline changes. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus Scroll down for various news releases, statements, FAQs, guidance and tax help.
Association of Chamber Executives website provides state and general resources related to the virus and how to navigate through this critical time for those businesses with locations in a variety of states with links to many other resources.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a good resource on pending and passed legislation as well as state and national resources for business.
State of Indiana, Secretary of Career Connections has released information for workers and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Click here to access: COVID-19 Resources for Workers and Businesses
All information regarding local community resources, including childcare, free pharmacy & grocery delivery services, educator resources, housing assistance, animal health and more. This information is updated frequently.
LA PORTE COUNTY TRUSTEES
Click here to view an updated list of La Porte County Trustees.
Trustees help with food resources, rental and mortgage assistance, health insurance, and more.
Click here for a list of food, housing, health insurance, and other assistance.
INDIANA HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (IHCDA) RESOURCES
IHCDA COVID-19 Update: Accepting applications for rental assistance! Click here.
Click here to view the most recent press release from the Home Team of La Porte County regarding rental assistance through the new state program, Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) Program made available (3.9.2021).
Additional Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Updated 3.9.2021)
Information for Indiana Landlords
Assistance Examples for the IERA Program
Information for Utility Providers
Information for Internet Providers
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the IERA Program
CHILDCARE & WELFARE RESOURCES
Boys and Girls Club
Address: 321 Detroit Street Michigan City, IN 46360
Click here for updates on schedule and programming changes. Families can also go to the link to register/join our waitlist for programming.
Bright Beginnings Academy
Address: 241 W. Hwy 20 Michigan City, IN 46360
Address: 811 Royal Road Michigan City, IN 46360
Schedule an appointment with the Eligibility Manager to complete an application for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.
Phone: 219.872.6723 Hours: 7 am – 5 pm
Address: 1200 E. Coolspring Avenue Michigan City, IN 46360
Toddlers (2 years old), Preschool (3-5 years old)
Address: 18 Pine Lake Avenue La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: 219.379.6338 Hours: 5 am – 7 pm
Michigan City Area Schools
Click here for information on Safe Harbor, virtual enrichment programming for K-12
Register Online here!
For information on enrolling your child, contact Stefanie Gurband at email@example.com.
Address: 901 Michigan Avenue La Porte, IN 46350
CHILDCARE & LEARNING CENTER: 2510 Monroe Street La Porte, IN 46350
CORONA VIRUS SCAM WARNING
Click here to learn about scams related to COVID-19.
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS
Click on General Resources for Parents and view the drop down menu to select various resources including:
AskRose Homework Help – A free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students and other students in grades 6-12. Students can call 877-ASK-ROSE, email, or chat live with a friendly tutor to work through and better understand homework assignments.
Click on Remote Learning Support for Educators and view the drop down menu to select various resources including:
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (DAV)
DAV is currently accepting applications for aid through our COVID-19 Unemployment Relief program. If you are a veteran who has lost employment due to COVID-19, you can learn more and apply at dav.org/covidrelief.
Our COVID-19 Unemployment Relief program was established to provide assistance to service-connected disabled veterans who have lost employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including veterans who are self-employed as contractors or small business owners. This critical aid is meant to help veterans pay bills, obtain food and provide for their families during this challenging time.
DAV will also continue to sponsor virtual job fairs to connect veterans with employers on a local and national level — learn more at jobs.dav.org. And if you need assistance with VA claims or any other information about your veterans benefits, please visit benefitsquestions.org to get in touch with a DAV benefits counselor. You can also speak to a service officer Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST by calling 1-888-604-0234.
RESOURCES FOR WORKERS
Below are resources from the State of Indiana for businesses and workers during this unprecedented time:
Watch this video from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) explaining unemployment insurance basics and what impacted Hoosiers need to know. Watch it here.
Click here to access COVID-19 Resources for Hoosiers looking for assistance.
PET & ANIMAL HEALTH
Click here for an update from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health: Question & Answer Pet Owner Guidance
If you have pets and other animals, information and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html
COVID-19 & ANIMALS FAQS
La Porte County Animal Shelter has adjusted their daily operations to ensure the health and safety of the shelter’s staff. The shelter is closed temporarily to public visitation. Staff will continue regular work hours to provide care for the animals, and will continue assisting La Porte County residents with animal-related issues. You may contact the shelter at 219.326.1637 for any animal-related issues during regular hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am – 4 pm.
If anyone is in need of pet food, please contact the shelter at 219.326.1637.
COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION
REGISTER FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE HERE. Do you need assistance registering? Watch the video below or call 211.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Swanson Center’s Emergency Hotline: 1.855.325.6934
Swanson Center continues to work to provide our full continuum of comprehensive behavioral health services for those who live and work in La Porte County. Through this period of quarantine, their dedicated staff remains ready to assist with the following:
- Telehealth services (telephone & video) available through our La Porte and Michigan City offices:
Psychiatric evaluations and services
- Curbside medication pickup at the on-site pharmacy in Michigan City.
- Access Center (same day intake) is open in the Michigan City location only, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, between 9 am – 4 pm, until further notice.
All group sessions, usually held at the La Porte and Michigan City offices, as well as programs at the Activity Center for Older Adults (in La Porte) have been temporarily suspended. Individual services will be offered in lieu of groups. Residential services will continue, with minor modifications. Visit Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SwansonCenter for coping skills, community resources, and other useful information.
La Porte Office: 1230 W SR 2, La Porte, IN
Michigan City Office: 7224 W 400N, Michigan City, IN
Indiana’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.800.5556.
It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You may report abuse and neglect anonymously.
Love is Respect 1.800.331.9474
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has guidance for helping families cope with COVID-19 here, and the World Health Organization has published a resource for mental health considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak here
Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
OR Call 911 ask for a CIT officer
OR Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor
Support and assistance 24/7 for anyone feeling depressed, overwhelmed or suicidal.
National Domestic Violence Hotline (1.800.799.SAFE)
National call center refers to local resources; Spanish plus 160 other languages available; no caller ID used.
National Parent Helpline (1.855.4A.PARENT)
Helpline for parent and caregiver support.
National Sexual Assault Hotline (1.800.656.HOPE)
(Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network – RAINN)
Nationwide referrals for specialized counseling and support groups. Hotline (1.800.656.4673) routes calls to local sex assault crisis centers for resources and referrals. Spanish available.
Support groups are being offered in a virtual format. Register by calling their Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or by visiting their website at alz.org/crf. The registrant will receive an email with the information to login to the support group. You can participate by video or phone based on your comfort level. The Helpline is open 24/7- 365 days a year! There is never a charge and it is staffed with licensed clinical social workers.
Click here to see all the educational and support group offerings of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Available 24/7 and No Charge
View Dunebrook’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here.
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Find resources in both Spanish and English to post on your social media and share with your organization or business. Click here to view a social media kit released by the CDC. Below are some examples of social media posts.
What You Should Know about COVID-19 to Protect Yourself and Others – Spanish | English
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if you are sick – Spanish | English
Important Information about Cloth Face Coverings – Spanish | English
Please Wear a Cloth Face Covering – Spanish | English
How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering – Spanish | English
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Spanish | English
Stop the Spread of Germs – Spanish | English
What Your Test Results Mean – Spanish | English