Communities Rally In Time Of Need

By: Contributor Last Updated: July 12, 2010

Steel Technologies, a company that processes flat-rolled steel to specific requirements for customers in a variety of steel-consuming industries including automotive, appliance, lawn and garden, office equipment, agricultural, machinery, construction, hardware and consumer goods, recently presented The Caring Place with a check for $500, raised internally by the employees in the Portage location. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Steel Technologies employs over 1,000 in 23 facilities throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. judy-pappas-mary-beth-schultz

The St. Patrick’s Church Ladies League in Chesterton decided to take The Caring Place wish list of items located on the website, divide it among its members, and then hold a shower where members brought in desired items. Gift cards, an item on the wish list were also collected. Members contributed gift cards for Kohl’s, Walmart, WiseWay, and Town & Country Food Market among others to benefit women and children in shelter. Judy Pappas, of Chesterton, represented the group and presented the items to staff at The Caring Place Community Advocacy Center.

Tom Pappas, husband of Judy Pappas, and member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, a trusted, century-old Catholic fraternal life insurance society dedicated to providing members with financial security and opportunities for spiritual, social, and charitable growth, presented The Caring Place with a $250 check from the organization’s Welfare and Relief Fund.

Last month, The Family Flyer ( raised $220 through the Porter and South Lake County Family Flyer. Those funds were distributed equally to The Caring Place and St. Jude House in Crown Point. tom-pappas-heather-klein

The Caring Place Executive Director Mary Beth Schultz shares how each gift can make a tremendous impact. “It’s so important for communities to stand together in times of crisis for these families – together we can truly make a difference.”

Established in Lake County in 1978, The Caring Place, Inc. has been a trusted name in intervention and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault for over 30 years. In fiscal year 2009, The Caring Place served 109 women and 107 children in shelter, as well as 287 new community clients seeking legal advocacy and support counseling outside of shelter.

For more information, or to make a contribution, contact Heather Klein, Director of Development and Communications at 219.464.0840 ext.105.