Sand Castle Shelter for Homeless Families
1005 West 8th St
Michigan City, IN - 46360
30 day emergency shelter for LaPorte County families with children. Drug & alcohol free. Families must be pro-active in finding & maintaining stable housing. Life skills classes required.
Sand Castle offers temporary shelter to LaPorte County families: primarily single moms with children; sometimes families headed by couples or dads, too. When space is available, we accept single women. All family members must test free of drugs and alcohol.
Single men are referred to the Faith Community Men’s Overnight Shelter.
Domestic violence victims are referred to Stepping Stone Shelter for Women.
Those that are from other counties and those with alcohol, substance abuse or debilitating mental illness are referred to other agencies equipped to help with those issues.
How We Serve Them
We can accommodate seven families, each in a private room
The average stay is six weeks
Children attend the schools they were in before housing loss
Clients must leave the building Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 2:30 PM to work, seek work, apply for assistance or look for an affordable apartment
Each adult completes daily chores to keep the property neat and clean
A case manager meets with each family daily, to set goals, measure progress, affirm efforts, provide information about other helpful programs and talk through obstacles.
Staff persons offer a listening ear and provide empathy and encouragement
Families must observe a 9 PM curfew, unless working later
75% of income earned during their stay must be saved toward future housing
Skill building classes (at Grace Learning Center) are required:
Landlord Tenant law
Nutrition & Cooking
Get the Job, Keep the Job
Green Cleaning on a Dime
We respect the privacy of our residents and never reveal any information unless specifically authorized to do so by the resident.