Gabriel's Horn provides a safe place for a second start

2013-10-17T23:00:00Z 2013-10-17T23:28:08Z Gabriel's Horn provides a safe place for a second startJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

SOUTH HAVEN | Each year Gabriel's Horn helps some 35 women and children get a new start at life.

And they do it for $120,000, said Mignon Kennedy, the short-term homeless shelter's director.

The funding from grants, township trustees and community donations is used, she said, to provide up to six months of housing for women and their children. It also provides for training, case management and counseling and often times for things like eye glasses and car repairs so that the woman can become self-sufficient and employed.

Gabriel's Horn is the only homeless shelter exclusively for women and children in Porter County, said Kennedy, adding that the agency can house five families at any time.

Each family is provided a private bedroom and use of a common kitchen and living area. Women may stay as long as six months, but the average client stays at the shelter for four months, she said.

It has served the community for 10 years.

"We do it with a lot of volunteers," said Kennedy.

The shelter is hosting a fundraising wine-tasting event Thursday at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road to help raise funds to support the efforts.

"We are doing for a variety of reasons, basically to help keep our doors open and pay for our daily needs," said Kennedy.

The event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Ticket price includes a selection of wines as well as heavy hor d'oeuvers.

Advance tickets can be bought by calling Kennedy at (219) 242-2799 or (219) 364-8018. Advance tickets also are available at the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce office. The event is being catered by Clancy's.

Kennedy said the additional funding will help keep the shelter running.

"We do make a difference in people's lives. It is a good place for them to get back on their feet," she said.

Kennedy said people who wish to make a donation can do so through the shelter's website at gabrielshelter.org.

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