Fund Story

Nest Community Shelter (formerly Interfaith Community PADS) was founded in 2002 by two women who were concerned about the homeless men during the cold winter months. The women organized churches within the community to share in the responsibility of caring for these men who had no place to go or food to eat. It started off small but the numbers grew over the years from two men per night to almost 40 men.

Over the years, Nest was housed in numerous churches and saw over a hundred volunteers per season assist in meeting the needs of the homeless community.

In 2020, the organization with the tremendous help of grants, community organizations, and individuals, rehabilitated Sacred Heart Catholic Church and opened its doors as a permanent site for La Porte County’s homeless men and women (including women with children), providing not just shelter but food and other resources.

In partnering with individuals, families, companies and nonprofits, Nest Community Shelter is moving the needle to reduce homelessness in LaPorte County faster than ever before.

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