Michigan City-based Interfaith Community PADS is now Nest Community Shelter.
The organization hosted a ribbon cutting celebration and open house Nov. 14 with the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce. The name change is a response to the shelter’s new permanent home in the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church building in Michigan City.
“Our new name, Nest, reflects our commitment to innovation and growth while remaining dedicated to our core mission of helping individuals regain their dignity and rebuild their lives,” said Harrison Holtkamp, director at Nest, in a press release. “We understand that we cannot single-handedly solve homelessness, but we are determined to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve by addressing their complex needs, supporting recovery, and fostering a sense of community and belonging.”
Nest Community Shelter provides a safe and warm space for individuals in the community experiencing homelessness to stay temporarily. It is the only emergency shelter in La Porte County. It is also the only emergency shelter within a six-county radius that welcomes both men and women.
Over the years, the organization has expanded their programs and services to include mental health counseling, addiction recovery support, job training and educational opportunities.
Nest Community Shelter grew from the faith-based nonprofit organization Interfaith Community PADS. PADS is an acronym for Public Action Delivering Shelter. Founded in 2001, the organization sheltered men and women, including parents with children, in the basements of local churches before moving to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
“We are deeply grateful to our community for their unwavering support over the years. As we step into this new chapter as Nest, we ask for your continued support, whether through donations, volunteer hours, or spreading the word about our mission,” Holtkamp said. “Together, we can be a beacon of hope for those in need.”