Salvation Army Receives Generous Donation from Local Church

Jun 10, 2021

The Salvation Army of Lake County is grateful for a pair of generous donations from St. Maria Goretti Parish in Dyer. Parishioners made two donations totaling $15,000.

The most recent donation of $5,000 was made this month. It follows $10,000 donated by St. Maria Goretti Parish prior to Christmas 2020. The contributions are benefiting programs at The Salvation Army Hammond-Munster Corps Community Center at a time when requests for service remain high.

“We know that families will be fighting pandemic poverty for months, if not years to come,” said Capt. Brian Clark, Lake County Coordinator for The Salvation Army. “Through their generous contributions, the parishioners at St. Maria Goretti are helping some of our most vulnerable neighbors stay in their homes. Their donations are covering the very basics, emergency assistance grants for rent and utility payments. We are grateful.”

St. Maria Goretti parishioners contributed the funds to the church’s community outreach ministry. While the church operates a food pantry, it does not have a way to provide direct monetary payments to those in need. St. Maria Goretti Pastor, Rev. Charles Niblick, recognized that need, and said parishioners responded “unbelievably.”

“As we were going through November and December, things were scary with the numbers,” said Reverend Charles Niblick, Pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church. “I knew The Salvation Army had in place relationships with people who have needs far greater than we could meet, and they had the mechanics in place to deal with that.”

The Salvation Army continues to adapt programs and services to meet the needs in Lake County. For more information on the programs and services available, or to make a donation, visit

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