Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary, a grantee organization receiving funding from the Foundations of East Chicago (FEC), has been providing the community of East Chicago with services that ensure a better quality of life for those struggling due to immigration related legal issues.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Chicago, the devoted originator of this program, worked diligently to provide immigrants and their families with social and economic assistance. Now under the umbrella of Catholic Charities, the program has blossomed, as it now is able to reach out to 100,000’s of people.

Problems faced by immigrants in the United States continue to limit quality of life for them and their children. For the stability of the families and for consequent stability and development of the East Chicago community, The Immigrant Support and Assistance Center (ISAAC), a partner not-for-profit assisting Catholic Charities, needs to continue to address the needs of these individuals.

Once it is determined that there is a need for the family, Catholic Charities will work with authorities and organizations to provide whatever it is the family may need.

The One Dream, One East Chicago program maintains three goals:

  1. To prevent families from being homeless.
  2. To educate the community.
  3. To assist the young with obtaining status.

This type of urgent assistance helps immigrant families succeed.

For more information on how the One Dream, One East Chicago program helps the community, visit