Old Bethel United Methodist repeats as the Clothing Drive winner

MARCH 2018: The Spring Clothing Drive occurred between March 19 and 24 and collected a total of 719 bags.  Old Bethel United Methodist--the record-setter from last Fall--led the way with 121 bags donated, followed closely by St. Mark's United Methodist (108 bags) and Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (101 bags).  Family Promise would like to especially recognize Shalom Mennonite for participating for its first time and donating 27 bags.  Goodwill Industries picks up the bags of clothing at the Day Center and provides a $5 Goodwill voucher for each bag collected.  Case management staff use the vouchers to help families obtain emergency clothing, work clothes, and even school uniforms for children.  The Fall 2018 clothing drive dates are collect at your sites October 5 to 21, and drop off at the Day Center (1850 N. Arsenal Avenue) October 22 to 27, 2018 (download a flier for the Fall here).  Thank you to the 13 congregations that participated!


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Don't wait to form a team for Walking for Dreams on Sunday, May 20

MARCH 2018: Family Promise's second biggest fundraiser of the year needs your help right now!  Mark your calendar to join us a for a leisurely family and pet walk on Sunday, May 20 (1-3pm) along the downtown Central Canal in Indianapolis, but first, create a team and raise pledges!  All support will fund our efforts to continue and even expand the services provided by our AfterCare program.  While the Family Promise shelter helps people secure housing, AfterCare works with families for up to two years to help them keep it.  Learn more details about the event here...


Three new congregations join the Interfaith Hospitality Network shelter program; IHN program expected to operate at maximum capacity for first time in more than 10 years

New Bethel for websiteMARCH 2018: Thanks to funding from the D.M. Cook Fund and the work of the Congregational Relationships Committee, three new congregations joined the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) shelter program as hosting congregations.  New Bethel Missionary Baptist (pictured) under the leadership of Pastor Jack Reed signed up first, and is conveniently located just two blocks from the Family Promise Day Center.  They already started hosting on December 31, 2017.  Martindale Church--also a short few blocks from the Day Center--signed up to host as well thanks to the leadership of Pastor Ke'tre Dickens and quick organizing efforts by coordinator Karen Burgess.  They started hosting February 4, 2018.  Last, University United Methodist's council voted to join the network and host for the first time in the Fall of 2018 as a member of IHN.  When their hosting weeks are combined with St. Luke's United Methodist (increased to four weeks) and Zionsville Presbyterian (increased to three weeks), the IHN program expects to have two different congregations hosting four homeless families each every night of the year the rest of 2018 and all of 2019!  Read more in the 2017 Annual Report...


Family Promise reduces the average "stay" in its shelter by 15%, allowing it to serve 28% more families in 2017 than previous peak in 2015

Briahna graduation1 2 15 18MARCH 2018: In January of 2017, an inaugural gift of $65,000 was made to Family Promise by the Gayman-Davis Shoemaker Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.  The funds were designed to break down barriers for families in order for them to secure housing faster and decrease the stay in the shelter.  This strategy was designed to allow Family Promise to serve more families and meet more of the need in Indianapolis, given that FPGI receives ten calls each day from families seeking shelter.  The average stay for a family decreased from 35.5 days at the most recent peak in 2015 to just 30.0 days in 2017.  Sixty-three families were therefore able to be sheltered in 2017, a 28% increase!  It was a tremendous achievement made possible by the generous donors, the volunteers, and the staff all working together.  Read more in the 2017 Annual Report...


Save the date: Home Sweet Home returns October 4, 2018

FEBRUARY 2018: We hope you will mark your calendars and join us at our biggest fundraiser of the year, Home Sweet Home.  All the best parts of 2017 will return, including WTHR's Scott Swan emceeing the gourmet dessert auction.


Family Promise Annual Meeting honors 2017 Volunteers of the Year and Coordinators of the Year

AnnMtgWinnersFEBRUARY 2018 - The Family Promise Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 27 at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.  After a prayer by Rabbi Brett Krichiver, the Rev. Dr. William Wallace gave a warm and insightful keynote address on issues affecting fatherhood from his experience as the founder and CEO of the Fathers & Families Center.  The night included the presentation of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award to Joe and Nancy McDonald, who for the last 24 years have served Family Promise through Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.  They have recruited coordinators, advocated for purchase of the organization's first van, and responded to countless urgent needs requests, all while participating as volunteers for more than 100 hosting weeks.  The night concluded with the 2017 Coordinator of the Year award to Marge Ohl and Ric Gasaway from Old Bethel United Methodist Church.  Together Marge and Ric have served for an astounding 15 years in the coordinator role, leading the congregation in sheltering and providing hospitality to more than 150 families.  Family Promise is in awe of the generosity and dedication of these four individuals.  See photos of the event and presentations here.


 The Fall Clothing Drive collected a record 1,203 bags 

Clothing DriveSEPTEMBER 2017 - Congregations, companies, and other organizations helped support the families we serve by donating white, 13-gallon plastic bags full of gently used clothing in all sizes (children's and adults').  We then gave the bags to Goodwill in exchange for a $5 clothing voucher for each bag--vouchers that we desperately need to help families get emergency clothing for their children or even work apparel for a new job.  Old Bethel United Methodist Church more than doubled the existing record with more than 236 bags of clothes collected! 


 

Mustard Seed Barb and Natalia 2 3 17New furniture partnership with The Mustard Seed of Central Indiana

FEBRUARY 2017 - The families we serve now have a furniture source to help fill their home with beds, couches, and even housewares after they move out. Family Promise signed an agreement with The Mustard Seed of Central Indiana (Fishers, IN) to provide furniture to families for the small contribution of $100 plus delivery. Do you have furniture or housewares to donate? Call Natalia at Mustard Seed at 317-572-5724. Want to sponsor a family? Donate $250 now and we will take care of the rest!  [UPDATE FEBRUARY 2018: Thirteen families received furniture from Mustard Seed after leaving the Interfaith Hospitality Shelter program successfully in 2017.] 


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Glick Philanthropies awards Family Promise a new van

JANUARY 2017 - Thanks to a generous grant from Glick Philanthropies, Family Promise purchased "Bailey" (pictured) in March. Bailey will begin service in the Interfaith Hospitality Network program on March 25. We are also grateful to Bill Estes Chevrolet for a below-cost deal on the van that allowed us to allocate the extra grant money to fuel and maintenance for the year.


 First ever Family Assistance Fund established

Autumn sunsetJANUARY 2017 - With humble gratitude, we thank the Gayman-Davis Shoemaker Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, for a $65,000 grant to establish our first ever Family Assistance Fund. This grant is potentially renewable for $40,000 each year thereafter. The fund goes 100% to expenses families incur for childcare, employment, or housing--always paid to a third party, and always requiring an effort match. For example, if a mom secures a job but has to wait 30 days for public childcare vouchers, we will cover the first month of childcare. If a dad save first month's rent in 30 days, but doesn't yet have the security deposit saved, we will match the savings. Our goal with this fund is to decrease the average stay in our shelter (while maintaining the successful exit rate) so that we can serve more of the families we have to turn away every day because we are full. This investment was not made lightly, so the entire board and staff agree that we need to work urgently and diligently so that it can have the greatest impact possible. Read more in our 2016 Annual Report

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