Family Promise welcomes Lena Hill as the new case manager for AfterCare

384523 Family Promise Reunion 1 030519Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis celebrated 25 years of serving families at the Family Promise Reunion on Sunday, May 19, 2019, presented by Strada Education Network

Lawrence United Methodist and West Morris Free Methodist join the Interfaith Hospitality Network to host familiesLawrence UMC

Barb Williams retires as Case Manager, AfterCare

 Subaru of Indiana Automotive Foundation awards Family Promise $3,000 for new trailer

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DECEMBER 2018: At an event to be held on December 11 in Lafayette, the Subaru of Indiana Automotive Foundation will present Alex Slabosky, Board President of Family Promise with a grant of $3,000 so the organization can replace a 20-year old trailer.  The trailer carries rollaway beds to and from congregations that use their facilities to host homeless families.  With this second new trailer, the fleet of two vans and two trailers active to make the shelter run smoothly has successfully been renewed, with no vehicle older than 2012.  The back-up van, a 2004 Ford named "Memphis," is still running strong and utilized weekly to move families into their new homes and pick up unsheltered families seeking help.  Thank you, SIA Foundation, for the generosity to help Family Promise help others!

Dates announced for 2019 Clothing Drive

NOVEMBER 2018: Because the Fall Clothing Drive was so successful, and because next year is the 25th anniversary of the beginning of our Interfaith Hospitality Network in Greater Indianapolis, Family Promise will only be holding one clothing drive in 2019.  Collection will occur at congregations and companies August 2 to 18, 2019.  Drop off at the Family Promise Day Center will be August 19 to 24.  Download a flier here that you can use, and please save the dates!  It is expected that we would return to both a spring and fall clothing drive in 2020.

Fall Clothing Drive collects a record 1,500 bags

NOVEMBER 2018: The Fall Clothing drive's previous record was 1,203 bags, but this past October, 18 congregations and companies participated to collect just more than 1,500 bags.  Old Bethel United Methodist led the way again with 233 bags.  After the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh, they unhesitatingly agreed to share the title with Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation who donated 136 bags.  That congregation always brings their bags a week or two prior to the drop-off time because due to bomb threats, they cannot leave bags at the congregation for an extended period of time.  It was a beautiful show of solidarity.  Every bag represents a $5 Goodwill voucher ($7,500 total in vouchers) that Family Promise will be awarded to grant to families entering the shelter who need school uniforms, emergency clothes, work clothes, and even housewares when they move in to their new home.  Thank you to the following congregations for your support:

1) Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation - 136 bags
1) Old Bethel UMC - 233 bags
3) Southport UMC - 193 bags
4) Zionsville UMC - 137 bags
5) Allisonville Christian - 132 bags
6) The Promise UMC - 106 bags
7) St. Peter's UCC - 101 bags
8) First Mennonite - 64 bags
9) First Congregational - 60 bags
10) Cross & Crown Lutheran - 58 bags
11) Castleton UMC - 49 bags
12) Major Too & Machine - 44 bags
13) St. Mark's UMC - 43 bags
14) Speedway UMC - 34 bags
15) Haughville Seventh Day Adventist - 28 bags
16) Martindale Church - 8 bags
17) St. Michael Episcopal - 4 bags
18) New Bethel Missionary Baptist - 2 bags

*Results do not add to 1,500 because of other donations not affiliated with a congregation/company above.

Home Sweet Home raises $135,000 with matching gift of $25,000 from the David P. Sheetz Foundation!

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OCTOBER 2018: A sellout crowd of almost 400 people came together to celebrate the Family Promise mission at the 19th Annual Home Sweet Home.  A touching testimony by Yolanda Brewster was the culmination of the evening and launched the dessert auction from raising $39,000 to $48,000 in its final three minutes.  A surprise $25,000 matching gift from a supporting foundation helped motivate the final giving, and the crowd responded.  Read more...

Nancy Hardin awarded the G. Dean Lindsey Lifetime Leadership Award

OCTOBER 2018: At the 19th Annual Home Sweet Home fundraiser, Marcia Angstadt read a touching tribute to long-time Family Promise volunteer and former board member, Nancy Hardin.  Nancy immersed herself in the misison of FPGI twenty years ago, and has since driven the van, cooked meals, coordinated volunteers for Meridian Street United Methodist, served on the Advisory Council, and more.  Read more...

Irvington Association of Ministers joins the Interfaith Hospitality NetworkIrvington Presbyterian

AUGUST 2018: The Irvington Association of Ministers--a group of congregations on the east side of Indianapolis--signed up to join the Interfaith Hospitality Network and will begin hosting the week of December 16, 2018.  The association is comprised of Downey Avenue Christian Church, Ellenberger United Church of Christ, Emerson Avenue Baptist Church, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Irvington Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.  Irvington Presbyterian Church (pictured) will be the hosting facility, while volunteers from the other congregations support in providing meals, transportation, children's activities, overnight hosting, and more.  Welcome to the network, Irvington Association of Ministers!

The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, awards Family Promise $20,000 grant!

Indianapolis Found logo png web preferredMAY 2018: The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate, awarded Family Promise a $20,000 grant to fund a training and capacity building project. The grant includes funding for nonviolent crisis intervention training for staff and volunteers, an improved computer lab for guest families at the Day Center, and more!  Our many thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation for the generous support and partnership!  Read the announcement at CICF's website...

Walking for Dreams raises more than $32,000 to fully fund Family Promise's AfterCare program

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MAY 2018: Family Promise's second biggest fundraiser of  the year--a leisurely family and pet walk on Sunday, May 20 along the downtown Central Canal in Indianapolis--had 147 walkers raise more than $32,000 to once again fully fund Family Promise's AfterCare program.  Read more about the effort (and see photos) here...

Old Bethel United Methodist repeats as the Spring 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.  Thank you to the 13 congregations that participated!

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...

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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