2018 Faith & Action Project grantees:
$50,000 to the ROCK Initiative at Eastern Star Church in partnership with Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and RecycleForce. The Double Forward Initiative seeks to disrupt the cycle of recidivism and housing eviction in the 46218 zip code. With new housing options, a grocery store and counseling services already being developed, this grant will create avenues to second-chance opportunities by helping project participants gain financial stability and integrate educational and life-skills attainment, assisting with housing placement and educating participants about smart rental practices.
$30,000 to Heart Change Ministries. Heart Change provides ongoing, daily support to vulnerable families in the Brookside neighborhood who are working to achieve stability through formal and informal counseling. Heart Change staff and volunteers develop deep personal relationships with individual moms with a goal of helping them make lasting changes. Heart Change will use the grant to finish renovations at the house that will serve as home for its Gift of Work initiative called Heart Felt Soaps. The new space will allow Heart Change to employ more women and sell more soaps, thus helping moms break the cycle of generational poverty.
$20,000 to Outreach Inc. Outreach provides homeless youth with a safe refuge from the unrelenting pressures of homelessness. During drop-in hours at the near eastside facility, youth have access to laundry facilities, computer labs, a food pantry, shower facilities, and family-style warm meals. Additionally, homeless youth are supported on their journey by case managers who help the youth navigate a path to sustainable independence and growth.