2019 Faith & Action Project grantees:
$30,000 to BUILD (Believers United In Local Development). This grant will allow BUILD to reach more young men and women with programs that provide unemployed or underemployed youth with accredited training for in-demand skills in the construction industry. Using an evidenced-based approach that focuses on training and poverty disruption through mentoring, education and more, BUILD collaborates with YouthBuild Indy partnerships that incorporate the West Side Ministers (led by Friendship Missionary Church) as well as EmployIndy, Marian University, CICF, INHP and Marion County Community Corrections. With the grant, BUILD will increase its capacity to provide training to 10 young men and women (ages 16-24). Program participants receive tool belts with basic hand tools, construction boots, personal protective equipment, lunches and a weekly stipend during the 14-week training period. In addition, when necessary, trainees receive counseling, transportation assistance, rental assistance and financial counseling.
$30,000 to the Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and Shepherd Community Center. NEAR and the Shepherd Community Center will use their grant to help fund the first intentional intergenerational living and learning center in Indiana, where senior adults and young children will find shelter, care, hospitality, growth and hope. In response to a critical community need for both childcare and affordable senior housing, NEAR is redeveloping the former IPS School 78 at 3734 East Vermont Street into the Minnie Hartmann Center, which will include 64 units of affordable senior housing and a Shepherd Community Center-operated early learning/childcare center that will serve 148 children. Plans also include training for families from John Boner Neighborhood Centers in such areas as career services, financial coaching and individual development accounts. When completed, the day care will create 27 new full-time, livable-wage jobs. www.nearindy.org and www.shepherdcommunity.org
$30,000 to the Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (PACE). PACE will use its grant to remove barriers to successful re-entry for men and women coming out of prison and their families. With services including job placements, transportation assistance, peer recovery coaching, high school equivalency preparation, mental health counseling and more, PACE fights poverty by helping ex-offenders develop productive lives and avoid re-offending. While studies have shown that, without services, 45% of prisoners will re-offend, PACE participants experienced a recidivism rate of only 2.9 percent in 2018. Partnering with a range of community organizations and corporations, PACE operates its Recovery Resource Center in the Martindale-Brightwood Community and focuses on outcomes such as employment, job placements, participation in education and training programs, financial-coaching participation and avoiding re-arrest. PACE’s strongest partner is Overcoming Church, a church with a passion for welcoming and serving those in recovery through prison outreach, faith walks, a weekly group meeting for those in recovery and a transitional/recovery home for women. www.paceindy.org
$25,000 to Purposeful Design. With its grant, Purposeful Design plans to add additional training and services to its social enterprise that helps to re-build the lives of men, women and youth who have struggled through poverty, addiction, homelessness and/or prison. Equipping participants with work skills and productive work, Purposeful Design teaches participants furniture making as well as what it means to walk in faith. The organization plans to use the 2019 Faith & Action grant to add metal working to its services (which will allow it to hire and train more people), expand its no-fee School of Woodworking & Discipleship to reach more men, women and youth, as well as to fine-tune the organization, plan for future growth, and expand beyond Central Indiana. For the past three years, revenue from furniture sales has covered more than 90% of expenses, suggesting that self-sustainability and scaling up are possible. Collaborators include College Park Church, Festool Corporation, Purdue University and 35 additional corporations, nonprofits and churches. www.pdindy.org