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The Gift That Gives Back

As the temperatures continue to drop, most of us grab our thick winter coats, hats, and gloves before heading out the door for holiday activities. For many of Indy’s homeless residents, that is impossible. This holiday season, please considering giving the gift that gives back by donating to HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program (HIP). You can [...]

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Healthy Choices: Not just for the fortunate.

Have you ever been to a grocery store in an under-served neighborhood?  It wasn’t long ago that I ran over to a store close to my office to grab some food choices for a client training session.  I was in the market for some healthier choices that people could munch on while they were learning [...]

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Access to Hygiene Products for Homeless Women

As you might imagine, there are many barriers for women that are living on the streets or in emergency shelters in our community.  Immediate challenges that one might think of could be childcare, schooling, and getting their children out of domestic violence situations. Any one of these challenges might be enough to certainly frustrate but have also [...]

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Brassiere Bazaar

On Saturday April 30th, HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program (HIP) hosted a “Brassiere Bazaar” for homeless women in Indianapolis. The event was conceived as a result of an informal relationship with Rachael Heger, who had a mission to provide 3,500 bras to homeless women by her 35th birthday.  Rachael thought this was a goal that could [...]

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What is Family?

What is family? Everyone has a different definition of what constitutes a family. For Dawn, her family consists of her husband and her dogs Stasha and Oklahoma. During the polar vortex in the winter of 2014, *Dawn and her husband *Gary were living in an abandoned home. They were offered shelter, but refused to leave [...]

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Winter is Upon Us: Helping Our Homeless Neighbors

As we entered into the holiday season many of our homeless neighbors were able to enjoy either a holiday breakfast or holiday dinner at many locations around the city.  As we get closer to the holidays, the Indianapolis community is bracing for our winter months that lie ahead.  We are filling our snow blowers with [...]

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Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless

HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program and the Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis are hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2015. The dinner will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe located at 49 S. Meridian Street. This annual dinner serves approximately 300 people, who might not otherwise have a [...]

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Summer Challenges for the Homeless

It is easy to connect the needs of the homeless in winter because the past few winters have been so cold and challenging from a snow, ice and temperature perspective.  However, the weather can be just as challenging to those on the streets during the summer months. There are some critical needs for our Outreach [...]

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Help a Veteran Today!

Want to make a difference in the lives of our veterans? Donate a move-in kit to the veterans coming from the street/shelter to live in an apartment. HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program’s Veteran Grant Per Diem housing program assists veterans off the streets and into an apartment where they can live for up to two years [...]

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HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program – Employment & Training

HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program (HIP) provides a variety of services to those in Indianapolis experiencing homelessness. These services include outreach, housing, case management, veterans assistance, and employment and training. Matt Holland has been a part of HIP’s Employment & Training team for two and a half years. We sat down with Matt to learn more [...]

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