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Summer Donation Needs For Homeless Clients

Looking for ways to give back and make a difference this summer? HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program could use your help! Our donation needs vary throughout the year and we are currently in need of the following items: Donation Needs for Men Pants (especially large) Underwear Socks Shoes (larger sizes especially 16EEE, 18, 19) T-shirts (larger sizes [...]

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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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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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Helping Homeless Families and their Pets

The word “families” doesn’t always represent the traditional family stereotype. Families can include children, no children, children who live with grandparents, and many other living situations. There are also families who do not include children, but have pets who are seen by those families as their dependents or children. There are many different challenges that [...]

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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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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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Serving Our Veterans

In April, HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program (HIP) was part of a community wide effort including the Veteran’s Administration and Indiana National Guard among many others, to have a booth and support in the way of volunteers the “Operation Hire A Hoosier Veteran Career Fair.” Many exceptional employer partners were present, including but not limited, to [...]

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