Before Christmas, the IU Health Revenue Cycle Services team ran a fundraiser for our Homeless Initiative Program (HIP). Even though this winter has been particularly warm, the holiday season is still a tough one for the homeless population. When everyone else is thinking about the gift they want to receive that they would never buy for themselves, homeless individuals are thinking about the necessities, as well as still making it a great holiday season.
111 hygiene kits.
128 bags containing hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and underwear.
Thanks to the Revenue Cycle Services team at IU Health, HIP had resources to make it a better holiday season for Indianapolis’ homeless. The hygiene kits arrived just in time to be gifted to 58 men and women living in HIP’s permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. The other items are being used by our street outreach team to help those who are homeless get through any cold nights that are in the future (and we know there will be some — it’s Indiana).
The generous cash donation is being used directly for client needs. An all-day bus pass in downtown Indianapolis costs $4.00. However, without them clients would not be able to attend counseling appointments or take advantage of employment training or job search opportunities. Once a client finds a job, bus passes are still needed to get to and from work until they receive their first paycheck. For families that are fortunate to find employment but are still struggling to move from emergency shelter to an apartment, $450 can be used to help pay one month’s rent or $300 can eliminate a nagging electric bill.