In January, Whole Foods Market on 86th Street in Nora, distributed over $6,000 worth of healthy organic food to the Homeless Initiative Program (HIP). The following items were picked up by our staff and delivered to the individuals housed through our Ralph Dowe Legacy Housing Project and Threshold Project.
- Pallets of cereal
- Whole wheat pasta and sauce
- Organic canned vegetables and soup
- Several other household items
The Threshold Project is a Shelter Plus Care permanent supportive housing program that was initiated in 2004. It combines supportive housing services with comprehensive case management and job training support. The Threshold Project is a sponsor-based rental assistance program that serves 42 chronically homeless individuals with a disabling condition including serious mental illness, chronic addiction, or a co-occuring disorder. All 42 individual apartment units are leased at a single site, the Gladstone Building, a property owned and operated by Partners in Housing, a not-for-profit developer.
The Ralph Dowe Legacy Housing Project provides on-going case management and resource coordination for formerly chronically homeless persons transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Currently, HIP provides services to 16 chronically homeless individuals housed in one-bedroom units in the North Oaks of Broad Ripple apartment community. Using a housing first approach, Dowe clients are moved directly from the streets or emergency shelter into permanent housing. Once they are housed, HIP staff works with them to address the underlying issues of their chronic homelessness.
The donation from Whole Foods Market’s Bag Hunger campaign provided much needed food to those housed in one of our programs. Educating our clients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to helping them “get back on their feet.” By providing them the opportunity to take part in eating healthy, furthers their success for the future.
You can also help directly by donating to HIP online or raising awareness about resources for the homeless within our community!
Comment below if YOU have an idea on how to BAG HUNGER for those in Indy who need it or know of other resources for the homeless.