Spirited Chase 2014

Spirited Chase 2014

WFYI would like to thank its amazing program partners for this year’s Spirited Chase Event, “Pack Your Bags.” From witnessing the journey of recyclable materials, to donning a hair net and preparing meals, plotting imaginative transit systems, dining to international music, beautifying local neighborhoods, and going back to high school, our partners celebrated the many journeys our community experiences and provided Spirited Chase participants a day to remember!

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Founded in 2005, RecycleForce is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit with a twofold mission: 1) to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully transition back into civil society by providing employment supported by a host of social services; and 2) to keep as much recyclable material as possible out of Indiana’s landfills – with an emphasis on electronic waste.  Since inception, RecycleForce has helped over 1,000 individuals return home and processed over 45 million pounds of material.  RecycleForce core philosophical tenet is that employment needs to stand at the center of re-entry. The dignity of work and a paycheck earned is one of the surest ways to stop the revolving door of recidivism.


Soup’s On at Robert’s Park 
Soup's On at Roberts Park is in its second decade of service to our community. For roughly 20 years the ministry has served a warm meal and warm hospitality to the hungry and homeless in Indianapolis. Roughly 250 guests each week are served in a friendly, caring environment in which they feel welcomed and respected. They are able to meet and converse with their friends and leave nourished in more ways than just with a meal. Churches and organizations from across the Indianapolis metropolitan area participate in the program with a different team serving each week. This effort takes a crew of 20 volunteers each week, guided by a host representative of Roberts Park.


IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, provides public bus transit services to residents and visitors throughout Marion County. On its 31 local service fixed routes IndyGo provided 10.2M passenger trips in 2013. In September 2014, IndyGo broke ground on its Downtown Transit Center, which is set to open in late 2015.


Immigrant Welcome Center
The Immigrant Welcome Center was founded in 2006 to empower immigrants by connecting them to the people, places, and resources that enable them to build successful lives and enrich our community.  The Center does this by:  connecting immigrant newcomers with Natural Helpers, providing information and referral for employment, ESL/language needs, housing, transportation, legal services, and more at neighborhood branches, partnering with social service agencies, health care centers, schools, faith communities, job training centers, and creating a more welcoming city for immigrants through Welcoming Indianapolis.


Keep Indianapolis Beautiful 
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In 2013, KIB worked with more than 30,000 volunteers on over 500 community projects.


Christel House DORS 
Christel House DORS is a high school serving students 18 and older that dropped out of high school or did not complete at a traditional age. The mission of Christel House DORS is to empower students by providing them the tools necessary to achieve high school graduation and post-secondary success. DORS will re-engage students who have previously left the educational system and allow students to choose their individual pathway to academic success. DORS will serve as a gateway for students to realize their hopes and dreams by becoming self-sufficient, contributing members of society.” Christel House DORS is a public, tuition free, charter school authorized by the Mayor’s Office of Indianapolis.

Duos and Yats
Thanks to all the partners who kept us nourished throughout the day!


“Pack Your Bags”

WFYI invites you to “Pack Your Bags” and join us on a JOURNEY around Indianapolis during the 6th Annual Spirited Chase on Saturday, November  15. Part of the 2014 Spirit and Place Festival, this interactive on-the-go program offers you the chance to visit six secret locations in search of understanding the various ways in which members of our community encounter and experience JOURNEY.

During your "chase," you will be given an envelope at each destination with information about your next location. The envelope includes precise directions for driving (or biking) and parking. The six community partner venues are unique and each will offer its own creative and engaging brand of "journey”. Come prepared to be a little daring and to maybe get a bit dirty. (Outdoor and hands-on activities are a definite possibility!) You will have the chance for photos along the way, a lunch stop, and a time for reflection and feedback at the end of the day. (Please note: WFYI will try to accommodate dietary requests and participants with needs that cannot be met will be notified prior to the event.)

If you are able, we encourage you to bring along a canister of inexpensive ground coffee, a bag of sugar (no packets please), or a bottle of powdered coffee creamer.  These items will be donated to a local human service organization in order to assist them in continuing along their JOURNEY toward serving members of our community.

So, pack your bags, and join us on a day-long JOURNEY around Indianapolis!


Do I need to participate in the whole event?
No, but we hope you do! There will be 6 locations.
Are children welcome?
Yes, but the event is best suited for children 14 years of age or older.
Can I change team members?
Yes, but we need to have final confirmation of team members before November 14.
What constitutes one-car-load?
         Car loads are limited to 8 persons per vehicle.
Are the sites accessible?
Regrettably, not all locations are ADA compliant. WFYI staff and volunteers will do their best to assist those with disabilities, however.
Will there be rest facilities along the way?
Yes, the venues will have facilities available.
Should I bring water or snacks?
Please do! We will provide light breakfast snacks, a lunch, and some light refreshments at the closing venue.
Is this rain or shine?
Yes! Dress for mess! Rain or shine, hot or cold, messy or clean ... we're taking you there! (Tennis shoes really are a must and skirts/dresses are not recommended. Check the morning forecast and bring an umbrella, if needed.)
Will I need any extra money?
Perhaps, but that's because you might wish to purchase an item from a location.
Will you tell me where I'm going?
Yes, indeed, but only by printed instructions at the previous stop. No information about destinations will be revealed in advance. We will email you final confirmation information about where to meet for the start of the Spirited Chase on November 15.

PLEASE also check your email on the morning of November 15 in case of any last minute changes.

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