January 18, 2023

Indianapolis human service organizations receive millions in grant funding

Groundbreaking for a new permanent supportive housing project at Horizon House breaks ground in 2022.  - (Christy Gormal/Horizon House)

Groundbreaking for a new permanent supportive housing project at Horizon House breaks ground in 2022.

(Christy Gormal/Horizon House)

A recent gift from Lilly Endowment helps 28 service organizations in Indianapolis.  The grants total $41 million and average well over $1 million for each organization. Horizon House will receive $1.7 million, and expects to use the money to expand facilities and staff.  Horizon House helps people experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis by providing daily services and connection to resources including jobs and housing.

"This grant will help expand our role in the community," Horizon House Executive Director Teresa Wessel said. "We can offer more services and programs to continue placing chronically homeless neighbors into permanent, safe, and supportive housing so they can thrive."

The three-year grants were made to community centers, immigration groups and organizations serving people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and hunger.  Larger gifts were given to the John Boner Community Center with $4.5 million and Wheeler Mission for $3.4 million.

The endowment has a history of supporting human and social services. The following organizations, all based in Indianapolis, are receiving the capacity building support grants.

Community Centers
Christamore House, $1 million
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE), $1.4 million
Concord Center Association (Concord Neighborhood Center), $1 million
Edna Martin Christian Center, $1.8 million
Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek, $1.3 million
Flanner House, $1.4 million
Hawthorne Social Services Association (Hawthorne Community Center), $1 million
John H. Boner Community Center (John Boner Neighborhood Centers), $4.5 million
La Plaza, $1 million
Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center (MLK Center), $1 million
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, $1.1 million
Shepherd Community Center, $1,636,000
Southeast Community Services, $1.3 million

Immigration and Refugee Services
Exodus Refugee Immigration, $1.2 million
Immigrant Welcome Center, $200,000

Domestic Violence, Hunger Relief, Homelessness Prevention and Intervention
Catholic Charities Indianapolis, $2.1 million
Damien Center, $1 million
Dayspring Center, $550,000
Dove Recovery House for Women, $340,000
Firefly Children and Family Alliance, $900,000
HealthNet, $1.4 million
Horizon House, $1.7 million
HVAF of Indiana, $1.8 million
The Julian Center, $1.6 million
Safe Haven II (Coburn Place), $1.6 million
The Salvation Army, Indiana Division, $1.7 million
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, $2.1 million
Wheeler Mission Ministries, $3.4 million

Contact WFYI city government and policy reporter Jill Sheridan at jsheridan@wfyi.org. Follow on Twitter: @JillASheridan.

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