St. Monica Parish is now a "Host Congregation"
for Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis
Along with our Cohort Parishes of St. Gabriel and St. Michael, St. Monica will host four homeless families in our buildings (our Outreach Center) three different weeks in 2020.
WEEK 1: Sunday, February 2 -thru- Sunday, February 9, 2020
WEEK 2: Sunday, May 24 -thru- Sunday, May 31, 2020
WEEK 3: Sunday, October 25 -thru- Sunday, November 1, 2020
How "it" Works
Each congregation participating in the Interfaith Hospitality Network provides overnight lodging and meals for four families (up to 14 people) for one week at a time. Each congregation takes a turn hosting three or four weeks per year. Network "guests" stay in each congregation from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily. Each morning guests drive or ride in the IHN van to the Family Promise Day Center (1850 N. Arsenal Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46218). Children generally then go to school or daycare, while most adults go to work at various locations in and around Indianapolis. The adults who either cannot work or are seeking work meet with a case manager and build skills for lasting financial stability while applying for housing and/or employment.
The volunteers are the lifeblood of the program. Volunteers set up the rooms and beds on Sunday. They cook and serve a meal each night. They provide bag lunches and easy breakfast foods. They plan activities for children and families, and engage with everyone present. They sleep overnight in a fifth room. They drive the guests in the IHN van to the Day Center each morning, and then drive guests back to the congregation each evening. They wash the sheets at the end of the week, they pack up the beds, and they drop the trailer and van off at the next congregation the following Sunday.
Learn more about Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis at www.fpgi.org
See Mike Chapuran, Executive Director of Family Promise on rtv6 news recently, talking about the problem of homelessness here in Indianapolis. Indianapolis is second only to New York City in the eviction of families who are behind on rent.
We are a partnership of congregations and community organizations responding to the crisis of children and their families who are homeless. We work to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis.
A community where homelessness is rare, short lived, and recoverable.
The day that all Hoosier families who are homeless are sheltered on the day they become homeless, because homelessness is not an option for any family or individual.
We believe deeply in all of the following, and these guide how we pursue our mission and vision:
Interfaith cooperation: While our beliefs vary, our motivation for what we do is rooted in spiritual faith and a profound call to service. This allows us bridge our differences for the sake of helping others without proselytization.
Keeping families together: We believe families should stay together—not be separated—during the most difficult times in their lives…no matter the makeup of a family.
Changing lives: While we will provide assistance to meet emergency needs, it is more important that we provide access to skill development, resources, and networks to create lasting stability.
Hospitality: We try to generously give of ourselves in addition to our resources. We believe a warm welcome and compassionate service are keys to replacing despair with dignity.
Good stewardship: We serve almost twice as many families per dollar invested as traditional shelters because we have 1,000+ volunteers utilizing a network of in-kind facilities. Because children and their families are in crisis, every dollar needs to count.
Raising awareness: We believe a big reason for homelessness is poverty, and part of the cause is systemic. Said more simply, opportunities are not equal. It is not enough to help a family without asking ourselves and neighbors why there is a need in the first place.