Overdose Lifeline will visit seven different faith organizations across the state. Executive director Justin Phillips says churches have been asking how to engage their community regarding the opioid epidemic.
Dressed in neon blue-and-green shirts, a dozen walkers used the 3-mile Downtown Canal Walk loop Saturday to carry signs and share statistics about food scarcity faced by some people in the Indianapolis area.
Many organizations in Indiana have been part of this project; Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC), AmeriCorps, Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors (COIN) and TeenWorks participated this year.
Merlin Gonzales, founder and president of FHL, hopes the week will show residents not only how many Hoosiers struggle with regular access to quality food but also how the problem is not just economic but also affects emotional and mental health.
“Instead of worrying about how to take language that someone else created and make it into something that works in their school, to actually create that language in the first place if it’s the right thing for their students,” says Fairchild.
As of today, over $1 million of the $1.5 million-dollar startup goal has been raised. Trinity Haven has received funding from the Lilly Endowment, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention and Episcopal Churches, among others.
CHIP, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention has ways to donate online if you would like to help the homeless youth, as do the Indiana Youth Group, and Outreach, Inc.
he Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council said in October that “anti-Semitic acts and expressions” are at an all-time high.
Students began the day listening to a presentation from Jim Poyser, executive director of Earth Charter Indiana, who discussed ways students can make changes to improve the environment. For example, he said students can campaign to replace Styrofoam cafeteria trays with more environmentally friendly cardboard trays.
Trinity Episcopal Church incubated Trinity Haven until it received its own nonprofit designation in 2018. While all youth will be warmly welcomed at Trinity’s worship services if they wish to attend, there are no religious requirements for residents of Trinity Haven.