Human Services

Julian Center hires not-for-profit vet as leader

February 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Julian Center Inc. has hired Catherine O’Connor as president and CEO, the domestic-violence shelter announced Thursday.
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2-1-1 call centers see demand soar, but funding tight

December 7, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Indianapolis-based Connect2Help is the busiest of Indiana’s 11 2-1-1 call centers, receiving more than 265,000 calls last year.
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Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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Hamilton County pursuing domestic-violence shelter

October 5, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Community leaders are working to open a domestic-violence shelter in fast-growing Hamilton County—a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to serve residents in need of emergency housing.
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Wheeler Mission lands $1M grant to help with expansion

October 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Wheeler Mission Ministries Inc. said Wednesday that it has received a donation from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust that will allow it to start construction on a new facility next to its shelter at 520 E. Market St. in downtown Indianapolis.
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As city budget tightens, Center Township trustee has money to burn

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IBJ SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township lowered its bank balance in 2012, to $6.7 million, but the biggest checks Trustee Eugene Akers wrote weren't for emergency needs like food or shelter, the township’s main mission.
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Tough times didn't spur spike in poor relief

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heading into the 2008 recession, Center Township sat on $10.5 million in cash, but sky-high unemployment and rising poverty over the next four years failed to drain those funds, and the disconnect persists in several area townships.
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New CEO of disability-services group to tackle red inkRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Dan Human
Easter Seals Crossroads has promoted its No. 2 leader to take the top post—a challenging assignment at a time the organization is weathering annual deficits of almost $1 million and facing uncertainty over future government funding.
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NFP of NOTE: CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

February 9, 2013
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions empowers older adults, those of any age with a disability and family caregivers to achieve the greatest possible independence, dignity and quality of life.
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NFP of NOTE: Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc.

January 26, 2013
Volunteers of America of Indiana is a faith-based organization that provides life-changing services to enhance the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of individuals.
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Small charity to use NBC show to boost visibility, vie for $1M prizeRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
The efforts of Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health to improve health in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa while exposing hundreds of students to the realities of the medical industry have earned it an appearance on network TV and a shot at a $1 million unrestricted grant.
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City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit

November 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)
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Anti-hunger groups tap Six Sigma gurus for guidanceRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Human
Members of the Indy Hunger Network knew it would take discipline when they set the goal of feeding 185 million meals every year—27 million more than they do now—by 2015.
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Local Easter Seals CEO to retire after 32 years

October 18, 2012
James Vento, president and CEO of Easter Seals Crossroads, is retiring after 32 years at the helm of the Indianapolis-based agency, the not-for-profit said Wednesday.
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NFP of NOTE: Joy's House

August 25, 2012
Joy’s House is committed to supporting families by providing exceptional adult day services.
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Donors slow to support agencies serving seniors despite growing needRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Dan Human
The aging population is expected to generate an explosion in demand for senior services—taxing a network of often thinly funded providers. Executives of such not-for-profits say they often encounter apathy toward senior causes.
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NFP of NOTE: Trusted MentorsRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Trusted Mentors uses the power of mentoring to help adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, underemployment and the effects of incarceration.
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Fairbanks leader Cross stepping down after impressive runRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Scott Olson
When Helene Cross arrived to lead Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center in 2001, the alcohol and drug rehabilitation hospital was as sick financially as its patients were physically.
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Council mulls axing applications' prior-conviction box

July 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Vop Osili thinks the city could level the job-seeking playing field for ex-offenders by eliminating the question of past convictions on job applications.
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NFP of NOTE: HVAF of Indiana Inc.

June 30, 2012
HVAF of Indiana is dedicated to eliminating homelessness for veterans and their families through prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy.
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Report: Charitable donations ticked up in 2011

June 19, 2012
Dan Human
Charitable giving grew 4 percent nationally in 2011, but the increase was less than 1 percent after adjusting for inflation, according to a report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
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Indiana basketball star returns to west-side community centerRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Steve Downing is now on the board of Christamore House, where he and others once honed their hoops skills.
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Largest senior center in city to close at end of month

June 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Senior Center, 708 E. Michigan St., is directing clients to other agencies for meals, transportation and other services the center has provided since 1962.
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Damien Center pays off building mortgageRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Agency that offers HIV- and AIDS-related services owns its headquarters free and clear after $3 million capital campaign.
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NFP OF NOTE: Horizon HouseRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Horizon House provides direct support to persons who are homeless.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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