Human Services

Lilly retiree runs Christamore on smaller budgetRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Christamore House, a west-side community center that was in danger of closing its doors last year, recently hired an Eli Lilly and Co. retiree as executive director. Bill Scott, 57, took on the job to give back to the Haughville neighborhood where his grandmother and other relatives lived.
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Task force coaxes homeless off downtown streetsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
An informal collaboration of social workers, police and prosecutors has had early success getting some of the most stubborn homeless people in Indianapolis from downtown streets to shelter or recovery programs.
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NFP of NOTE: Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc.

March 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gleaners’ mission is to end hunger by engaging individuals and communities to provide food for people in need.
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Homeless-aid group up and running in Indianapolis

March 7, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A fast-growing national organization that gets homeless people involved in running is expanding to Indianapolis.
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Second Helpings names CEO

March 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Second Helpings named Jennifer Vigran, a human resources professional and past board member, its new CEO.
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NFP of NOTE: Trusted Mentors

January 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Trusted Mentors uses the power of mentoring to help adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the effects of incarceration.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Wheeler CEO focuses, plans more beds

January 12, 2011
Mason King
LQ_RickAlvis_Watch_VideoRick Alvis looks back on 20 years at Wheeler Mission and ahead to a capital campaign and expansion of a downtown shelter.
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Salvation Army fundraising falls short; service cuts likely

January 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The bell ringers and their red kettles have disappeared for another year, but Salvation Army of Indiana still is nearly $500,000 short of its holiday fundraising goal—putting programs in jeopardy.
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Grant to help Gleaners distribute more perishables

January 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gleaners Food Bank plans to buy a refrigerated truck to supply more fresh produce, dairy and meat to central Indiana pantries, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Kraft Foods.
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Gleaners Food Bank names new CEO

October 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
After a national search, Cindy Hubert, CEO of Indianapolis-based Second Helpings, will take the reins from longtime Gleaners leader Pamela Altmeyer in November.
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Good News Ministries eyes using ex-motel to house homeless

October 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Residents of Irvington are split over whether to support turning the former Indy East Motel into housing for homeless families.
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Christamore House laying off seven employees

October 5, 2010
Local not-for-profit also may temporarily reduce client services to ease its financial struggles. The agency said it needs to raise $200,000 to continue operating through the rest of the year.
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Julian Center opens apartments for victims of domestic abuse

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
34 North, an apartment complex for victims of domestic abuse, opened in August at 34th and Meridian streets.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Gleaners chief gets wake-up call

August 11, 2010
Mason King
Altmeyer
                           watch videoCEO Pamela Altmeyer reevaluated her priorities and decided to step down after a family tragedy and the agency's latest capital campaign.
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Gleaners CEO to step down after nearly 30 years

July 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 63-year-old head of the central Indiana food bank plans to leave after a nationwide search for her successor. She departs as the group ramps up plans to move into a new headquarters.
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Widowed car dealer Christine Burd becomes mental health advocate

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Burd, who is president of Burd Ford, a mother of four, and a fixture on television commercials for the dealership, has become an advocate for mental health following her husband's suicide.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Goodwill boss on lessons learned

June 2, 2010
Mason King
McClelland_100by100Jim McClelland of Goodwill Industries picks his favorite book on management and explains how he righted his biggest wrong turns.
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Habitat foreclosures on riseRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
So far this year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis has filed six foreclosure suits, more than in any of the past five years. The organization also repossessed four houses as a result of the prior year's foreclosures. In a typical year, CEO Dean Illingworth said, Indy Habitat takes back one or two houses, so the recent uptick is troubling.
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Timmy Foundation to absorb doctor's Nigerian mission

May 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The foundation, founded by Dr. Chuck Dietzen, will absorb the Mercy Foundation, started by Dr. Mercy Obeime, in July.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Literacy leader pens success story

May 19, 2010
Mason King
LQ_DiNicola_WatchVideoIndy Reads' Travis DiNicola empowers employees by preaching an entrepreneurial mindset.
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IUPUI coach Ron Hunter receives Good Guy award

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association is recognizing Hunter's efforts on behalf of millions of children around the world who are in need of shoes.
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NFP of NOTE: Trusted Mentors Inc.

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Trusted Mentors Inc. uses the power of mentoring to help adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the effects of incarceration.
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Salvation Army draws scrutiny for supplying homes to officersRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
In Indiana, the Salvation Army owns 34 residences, including 10 in Indianapolis with a combined value of $1.6 million.
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Fund-raisers a little more optimistic as 2009 ends

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
People who raise money for a living are more optimistic about their prospects now than they were six months ago, reports the Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI.
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Lilly Endowment boosts emergency fund by $1M

November 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The fund has helped more than 6,000 households in six counties pay for housing, utilities and food.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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