Outreach Commission

The Outreach Commission is a tangible form of service in which IHM parishioners demonstrate dedication to the teachings of Jesus Christ to love and serve Him and others.  This commission supports IHM’s mission statement by providing a compassionate ministry of helping others within our parish, and within our local and global communities by providing services and information to those in need of social justice and/or emotional, physical, or financial assistance.

Outreach Commission mission statement: To seek Christ in all persons, answering His call to love others and help those in need.

The Outreach Commission is made up of representatives of each of the IHM outreach ministries. The Commission meets to discuss the good works of each ministry, where they need support, and how the ministries can collaborate and streamline efforts.  Meetings are open to any interested parishioner.  Meetings are held on the second Thursday in alternating months (January, March, May, September, and November) in The Gathering Space or basement conference room at 7:00 pm.   Please contact Paul Ainslie at pjainslie@gmail.com with any questions.



OUTREACH CORNER

Outreach Corner

This weekly piece is designed to support the two goals of the IHM Outreach Commission. Those goals are to:

  1. Increase IHM engagement in Outreach – making better use of IHM’s many gifts to help those in need
  2. Increased awareness at IHM in the principles of more effective and lasting Outreach, and begin using these principles to evaluate and enhance our Outreach efforts over time.

We hope you follow this section weekly and learn with us about doing more impactful outreach. This web site lists many parish Outreach initiatives that could use your help. Please contact the listed ministry head or Scott Lowe lowe7530@outlook.com to find out how you can help.

OUTREACH CORNERS

BOULEVARD FOOD PANTRY

Boulevard Food Pantry

Thank you for providing food for our neighbors!

Current Need for Boulevard Pantry Volunteers…READ MORE HERE

Our Outreach works to provide food to SVDP Boulevard Place Food pantry at 42nd and Boulevard. This neighborhood is close to our homes and is within the boundaries of the North side parishes that serve this pantry. They include IHM, CTK, SJA, STA and St Luke. We provide over 60% of the food to these people that experience some of the highest food poverty in Marion County. Our food donations feed people that live in neighborhoods by STA.  Our eastern boundaries are Keystone Ave to south of 54thstreet to the Fairground and all the way down to 32nd street.  The western boundary extends to neighborhoods all the way to the White River and the northern boundary is 96th street behind Nora Target.

Our IHM Outreach is a great way for families, couples or singles to serve together or individually. The activities consist of delivering food to the pantry form the church once a month or handing out bags once a month after one of the Masses. Our volunteers pass out bags on the third weekend of each month except during the three food drives when we pass out bags on the first of the month. Some volunteers pick up donated food at the church and deliver food to the pantry one weekend a month.  Two families are assigned each weekend, so we are covered during conflicts.  If you are interested in this part of the Outreach contact Trinda Metzger.

Additionally, our IHM junior high students volunteer at the pantry for one hour once a week. We schedule parents to transport IHM junior high students to serve at the pantry and bring any donated food from the school.

We hope this provides helpful reminders to remember our food pantry when we are shopping for food. If you are interested in driving the junior high kids to the pantry once a week, contact Meri Weber.

Thank You!

Any questions contact Trinda Metzger at 317-753-6837 or trindametzger@aol.com.

Pantry hours:

Monday (8:30 am – 10:30 am and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Tuesday (Closed)
Wednesday (8:30 am – 10:30 am and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
Thursday (8:30 am – 10:30 am and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Friday (8:30 am – 10:30 am)
Saturday (9:00 am – Noon)

The most needed items are: spaghetti sauce and pasta, pork and beans, jelly and individual meals, baking supplies, personal hygiene items and canned meats.  All items must be unopened and not require refrigeration. 

CARING COMMUNITY

Caring Community

The Caring Community ministry began in 1997 and is two-fold in its mission. Members of this ministry assist senior members of IHM parish with spiritual and daily needs such as arranging for Eucharistic minister visits and anointing of the sick, as well as transportation to and from doctor appointments, and shut-in visitation. The ministry is also responsible for delivering poinsettias to parishioners 80 years and older and to family members who lost a loved one during that year.

The second mission of this group is to provide volunteers for helping the elderly at “A Caring Place”, an adult day care facility located at 46th and Capital Ave. Duties include facilitating Bible studies, assisting on field trips, reading to the clients, pushing wheelchairs, and typing newsletters.  Please contact Mary McClelland, cmccle4041@sbcglobal.net for more information.

CATHEDRAL SOUP KITCHEN

Cathedral Soup Kitchen

The Cathedral Soup Kitchen provides a meal on Sunday at noon staffed by volunteers from varying parishes in the North Deanery.  The meals are open to everyone, and there are no eligibility requirements  Immaculate Heart of Mary Volunteers are needed on the 4th Sunday of every other month.  Volunteer time is from 11:45 – 2:00 pm. Responsibilities include serving and cleaning up after the meal provided for our hungry inner city neighbors.  Please contact either Allison Gardner or Meredith Runke.

CHANGING LIVES FOREVER

Changing Lives Forever

Help Change a Life Forever!

Changing Lives Forever Program Information:

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Changing Lives Forever is a 16-week class to help individuals living in poverty to find resources and develop a plan to improve the quality of their lives. Once participants have a plan, mentors will work with each participant for a year to help them to achieve their goals.

Become a Mentor

“A Mentor can make the difference when change gets really hard – the difference between giving up or moving forward with hope and faith!”

Graduates will need a Mentor to offer a listening ear and practical help, someone who can be a cheerleader and a sounding board for ideas and problem solving. Women and men from IHM are needed to work one-on-one with a graduate 4-6 hours a month. Training, resource materials and ongoing support will be provided to help mentors in their role of empowering others.

Our first program graduated 15 individuals who are making significant changes in their lives with the support of this program. The program is based on the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World book written by Philip E. DeVol. It has been running successfully at the SVDP food pantry in Indianapolis since 2011.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will offer this program again at the Martin Luther King Center on 40th Street. The second session will begin this fall. The program is free and open to all. Your help is needed in sharing information about the program, providing meals for participants, mentoring individuals in the program and serving on the planning committee. If you can help or are interested in being part of the core organizing committee, please contact Diane Powers at 317-698-5679.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Community Garden

The mission of the Community Garden is to celebrate the spirituality of gardening while generating quality produce for, and fellowship with, those in need. If you have any questions, you can email Jennifer Gause jlgause@sbcglobal.net or Lori Wheeler at ihmgarden@gmail.com

Ministry Overview

Community-Garden8The garden is located around the Shrine of Mary and behind Father Bob’s house on parish grounds.

Gardening Timeline:  Planting day is usually the last week of April or first weekend in May.  The garden around the Shrine of Mary is cleaned up the first or second weekend of September in preparation for IHM’s outside Mass (second Sunday in September). The garden behind Father Bob’s House is cleaned up in October.

Commitment: Volunteers of all ages and gardening knowledge are needed during the growing season to plant, weed, water and harvest.  All volunteers are invited to help on planting day and clean up days.  Most group’s meet from 9 to 11 am on Saturday mornings.  A fifth group consists of members who are available to water the garden during the week.

Resources:  John Platt, parishioner and devoted supporter of IHM garden, and owner of Perennials Plus in Westfield, generously donates plants and seedlings to the garden each season. The garden committee hosts a “Tomato and Herb Sale” the first weekend in May.  First, the plants are selected for the garden and the rest are sold at the sale.  The proceeds from the sale help fund the needs of the garden.  Donations are also accepted at this time.

Communication:  Lori Wheeler is in charge of communication and organization of the volunteers. She can be contacted at cramerwheeler@gmail.com.

Tithe Your Tomatoes

If you have extra produce from your home gardens, please consider donating them to the community garden. Please drop off any donated produce at the Shrine of Mary before 9:30 AM on Saturdays in the months of June through October.

Join us, get your hands dirty and reap incredible rewards while taking part in this wonderful ministry of fellowship.

Thank you for your support!


GIVING TREE(MOMS)

Giving Tree (MOMS)

Mothers of Ministries Sharing hosts socials with a purpose, identifying IHM causes to support through monetary and tangible donations. An example of this include coordinating the backpack and school supply drive at St. Anthony’s Parish and school. MOMS also coordinates the yearly Advent Giving Tree, allowing parishioners the opportunity to choose Christmas ornament tags indicating needed items for families and children in need in the Indianapolis community. The Advent Giving Tree supports St. Anthony families, Boulevard Place Food Pantry, Anna’s Place, and The Lord’s Pantry. For more information contact Jennifer Gause at  jlgause@sbcglobal.net.


GOOD SAM GROUP

Good Sam Group

This group provides fellowship, friendship, comfort and prayers to our parish families in times of sorrow by offering food, house sitting and clean-up during the funeral of a loved one. No meetings. You will be called as needed.  For more information please contact Estelle Huston at 317-465-9836 or via email at huston5959@aol.com or contact Anne Kennedy at 317-255-5699 or via email at kennedys88@mac.com.

HEALTHY HAUGHVILLE

Healthy Haughville

Healthy Haughville is an annual day of service that enables the IHM community to share its numerous skills and talents with the broader community. Building on the work IHM is already doing on the near west-side at Padua Academy and Anna’s House, Healthy Haughville promotes healthy living through a health fair with screening, education, and resources for St. Anthony and Holy Trinity parishioners. A project involving grounds and building improvement generally occurs the same day.  Volunteers of all ages and skills are needed! Please contact Sheila McNelis (sheilamac@sbcglobal.net) for more information.

        

HONDURAS MISSION

IHM’s HONDURAS MISSION

SISTER MARIA ROSA AND SOCIEDAD AMIGOS DE LOS NINOS

There is always room for one more.” This is the motto of Sister Maria Rosa Leggol of Honduras, whose life has been dedicated to providing shelter, food, education, and hope for a better future for tens of thousands of at-risk children in Honduras–children neglected, abused, abandoned, orphaned, or simply mired in poverty.

IHM began supporting Sister Maria Rosa’s mission, founded in 1966 as Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos (SAN), in 2000 as part of a global outreach for our parish. This outreach ministry sponsors three mission trips a year: an adult group that travels for a week each January or February, a teen group of rising Seniors in high school who travel for a week in June or July, and a young adult week in May or June of mostly college students, some of whom have already been on the mission trip. Offshoot groups have grown out of these trips, such as a Santa brigade of women who shop for and wrap Christmas gifts for Sister’s children .

Our mission trips typically consist of work projects such as painting or light construction. In recent years, we’ve worked on laying bricks for a security wall around the children’s homes, built a bodega (storehouse) for food and clothing, built concrete sidewalks, painted the interiors and exteriors of children’s homes, and done a few Extreme Home Makeovers of the homes, sending the kids outside to play as we put new sheets on all their beds, hung new curtains and shower curtains, and furnished new towels and kitchen items for the house. We also bring down many suitcases of donations from the parish: children’s clothing, shoes, new underwear and socks, toys, school supplies, toiletries, vitamins, and over-the-counter medicines.

We balance work with plenty of playtime with Sister’s children and fellowship with her adult staff, planning evening activities with them to continue building on our strong friendships that are fortified each year with our visits. We spend time with all the children at all of SAN’s social projects: Nuevo Paraiso’s children’s village and schools, the Pedro Atala children’s homes in Tegucigalpa, the Flor Azul Youth Farm, and often the Reyes Irene School for teenage domestic workers. In recent years, we have begun conducting food brigades to neighboring villages, bringing large bags of beans, rice, cornmeal, sugar, and other staple to needy families in rural Honduras. We also take time for our own group to reflect on our experiences, in morning chapel discussions and in one day of sightseeing in Tegucigalpa or Valle de Angeles. We especially enjoy sharing Mass on Sunday with the children of Nuevo Paraiso, holding their hands, listening to their beautiful singing, and enjoying their warm hugs at the sign of peace.

GRACIAS to our IHM parish, who so generously donate money, clothing, sheets, shoes and more to take with us. Thank you for your prayers while we are away, and know that we take all your love with us to our friends in Honduras. IHM was the first group to come help SAN after Hurricane Mitch in 1998, and while we are not a large parish, we are steadfast in our love and our Honduran friends know us, expect us, and appreciate our efforts tremendously.

Contact Kathy Martin O’Neil (kmartoneil1@yahoo.com, 317-506-4577) about the adult and young adult trips and Kyle Murphy (kmurphy@ihmindy.org) about the Teen trip.

“I have gone three times in the past four years. The hardest part is trying to decide whether or not to go. It is always a sacrifice to leave behind what you have, what you know, and what you are comfortable with — your family, your friends, your job. The rewards come in giving to people who don’t have what you have: to children who don’t have families, to families who don’t have a community, and to communities that need support and nurturing to grow. It is mind-boggling to think how one week a year has resonated in my life, and how what we do in this small amount of time makes a lasting impression on those we help.” — Dr. Robert de Las Alas

“I’ve done volunteer work with the poor and have traveled in Third World countries before. But none of that prepared me for the intensely personal and intimate relationships IHM strikes up with the children of Honduras and their amazing caregivers in one short week. Sister Maria Rosa’s homes for abandoned children, her work with struggling families, her projects and small businesses are miracles in the midst of poverty, and I felt privileged to be a part of it in my own very small way. Any little thing we offered — a talent, medical know-how, construction labor, food, shampoo, even a hug — was received with grace and affection. Also, the intimacy and camaraderie of the IHM team felt like a retreat itself: We’ d start out reporting on our days’ work and end up sharing stories of our lives.” — Kathy Martin O’Neil

COMMON QUESTIONS

WHY GO? What makes the week in Honduras different from other ministries is that your seven days in Honduras is a time set aside wholly for service. You are released from the minutia of your everyday life: work, parenting, running errands, coaching, etc. You don’t have to “schedule” your service time into an already packed day; you are there. It is a time for both personal spiritual growth and service to the poor and orphaned of Honduras.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME? WHAT WORK CAN I DO?

All you need is a willingness to engage with the Honduran children and adults we serve, to participate in the deep friendship between IHM and Sociedad Amigos de los Niños. All ages and abilities are welcome; you do not need special skills, talents, or strengths because there are projects for everyone. The work ranges wide: from painting walls and light construction to sorting donations and shopping for a food brigade. You do NOT need to speak Spanish!

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Cost: The trip averages around $1,200. This covers your airfare, all ground transportation throughout the week, accommodations, and all meals. For many, this is a significant amount of cash, but there are creative ways to come up with the money! Some travelers let their family know well in advance of their mission trip, so they can receive cash as presents for holidays and birthdays to pay for the trip. Others have traded their skills or products for cash in raising the funds. Garage sales are not out of the question! Where there is a will, there is a way.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?

Please keep checking this site, and consider attending our next orientation meeting for first-time travelers. The first meeting for the adult trip each year is usually in September and will be announced in the church bulletin. This is a great time for you to learn more about Honduras, what projects we have planned for the next trip, and ask questions. 

TRAVELING TO HONDURAS ISN’T RIGHT FOR ME THIS YEAR. HOW ELSE CAN I SUPPORT THIS MISSION? There are many ways:

  • Donate items that we take down to Honduras for the children! Look for these announcements in the January bulletin.
  • Support our Young Adult Summer Group through sponsoring a young adult or donating children’s shoes and clothes!
  • Give money to IHM specifically for the Honduras fund.
  • Sponsor a child through Friends of Honduran Children Indiana. This organization, made up mostly of IHM parishioners, is a not-for-profit group that administers child sponsorships, scholarships, and project funds for Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos in Honduras. Visit their website at www.fhcindiana.org to find out more about sponsoring a child for as little as $35 per month.
  • Donate to Friends of Honduran Children’s Scholarship Fund for deserving students to attend universities in Honduras and abroad. Visit www.fhcindiana.org for more information.

KNITTING MINISTRY

Knitting Ministry

knitting-ministry
The Knitting Ministry began early in 2005 to provide a relaxing, spiritual environment for individuals to knit or crochet shawls and lap blankets for our parishioners in need of comfort or support.

The blankets and shawls are blessed and distributed to offer comfort and prayerful support to those experiencing a serious illness, death in the family, or other personal need.

We welcome new and experienced knitters. Please come and join us! If you have a request for a shawl for a friend or loved one please contact us.

For more information, contact Anne Kennedy.

LORD'S PANTRY (ANNA'S HOUSE)

Lord’s Pantry (Anna’s House)

This ministry began 1997 to assist Reverend Lucious Newsom in his ministry to provide food and other necessities to underserved populations of Indianapolis.  Lucious passed away in the summer of 2008, but his ministry continues in Indianapolis and at IHM. The ministry is known as The Lord’s Pantry. Contact Chris Hutson at chutson@dcgindy.com.

See photos and much more by visiting THE LORD’S PANTRY WEB SITE at www.lordspantry.org.

The primary activity of the ministry is the collection of food from several donor grocery stores, and the transportation of the food to “Anna’s House”, a community center on the near northwest side of Indianapolis. Immaculate Heart helps The Lord’s Pantry with fundraising, sponsorship of needy families at Christmas time as well as gathering school supplies for disadvantaged students. The IHM group meets formally only on occasion, and members alternate every Saturday morning with distribution at “Anna’s House.”

How can I contribute to the Lucious Newsome Ministry (The Lord’s Pantry)?

There are many ways a person or family can participate in helping The Lord’s Pantry. Here are several:

  • Distribute food to needy people at Anna’s House on any Saturday morning
  • Pickup of food donated by grocery stores
  • Solicit NEW grocery stores
  • Direct donations of food
  • Food donations can also be made for the Anna’s House Children’s Pantry
  • Cash donations to the Lord’s Pantry
  • Help in IHM’s Community Garden
  • Adopt a needy family for Christmas
  • Thanksgiving dinner for needy families
  • Provide medical care

Directions from IHM to Anna’s House, home of The Lord’s Pantry:

  • Take Washington Blvd. south to 46th and turn right.
  • From 46th Street, Turn left at Capital Avenue.
  • Take Capital Avenue downtown and turn right on Michigan St.
  • Drive through IUPUI campus.
  • At end of campus, turn left onto White River Parkway.
  • Go to right side of street, turn right before West Side Bait Shop on Vermont.
  • Go past railroad tracks, and turn left at next street.
  • Go one block. Across street to right is grassy lot or park on the street. Anna’s house is across the street at 303 Elder Street.

RESPECT LIFE

Respect Life

Activities include selling roses on Mother’s Day weekend, supporting IHM youth for life activities such as the March for Life in Washington DC on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, coordinating IHM’s participation in the national Respect Life Chain in October, collecting gifts for Birthline, and saying the rosary in May and October for restoring dignity to all human life.

Respect Life is always collecting needed baby items for Birthline, outreach for Pro-life of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Contact Mary Dougherty to arrange and she will deliver them to the Birthline Center.


ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL

St. Anthony School

 

stanthonyschoolThe service/outreach ministry of the IHM Men’s Group has been involved with St. Anthony’s Catholic Grade School since 2001. The school is located on the near west side of Indianapolis. We provide mentors, tutors, class delegates and chaperones as well as maintenance and financial support.

For information contact:  

Gary Ahlrichs at 317-253-4003  Ahlrichs@sbcglobal.net or

Matt Javit at 317-658-0834  mattjavit@gmail.com

 

History of the relationship between the IHM Men’s Group and St Anthony Catholic School.

While trying to restart the IHM men’s group in 2000 we felt it was necessary to have an outreach program to give us a meaningful purpose. So we approached the principal of what was then called All Saints Catholic School, which was one of the Center City Catholic grade schools, to see if they could use some help from our Men’s Group. Her first comment was “my prayers have been answered”. From that initial meeting we have formed a very meaningful relationship based on their initial “Mission Statement”, to have successful Christian men walking thru the front door. For the first four years of our involvement the school was called All Saints Catholic School and was made up of children from St. Anthony, Holy Trinity and St. Joseph parishes.  Because of a lot of structural issues and operating cost the school was moved to St. Anthony parish and we have continued to support this school for the past fourteen years; in such ways as supplying tutors, mentors, chaperones, fund raising, enrichment programs and maintenance projects, just to name a few.

In 2010 the Archdiocese decided to convert this school to a Charter School under the name of Padua Academy, drawing children from St. Anthony and Holy Trinity parishes. After this decision we met with the principal (Cindy Greer) & Pastor (Fr. John McCaslin).The first thing they said was “I hope the men of IHM will still be working with us”. We did continue the relationship and support.

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the school has returned to being an Archdiocese school with the name St. Anthony. The school is made up of 90 plus percent Catholic children from the St Anthony/Holy Trinity neighborhood.  The families are made up of over 90 percent Hispanics trying to educate their children, while living under extreme poverty conditions. Bottom line is we will still try and meet our initial mission that is to have “successful Christian male role models, walking thru the front door, trying to raise expectation levels and letting the children know that someone cares for their well-being.” We continue to support Fr John McCaslin’s vision both for the school and the neighborhood of St. Anthony and Holy Trinity.

View the April 2017 ND ACE ACADEMIES Volunteer Group Spotlight article on the IHM Men’s Group

See the IHM Contributions to St. Anthony School

For more information on St. Anthony School, click here.

2019-2020 St. Anthony School Calendar and Staff Contact List

 


ST. PATRICK'S CHRISTMAS PARTY

St. Patrick’s Christmas Party

The annual St. Patrick’s Christmas party is a lovely way to celebrate Christmas as a family and with the children and families who attend religious education classes at St. Patrick’s parish. The party includes singing to reenact Mary and Joseph seeking shelter (known as Las Posadas) and volunteers bring gifts (books), hot chocolate, pan dulce (sweet bread), piñatas and decorations. Volunteers show up early to help decorate and the students and families stay late to help clean up. Donations are needed for the purchase of books, piñatas, and refreshments. Please contact Sarah Stelzner for more information sstelzne@iupui.edu.


ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY

St. Vincent dePaul Society

The Society Today

We are the largest Catholic lay organization serving the poor in the United States. The total national membership remains over 60,000. The scope of the Society’s operation is nationwide and provides direct aid in excess of $110,000,000.

IHM is one of more than 4400 active Conferences in the US. We have a presence in one of every five parishes and are represented in every diocese of the nation. Youth programs are in place and this portion of the membership continues to grow.

Our principal work is a one-on-one effort to deal with problems faced by those in need. It is this personalized involvement that makes our work unique, whether through home visitations or contacts with persons who are institutionalized or incarcerated.

No work of charity is foreign to us. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: “Charity is inventive to infinity.” These are just some of the services we provide for the poor and needy: Food program, emergency financial assistance, rent/utility assistance, thrift stores, employment services, burial of the indigent, prison ministry, shelters for the homeless, half-way homes, and finally Twin-ning – foreign and domestic.

HISTORY

The Society was founded by Frederic Ozanam in Paris, France in 1833, who chose St. Vincent DePaul as the patron and namesake. SVDP has had a presence in Indianapolis since the early 1900’s. Our members and volunteers subscribe to the mission and ministry of the Society, answering God’s call to increase our personal spirituality and service to neighbors.

The “Client Choice” Food Programs sponsored by the Indianapolis Council have been in existence since 1999 with the opening of the Spann Avenue facility, serving a limited area of the city. The larger 30th Street Food Pantry opened in January 2007 and serves all of central Indiana.

SVDP IS NOT A MEMBER OF UNITED WAY AND RECEIVES NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING. We rely almost exclusively on individual contributions to purchase food and finance our operations. The Society has also been blessed with foundation and corporate grants in order to purchase and renovate property and acquire equipment..

The Indianapolis SVDP organization is managed and staffed by 100% volunteers.

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION:

  • QUALIFICATIONS: Available one day every two weeks (Monday through Saturday) – Want to help the poor – A great smile – Open minded – Patient
  • POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Interviewers, sackers, shopping assistants, stockers (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), pick up (trucks provided), delivery, janitorial, hospitality, social services
  • REWARDS: God’s blessing, a pat on the back and going home knowing you have touched someone.

Seeing the face of Christ in those we serve to help them to achieve their goals.  In the process participants will also develop a support network with others in their group.

The program is based on the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World book written by Philip E. DeVol.  It has been running successfully at the SVDP food pantry in Indianapolis since 2012. In order to reach more people in need, SVDP asked that the program also be offered throughout Indianapolis.  Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish has volunteered to offer a program on the north side of Indianapolis at the Martin Luther King Center on 40th Street. The program begins in September. The program is free and open to all.

Your help is needed in sharing information about the program, providing meals for participants, mentoring individuals in the program and serving on the planning committee.  If you can help, please contact Diane Powers at 317-698-5679.

IHM Collection Drop Box

IHM Collection Drop Box

Drop off your bags of donations at IHM’s SVDP collection box located on the parking lot near the Gathering Space

 

 

 

 

 

WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTION CENTER:

1201 E. Maryland Street

WE NEED YOUR USED FURNITURE AND WORKING MAJOR APPLIANCES FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE NEEDY.  DONATIONS CALL 317-687-1006

FOR FREE PICK UP (INDIANAPOLIS AREA ONLY) HELP LINE CALL 317-687-0169

(CALL ONLY MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.)

CLIENT CHOICE FOOD PANTRY:

3001 East 30th Street

WE NEED YOUR TIME AND TALENT TO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL TO FEED THE HUNGRY

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

OTHER RESOURCES AT Pratt-Quigley Center:

SVDP BUSINESS OFFICE 317-924-5775

GENNESARET MEDICAL CLINIC 317-921-1404

OZANAM LEGAL SERVICES 317-921-1407

We are the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a group of Catholic Christian Volunteers. We are the “middle-people”, receiving gifts from good and generous donors and giving them without cost to those who have need for them.

Helping those in need in an atmosphere of dignity and love…for client and volunteer alike.

SERVICE SATURDAYS

Service Saturdays

One Saturday a month, a service project is arranged at one or more places. We spend time with many different agencies over the months. We at times, however, devote our Saturday to a traditional IHM cause such as Honduras, The Lord’s Pantry, or others. We plan as often as possible to arrange tasks suitable for all ages, families, etc. There is much need in our city and many gifted people at IHM who are willing to serve. This program helps bring more helpers in contact with the needs.

Please look at the calendar for upcoming events.

We expect all times to be in the morning and will last until about lunch time. Exact times will be worked out as actual dates get closer.

If interested in being on our email list to receive more information, or to volunteer for a particular date, please contact Scott Lowe lowe7530@outlook.com or 317-253-2081. Your prayers are needed as well. Thanks for considering, or for passing this along to others who may be interested.