CLEAN SOCKS HOPE INC.

Rating: 4.91 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1423 E Oak Street New Albany IN 47150 USA

Mission: Clean Socks Hope is a 501©(3) nonprofit dedicated to faithfully empower our neighbors toward health and wholeness. “We are a community that radiates hope for all residents through empowering relationships.”
Results: Midtown Neighborhood Network: To date, 12 families that total 37 family members in partnership with Dare to Care and Hope Southern Indiana offers between $75 to $125 of groceries every other week offering dignity and hope! 66% of the participating families came from the Christmas Store the others from Midtown Commons! 100% of the relationships came from Midtown Commons! That’s 37 family members that are not using the old food pantry model. The food co-op is different than the traditional “Food Pantry” because the patrons buy into it and run it themselves! We as a collective only facilitate a place and help with the initial setup. The families of the community run a “Food with Dignity” program instead the old Food Pantry model that creates voids in families without transportation and typically only allows access to meals a few times a year. The Christmas Store: December 2012: 213 (143 children benefited from the program!) for a total of 58 families; 94% of our participant parents were women; Total Hope Bucks Spent—$3,366.24 (269 Work Hours) meaning that each family worked an approximate 7.5 hours toward their Christmas benefits; Total Retail Inventory Value—$19,526.97 for the 4 week period provided to our parents and grandparents; Hard Work = Hope. Our next goal is to purchase and take what has been a blight on the city (three lots that have been former drug houses) and restore it to a place of hope and redemption! The idea being that we raze the 2nd house and use the empty lots as green space for a raised bed community supported inspirational gardens.
Target demographics: Our passion, purpose and focus as a group has evolved and since 2010 has focused on impoverished children (the average age for the homeless in America is 9 years old) and their parents (almost always a single mother with an average of 2 children to care for). We work in partnership with Northside Christian Church on Oak St. and Hope Southern Indiana (formerly Interfaith Community Council) and area "like thinking" missions and organizations, churches and grass root organizations.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 720
Geographic areas served: Louisville (KY) Metro, (New Albany) Southern Indiana
Programs: OUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE: The Christmas Store—Hope for Parents Program positions potential candidates to the store itself and to the Midtown Neighborhood Network. The Christmas Store: December 2012—58 Families Impacted—213 of that number (143) are children. 94% of parents were women. Hope Bucks Spent—$3,366.24 (269 Work Hours) each family worked an approximate 7.5 hours toward Christmas benefits. Total Retail Inventory Value—$19,526.97 Hard Work = Hope. And Then – Midtown Neighborhood Network: To date, nine families that total 26 family members in partnership with Dare to Care and Hope Southern Indiana offers between $75 to $125 of groceries every other week offering dignity and hope! 66% of the participating families came from the Christmas Store the others from Midtown Commons! 100% of the relationships came from Midtown Commons!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our Hope for Parents Program positions potential candidates to the store itself and to the Midtown Neighborhood Network. Like our friends at Focused Community Strategies and other like-minded individuals and organizations that understand the difference between a crisis or chronic need, we believe that investing in a community and journeying along side new found friends is the ultimate Matthew 25:40 directive. While giving may seem like the kind and Christian thing to do, it often ends up undermining the very relationship a helper is attempting to build.

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As a board member I cannot tell you the joy the group has had on our lives, never mind the community!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More to do!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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“Clean Socks Hope believes that relationships are our highest priority—by making locational living and working inviting, by always making our neighbors feel like they can stay for as long as they’d like (ie: community) and by choosing quality partners (neighbors) to work with and hiring people that are passionate about the quality of life in our neighborhood and beyond. We want and need people who are not afraid to dream and look at the big picture, in fact it is imperative! Because building relationships is the best way to build a stronger community; hope, love and a communal rhythm are great emancipators and essential because people will come from everywhere for the experience.”

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

There have never been a finer group of folks in New Albany. The support we receive is like family!

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That Serve Day event in the park was a blast!! Our family stayed all day!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a Board Member of God Transform My City (GTMC). We held an annual prayer event Sunday 10/05/14 at Waterfront Park - Great Lawn. Jeffery Minton, Clean Socks Hope, spoke at a monthly rally sharing their vision. His organization is enhancing the Midtown families community. He articulated about failing to address or acknowledge the systemic problems causing injustices, and conversely looking at change factors in our society. This non profit organization is impacting lives through the utilization of a model providing self worth, and responsibility. Thanks, Paul Burch

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Clean Socks has BLESSED my family and I with the Food Co/Op ! And if I need someone to talk to they listen!

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My family and I have been blessed by Clean Socks Hope. And everyone is so helpful to my boys and I! Serve Day in the park was AWESOME! And everyone welcomed us with open arms! Keep up the great work!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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So, what is Midtown Neighborhood Network? A Food Cooperative? Yes! A Community Ministry? Yes. A church? Yes. A social justice ministry? Yes. A community development organization? Yes. Please join us as we continue to act creatively in response to the injustices of the world and participate in transformation.

It’s our experience and common for upper and middle-class people to compartmentalize certain activities: like going to church, then volunteering at a soup kitchen for homeless people, then donating to their local food bank. Likewise, it is common for people to compartmentalize the various social issues—homelessness, hunger, crime, social marginalization—that these charities address. While charity organizations—like traditional food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters—are helpful, they sometimes fail to address or acknowledge both the systemic problems that cause these injustices and the interrelated nature of such injustices. Addressing these realities might enable us to creatively transform them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have the honor to lead this incredible legions of volunteers toward a better place for our community! We learned that we need to listen to the needs of those we serve and not what we think they want. A fellow missionary who said that the Romanian mission that he visits twice a year had torn down almost all of their ‘westernized’ out houses and used the wood on their own homes and used parts for kindling during the winter. The team never thought to ask them what they needed, but assumed they knew what they wanted. The 1st step of repentance of pride is, “I’m broken.”

“Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.” ~Bryant Myers, Walking with the Poor

“We are a community that radiates hope for all residents through empowering relationships.”

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10

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It's the most fun I have ever had working with the kids in the community. What a joy!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I love our Midtown Neighborhood Network Food Cooperative. It's an incredible partnership with our Midtown families and Dare To Care has had a steady 12 family benefit for over 45 adults and children since July 5, 2013. By being a member of our MNN Food Co-op we enable Midtown families to have food security through the model of food co-ops. Through our collaborative guaranteed food deliveries members of our cooperative always know when, and how much food, they will have, allowing them to budget accordingly and avoid the slippery slope that often begins with food insecurity and lifestyle poverty. They buy into it, leave local food pantries and work and run the co-op themselves.

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The idea of empowering neighborhoods and the people in them is a radical idea. Robert Woodson said, that, "..because it’s not something that’s understood on either the left or the right of the political center. I think Bill Bennet, the former secretary of education, summarized it beautifully. He said 'When liberals look at poor people they see a sea of victims and when conservatives look at poor people they see a sea of aliens.' " I believe that's why these guys are so awesome!

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Our hope and dream is to work side by side with every church denomination, organization and every walk of life. Our vision is to break the cycles of exploitation by building collaborative leadership skills from childhood to adulthood, block by block, championing the human dignity of the many races, cultures and classes represented in our communities. Because building relationships is the best way to build a stronger community; hope, love and a communal rhythm are great emancipators and essential because people will come from everywhere for the experience.

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A lot

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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