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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Christianity, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Religion

Mission: We believe in the redemptive power of christ to help homeless youth find home: by offering the hospitality of christ; by journeying with them to provide transformational guidance; by instilling hope to exit the streets toward a more stable lifestyle. (cont'd on sch o)outreach, inc. Is a christian ministry in indianapolis reaching out to homeless and at-risk young adults with the compassion of jesus christ. Outreach accomplishes this by providing street outreach, a youth drop-in center, holistic social services, emergency/referral services and case management; operated in an environment of god's love.

Programs: Street outreach:our street outreach takes us to hidden places where homeless and runaway youth live: the streets, wooded areas, bridge underpasses, parks, and abandoned houses. As we meet the youth on the street, we provide a listening ear and address their immediate physical needs of food, clothing, first aid, and safety. For those who desire to come off the streets immediately, we take them to a shelter. Through this combination of listening and meeting physical needs, we establish relationships built on trust. The relationship is foundational because it allows us to work with the youth, empowering them to make the choices which are necessary to come off the street.

case management (cont'd on sch o):life changes can begin with very specific needs such as assistance in obtaining id's, birth certificates, social security cards, transportation, passes, receiving leads for jobs or housing, and referrals for medical prenatal programs. Through these initial services, the social worker and vocational/educational resource manager of outreach, inc. Start to build a relationship with the youth. Working through emotional and spiritual struggles they help to develop a more comprehensive, long-term service plan with goals and objectives. Time is also spent on life and social skills that most of us take for granted such as money management, employability, and home economics. Connecting with ged completion assistance, vocational training programs, and postsecondary educational opportunities are important steps in these life changes. The outreach inc. Staff also helps youth reunify with their families when that is appropriate, connect with churches, and network with other service providers and community resources. The youth we assist are usually afraid to access other mainline social services or have little access to them because they are not in school, do not have a phone, or do not have an id. Outreach, inc. Serves in the gap to walk along side them as they connect with needed resources and rebuild their lives. Street youth in crisis are able to access us 24 hours a day via our toll free hotline number. As a result of this availability and reestablished trust, they call us in their most desperate times, including even while contemplating suicide, allowing us to support them through their pain.

g. O. A. L. Program (cont'd on sch o):our g. O. A. L. Program (graduation, occupation, address, and lifestyle) supports at-risk high-school students in marion county, by assigning a case manager whose focus is on offering specific needs unique to each student. Walking with students through their high-school journey, our case managers offer relational and spiritual support to normalize their high school experience and support student's retention through high school. Homeless students who are provided with positive supports are significantly more likely to graduate high school and rise above the cycle of homelessness. Outreach has developed a program to help homeless students graduate, engage in post-secondary educational opportunities, get a job and change their life. We provide resources such as advocacy, bus passes for transportation to school and employment opportunities, assistance in obtaining identification, offering primary support for medical needs and insurance gaps, even caps and gowns - everything necessary for students to earn their diploma. As we empower students to become self-sufficient by offering assistance to meet their basic needs, we also allow them to develop life-skills necessary to navigate the pathways of life. By assisting them to develop and maintain healthy relationships with our staff, we offer an example of setting boundaries and healthy relational development. Our main focus is on developing and emphasizing educational opportunities; as a result 90% of our students who graduate go on to post-secondary education including college, vocational school and military service.

drop program:our drop-in center includes a clothing and hygiene product pantry, a food pantry, laundry facilities, shower facilities, and meals. The youth can come to the drop-in center to access services, have a safe place to hang out, and to work with staff and volunteers on the issues that will help them remove themselves from street life. Many youth come just to talk. Our bible study group provides a casual forum for kids who are asking questions about god, christianity, and their own personal spiritual beliefs. When someone seeks our help, we provide all our services regardless of their personal beliefs, lifestyle, or practices.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had been involved with many nonprofit organizations in a variety of roles over the last 40+ years. The staff of Outreach are among the most professional I have ever seen. But while they are consummate pros, they never lose sight of the young people they serve as people. It is an impressive balance. In addition to an outstanding staff, this is an organization with a mission aimed at one of the more significant social issues of our day: adolescent homelessness. I was drawn into this ministry when I saw how effective they were in meeting real needs and making a significant difference but I could also see in the gratitude in the eyes of these young people.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I came to Outreach when I was 17 years old lost and confused about life. I didn't believe I had dreams or a future... until Outreach saved me. I honestly don't believe i would be where i am today in life if it wasn't for the amazing group at Outreach. They encouraged, pushed, and believed in me when I didn't. I wouldn't have made it through high school if it hadn't been for Outreach. I am now studying Social Work , a full time preschool teacher , a member of Kingsway Christian Church and most importantly a member of the board serving and helping change the lives of our youth. Outreach is truthfully life changing!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel the Outreach programs are an essential benefit in our city. Many of the youth served have gone on to become valuable community citizens thanks to the loving care and guidance provided by Outreach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of creating a video to tell more folks about the great work Outreach INC does in our community. Outreach serves homeless young people in Indianapolis with food, guidance with in the system and a lot of love. Hosting "drop ins" twice a week for homeless teens to get a good meal and socialize in a safe place. They also take to the streets to find homeless youth that don't know their is hope and help available to them.
I am particularly proud of how many of the Outreach kids actually graduate from high school and go on to college! Many of these have a ton of potential, but need someone to believe in them!

Donor

Rating: 5

Outreach, Inc. is one of the non-profit organizations Dealer Service Corporation proudly supports. From sock, mitten & hat collections to food drives DSC has found Outreach, Inc. to be supportive, interactive, and grateful. Eric Howard has set the tone for corporations to come along side and assist Outreach in creative ways. Penny wars being one of our favorite fund raisers for Outreach. Many of our co-workers view donating to Outreach as the most fulfilling projects they engage in during the year. We love how Outreach keeps in touch by telling stories of how the lives of teens have been propelled in a positive direction. Yet, never pressuring us to give solely to them. "Awakening, Stories of Hope" has brought us encouragement, laughter & tears through the stories of changed teens.

Advisor

Rating: 4

Our large UMC partners with Outreach, Inc. by providing volunteers and financial support. We love this organization because it helps to take young people from difficult circumstances and get them started on a path to self-sufficiency while surrounded by loving staff and volunteers. We see results by attending the annual graduation party and know that we had a part in making it happen.

Sam Luppino

Donor

Rating: 4

My name is Sam Luppino and I would like to add my review and to let you know why my family believes so much in the work and mission of Outreach, Inc. (so much so that my wife is now a staff member of the ministry). Unfortunately when I was a teenager Outreach did not exist and I could have used its help in my own personal life. I experienced abuse and homelessness as a youth and know the pain and suffering, the anger and resentment, the lasting scars of abuse and abandonment. I also now know the grace of God, salvation of Christ, and love of a real family. It was through the support of caring people who were willing to invest time, and love in my life that helped me to find the right path and to turn my life from that of hopelessness to hope for a better future here on earth, and with Christ an everlasting, eternal life when my time here is done. I also know from personal volunteer participation that same thing is happening with the youth of Outreach. The staff provide services, programs, counseling, and trusted relationship to youth who are broken-hearted, aimless, depressed, jobless, without the proper life skills to "grow up well." They do everything they can to teach needed skills to help youth become self-sufficient, and to instill truth of God's word, and promise of salvation through Christ.