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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.