Outreach, Inc.

Rating: 4.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Religion

Location: 2822 East New York Indianapolis IN 46201 USA

Mission: Outreach, Inc. is a Christian ministry in Indianapolis reaching out to homeless and at-risk young adults with the compassion of Christ in an environment of God?s love. Outreach, Inc. empowers youth to exit street life by providing street outreach, a youth drop-in center, social services, and 24/7 crisis intervention.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Add housing of some kind and at some level. I might also consider scaling either by adding locations throughout the city or by advising/guiding similar organizations.

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sincerely, Janice O'Brien

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

I would try to publicise more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I interviewed many of the consumers of Outreach services and say first hand the difference Outreach had made in their lives.

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

I hope that in the future they will be able to reach additional schools and neighborhoods.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's personally fulfilling knowing that quality people have a solid program that makes true change possible for street teens. Though we can't bodily be there to help, we can help through giving items.

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

Get them more resources to help lighten their load.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing young people graduate from high school or acquire a GED

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

find even easier/better ways to engage volunteers

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen youth involved in the GOAL (graduation, occupation, address, lifestyle) education program graduate from high school and be celebrated by the staff, volunteers and donors (and other supporters) at their annual graduation party honoring the accomplishments of homeless students. We even honored a college graduate this year who now has a job as a TV reporter in Texas! I have employeed young people in my own company who have become ready for the responsibility of a job, and so much more...

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

Pray that God provide the blessing of enough financial support to increase the staff to handle the huge increase of homeless teens and young adults that they are experiencing, and to provide a way for them to open a shelter or transitional housing facility to provide beds/homes for the youth who are trying to progress in spite of having no safe place to reside. They are doing what they do very well - providing solid and helpful core programs for these kids - they just need more hands and feet for the work

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Helping homeless youth to get away from street life, and to find hope through programs and services that assist them in being healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually - helping them to become the kinds of adults that I hire in my own company, and am proud to call friend.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I believe in the mission to equip and empower homeless teens and young adults to exit street life.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Their effort with homeless youth is valuable and worthy of support...time, talent, and treasure. They are getting it done. These kids are learning life lessons that their parents should have but didn't or couldn't give. In the long run this helps our whole community. These kids don't become burdens on the welfare rolls, they make better life choices even moving away from violence, drugs, etc.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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