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  

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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  

My husband and I have been so blessed by the volunteers that honestly have become family to us. Their love, support and just a shoulder to lay on has been a true blessing. Thank you all for your love and support!

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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