Results: Clean Socks Hope, is a faith-based 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, publicly supported nonprofit that helps under-served communities with programming that includes a low income food cooperative called the Midtown Neighborhood Network. Without viable transportation, many families face a 1 to 2 hour round trip trying to find healthy food options. This phenomenon is referred to as a food desert. Meaning, the Midtown community of New Albany, Indiana has no local grocery or department store and its lack of transportation issues causes our neighbors to walk or ride their bike past acres of alcohol, lottery tickets and processed food options. This is an open invitation to crime, drugs and sex trafficking.
We partner with the under-served neighborhoods beginning with its residents, then its churches, nonprofits and businesses and finally local government to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's peace is present. We refer to this as Spiritual Gentrification. Our goal is to designate a 10-year master plan and when that community is up and thriving, move to the adjacent or to the next neighborhood in need and replicate the process. We’ve been offering our Christmas Store and Food Cooperative to the Midtown community for over 3 years with one caveat. The families must have skin in the game equal to the benefits they receive.
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!
I don't know anyone who cares more and is as selfless as the team behind Clean Socks. They are the invisible souls in the background who just get it done. They truly follow His Word and ask for no kudos, no recognition but they're always there, supporting and giving of their time and hearts. Their contribution to their cause is immeasurable and for each dollar or hour received, they contribute ten-fold. God Bless Clean Socks!!!
Clean Socks Hope takes the responsibility of being good neighbors seriously. They want to be invited wherever they do business. They are a force for positive action by bringing together partners, clients, and the community to contribute every day. They really understand that all of our responsibility and our potential for good is even larger in the 21st century.
I chose to give my time and donations to Clean Socks Hope because it is a grass roots charity founded and run by individuals who truly want to help others in need. Homelessness is too often a forgotten fight. The executives and volunteers at Clean Socks Hope have for years given a great deal of time to raise awareness and to assist the homeless. Clean Socks Hope works the cause all year long, building relationships and working with community leaders and activists to provide help and support to the homeless year round. All of the donations go those in need.
The Clean Socks Hope organization is a grass roots, local non profit dedicated to helping the homeless and those in need. Their selfless and tireless work in our community are greatly appreciated and supported.