Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
is a faith-based, non-profit corporation offering legal representation and preventive law education to low income families, including immigrant families. Birthed for the purpose of serving the poor as a means of demonstrating the love of Christ, they go the extra mile for clients and seek to be known as a place of refuge and hope for those who are downtrodden and disadvantaged. The legal clinic accepts clients in the greater Indianapolis metro area whose income is at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
The Trinity Outreach Center is also home to Trinity’s weekly Sunday Dinner program, where all are welcome to come for a hot meal. We learned in 2006 that there was a free, hot meal served somewhere in or near our neighborhood every day of the week except Sunday, so Trinity began offering the weekly Sunday Dinner to ensure that neighborhood residents are able to get at least one meal per day within a relatively short distance from home. Some of the food for the Sunday dinner is provided by Second Helpings, an organization that rescues surplus food from supermarkets and restaurants, turning it into meals that are distributed to people in need. Over 100 Trinity volunteers serve in this ministry, and, since its inception, more than 34,000 meals have been served. Trinity volunteers also prepare a meal once every six weeks for Dayspring Center, a local homeless shelter for families that is associated with nearby All Saints Episcopal Church.
Community Outreach Grants: Trinity awarded 5 grants totaling $16,500 to nonprofit organizations that share a common mission and are in partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church. Those organizations and awards are as follows:
- Second Helpings, Inc. to support feeding ministries throughout Indianapolis, including Trinity’s Sunday Dinner: $4,500.
- Mid-North Food Pantry to support the general operations of the food pantry: $4,500.
- Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing for residents in the Mapleton Fall Creek neighborhood: $2,500.
- Project Home Indy, Inc. to provide alternative housing and educational opportunities for pregnant teenage girls in Indianapolis: $1,000.
- Global Missions Commission to the Diocese of Brasilia for education and health programs: $2,000 and to the Diocese of Bor for an agricultural project along the Nile River: $2,000. Total award: $4,000.
Emergency Financial Assistance: Another means of community outreach is through Trinity’s Emergency Financial Assistance program. Financial support is made available to members of the community who are facing a crisis and are able to meet certain requirements. Funds are used to help pay mortgage and rental payments, utilities bills, purchase work uniforms and shoes, and to fill pharmacy prescriptions. This assistance is also made available to members of Trinity Church, of which all transactions are confidential.