Meet Our Outreach Grant Recipients

Second Helpings

This year, we awarded Trinity Outreach grants to organizations with COVID-19 related needs. One of the groups whose work we supported was Second Helpings, an organization that addresses hunger and poverty in central Indiana.

With their grant money, volunteers and staff from Second Helpings produced 2,084 meals for partner agencies to distribute. According to Katie Prine, senior director of philanthropy, the meals they provide to partner agencies are free of charge. This means that the agencies are able to focus their financial resources on essential community programming rather than food costs.
“We are so thankful that we have a strong partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church and they see value in our work,” Katie says. “What truly stands out to us is the ability to collaborate and continue to make central Indiana stronger in such a difficult time for so many.”

Thank you, Second Helpings, for your vital work in addressing increased food insecurity due to heightened levels of unemployment. And thank you to our Trinity family for financially supporting such outreach efforts. You extend the reach of our church with your generosity.

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

According to the FBI’s 2017 annual report, nearly a third of adults in the U.S. have a criminal record. A record can limit a person’s housing options, result in felony disenfranchisement, make them ineligible for social services, and create a host of employment barriers. Thankfully, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is able to help qualifying individuals, once in their lifetime, expunge old misdemeanors and felonies through the work of their Expungement Help Desk.

As a recent recipient of our Trinity Outreach Grant, the Clinic will use these funds to host a series of socially distant pop-up Expungement Help Desk days. “The need is greater than ever due to people losing jobs as a result of COVID,” said Clinic Help Desk Manager Julie Mennel. “The pop-up events will promote our ability to serve more people more quickly.”

This work is especially vital because we have all made mistakes. “People do grow up, overcome addiction, and get to a place where they decide to make a change, own their lives, and move on in positive ways,” said Julie. “Pursuing higher education, getting a better job, moving into a safe neighborhood, being the parent you want to be by chaperoning field trips and taking guardianship of a child who needs you. These steps forward are all things that people with a criminal record are not able to take. Is it any wonder that our communities are plagued with people caught in the cycle and that recidivism is a real issue?”

As a church, we believe that those struggling with the burden of past mistakes are worthy of a second chance and of grace. By pledging your financial support to Trinity, you are showing that you believe this too. Thank you for partnering with us to offer grace to our brothers and sisters with criminal records, thereby embodying Christ’s own example.

Indiana Youth Group

We awarded Indiana Youth Group with a Trinity Outreach grant this fall. With their grant money, IYG has been able to keep their pantry stocked with fresh and non-perishable food items for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.

A study from CHIP Indianapolis documented that one in four Indiana youth were thrown out of their home when they came out to their family. According to Chris Paulsen, CEO of IYG, the needs of IYG’s most at-risk youth reflect this finding. “As cold weather arrives, we know the number of youth we serve will increase. We look forward to being able to keep those youth fed,” he said.

We are so grateful to partner with an organization that is doing such important and meaningful work in our city. By supporting Trinity Episcopal Church, you are also supporting this work, showing Christ’s love and tangible care to those most in need. Thank you for your generosity!

Dayspring Center

“Even under the best of conditions, getting out of homelessness, especially when children are involved, is incredibly difficult,” says Dayspring Center Development Coordinator Cheryl Herzog. “Add a serious virus, which the homeless are particularly vulnerable to contracting, and families are now facing a life-threatening obstacle.” Dayspring is a local organization that provides emergency shelter, clothing, and nourishing meals for families with children who are experiencing homelessness in central Indiana. Often, these families go to Dayspring to escape domestic abuse. Or else they may have experienced financial, medical, or other crises that caused them to lose their home.

To help Dayspring combat the extra challenges they now face due to COVID, we recently awarded them one of our Trinity Outreach Grants. “We are looking forward to assisting the many families who will turn to us in the coming months and having the resources,” says Cheryl. Ultimately, their goal is to help families overcome homelessness so that they can build stable and healthy lives.As one of the few places in town where families with small children can go for this kind of help, a mother named Charlemane and her two daughters both found shelter and safety through Dayspring at the beginning of the pandemic. “We are very happy to report that since mid-March, we have not had a single case of COVID among the families in our care,” says Cheryl. “The families are especially grateful for our help as they navigate these unprecedented times.”

Your financial support of Trinity means that we are able to respond to the unprecedented needs of our community partners, like Dayspring, so that we, as a church family, can help create home for those who are literally without. Thank you for your faithful pledges to Trinity and for caring about families like Charlemane and her girls.