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HOME

Home is very basic to who we are. It’s a place of security. A place of retreat and retrenching. A place to claim as our own, with all its quirks and familiarities, unique in all the world. 

Being without a home impacts nearly every aspect of what we think of as basic to family. For families living on the margins and in cycles of poverty, being without a home is a very real and constant threat. 

We don’t have to look far in the Bible to know that God understands our drive and desire for home. God led the displaced Israelites through the desert to achieve their hearts’ desire of a permanent home. God wants for all people to have a place of safety and security. “Then my people will live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places,” says Isaiah 32:18.

Every child deserves a place they can call home. Our congregation offers many ways you can reach out to neighbors to help them find the security and peace of home.

If you would like to financially support our "HOME" ministries, please select "Home" in the drop-down menu on our E-giving page.

If you would like to explore how to share your gifts with our mission partners, please contact Rev. David Berry.

 

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    Habitat For Humanity
    Build season is here!

    Volunteer for Friday, November 11

    Click here to hear Rev. Chris Henry and Jim Morris of Habitat discuss housing issues.

    In June 2022, Rev. Chris Henry sat down with Jim Morris, president and CEO of Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to discuss housing issues in our city. Listen in to their conversation: 

     

    SIgn up to help with the Second 2022 build dates on Friday, November 11.

    Curious about how the build day will go? Get all the details here.

    Greater Indy Habitat brings people together people to provide safe, affordable housing for families in our community. This summer Second is part of a multiple home build in the Riverside neighborhood of Indianapolis. 

    If you are part of a group that would like to volunteer together, please sign up using the link above or contact Amy Donhardt at Habitat to arrange a work day.


    For more than 35 years, Second has partnered with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to sponsor an annual interfaith build and participate in other Habitat activities throughout the year.

    Greater Indy Habitat asks all volunteers to follow their guidelines to promote safety

    Watch this video to learn more about Second's decades-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

    If you would like to contribute to this important work in our community, please designate "Habitat for Humanity" in your donation to Second.

     

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    Unwelcomed: A Fair Housing History of Sales & Lending Discrimination
    Exhibit by the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

    Now through August 26 in McFarland Hall

    Based on the belief that eliminating discrimination starts with education, the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana in partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library has developed an interactive exhibit that details the history of practices and tactics that barred certain groups from homeownership.

    This exhibit is on display in McFarland Hall through the end of August. On a series of 11 oversized panels, the story of redlining, blockbusting, racial covenants, and other forms of housing discrimination are told through text, photos, and QR codes that link to additional resources like videos and reports.

    *If you would like to bring a group to view the exhibit, please call the church at (317) 253-6461. We want to make sure you can spend interrupted time in the space. 

     

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    Housing Advocacy Summit:
    Eviction & Court Watching
    Sunday, August 28, 2:30-4 PM

    Location: MTI School of Knowledge, 4950 W. 34th Street, Indianapolis 46224

    Location:
    MTI School of Knowledge, 4950 W. 34th Street, Indianapolis 46224

    Click here to learn more about the event.

    If you are not able to make it in person, please check back for a Zoom link to join the summit virtually.


    Come hear renowned lawyer and housing rights advocate Fran Quigley describe renter struggles, including the challenge of affording market rent and the horrible housing conditions some of them endure. Fran Quigley is the Director of Health and Human Rights Clinic at the McKinley School of Law.

    Other speakers include Hale Crumley, Coalition Coordinator for Prosperity Indiana, and Carolyn Kingen from the Meridian Street United Methodist Church Housing Justice Task Force.

    You'll also have the opportunity to learn how you can get involved in the advocacy effort through court watching utilizing the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition Toolkit.

    As neighbors desiring fair and just housing, we come together to learn about the realities of tenants and landlords and discuss how we can make Indiana a better place to live.


    Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

    • Housing Habitability & Network Mapping, September 18
    • Housing Coalition Building, October 23

    Hosted by Nora Neighborhood Ambassadors and Patchwork Indy

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    Family Promise
     

    Formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), Family Promise works to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis.

    At a recent Family Promise fundraiser, Second Presbyterian Church was the fifth largest donor to support the Apartment Shelter Program, which provides 130 homes for families in transition.

    Learn more at fpgi.org.

    Contact:
    Rev. David Berry
    (317) 253-6461
    DBerry@SecondChurch.org

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    NeighborLink Indianapolis

    NeighborLink Indianapolis is a nonprofit serving Marion County providing free home repairs and services to neighbors who are low-income homeowners-seniors or disabled- living at or below 150% of the federal poverty line. Its mission is to help our most vulnerable citizens age in place safely and with dignity. Since it began in late 2013, NeighborLink has provided more than 2,000 home repairs.

    Watch a video about volunteering with NeighborLink.

    Volunteer opportunities are flexible, great for groups, generally in three-hour segments and do not require any skill--just a heart to serve. Minimum volunteer age is 12 years old (with adult supervision), so there are opportunities for families with children 12 or older to participate together. Several groups within Second, including youth and young adults, have already volunteered with NeighborLink.

    NeighborLink has a collaborative relationship with SAWs as NeighborLink does not build ramps. 


    NeighborLink Indianapolis is one of the new local mission partners identified by the Task Force on Local Partnership Ministries in 2020. The task force was established to consider new opportunities for mission work in our local community, Washington Township, and to consider ways to adapt existing mission projects so that they focus more directly on our local community. 

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    SAWs Ramp Building
    Volunteer opportunities for age 12 and up. No experience necessary!

    Help build a ramp and change a life!

    Volunteer opportunities are available for ramp builds. No experience or tools are required! SAWs will provide the leadership and the materials. We just ask that you are willing to learn and serve others. Youth age 12 and up are welcome to volunteer with a parent/guardian. This is the perfect service project for a family with older children.

    Volunteer opportunities are posted each month online at SAWSRamps.volunteerhub.com. They are available on a first come, first serve basis and are open to anyone interested.

    SAWs© is a nonprofit, volunteer organization founded in 2003. Originally started in Indianapolis, our organization serves clients across Indiana, as well as Arizona and Virginia. We specialize in building wooden wheelchair ramps for low-income, permanently disabled individuals. With the support of our donors and volunteers, lives are changed one ramp at a time, and, in less than six hours, we transform a client’s life FOREVER.

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    Umoja Partnership
    Transforming Communities One Child at a Time

    Providing shelter for vulnerable children and their families in western Kenya

    Umoja Partnership works with orphaned and vulnerable children in western Kenya. When a beneficiary's family needs shelter, the community gathers to build a semi-permanent home with a tin roof, wood frame, and mud walls made from clay made onsite. 

    For more than fourteen years, members of Second have joined with other faith groups in Indianapolis to support the work of the Umoja Partnership in western Kenya. The Kenyan staff provides food, shelter, empowerment programs, and education fees for orphaned and vulnerable children.

    Second is a founding member of Umoja Partnership, an interfaith organization dedicated to transforming communities one child at a time. Formerly known as Global Interfaith Partnership, Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. You can learn more at UmojaPartnership.org

     

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    Northside Mission Ministry
    Utility and Rent Assistance

    Utility and Rent Assistance

    The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) partners with the Fay Bicard Glick Community Center and the Washington Township Trustee Office to offer emergency financial intervention. In these “gap” situations, a little assistance goes a long way, often preventing a family from losing their housing or having their power shut off. Our partners provide vital case management with URAP families to ensure long term stability.

    Northside Ministry cares for the poor and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.

    Check out this profile of Northside Mission Ministries in Responsive Congregations, a publication of the Project on Religion and Urban Culture 2.0, a joint initiative of the Polis Center and IU School of Liberal Arts. You'll see how the Holy Spirit has moved within our congregation to shape this vital ministry "To create transformational change in the place that Second Church has called home for nearly two centuries, among people who—members or not—belong to its community."


    Located on the northeast corner of Second Presbyterian Church, Northside Food Pantry is open to Washington Township residents on the following days:

    • Tuesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon

    If you would like to help at the pantry, please sign up online. We are limited to ten volunteers per shift, so we are managing our volunteers closely with SignUpGenius. In addition to food pantry hours, volunteers are needed to unload deliveries and stock shelves.

    For more information or to volunteer, contact Lisa Enright.

     

     

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    Advocacy: Speak Out for Others 

    Add your voice to Second's work addressing both hunger and housing issues right here in our community and across the country.

    Why do we do this work? As Christians we are called to speak out on behalf of others. Read Rev. Chris Henry's article No More "Playing Church" and watch the conversation between Rev. Chris Henry and Jim Morris, president and CEO of Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity.  

    Add your voice to Second's work addressing both hunger and housing issues right here in our community (a church for the city!) and across the country. We'll equip you with helpful information, as well as offer tools to help you contact your state and national government representatives.

    Advocate for Action

    So much of our mission work involves being the hands and feet of Christ, providing food for our neighbors, building and repairing homes. Advocacy Days allow us to amplify the voice of Christ as well, speaking out for those in need.

    This work is nonpartisan. We are all called to bear the burdens of others and walk alongside our neighbors. Writing to our representatives is an opportunity to address the roots of housing and hunger issues, getting to the factors that perpetuate the problems.

    Thank you for putting your faith into action by using your voice to advocate for others. Follow these three easy steps to speak out:

    1.  Educate yourself about the issues and current legislation being considered.

    2.  Gather names and addresses for your representatives.

    Not sure who your representative is? Find out here. When you enter your address into this website, you'll learn who your state and national representatives are.

    3.  Write a letter stating what is on your heart.


    Sample Letter Format:

    Address your letter to "The Honorable (name of member of Congress)"

    Paragraph 1: Establish importance of this topic.

    "Hunger is an important issue to me because..." (state why hunger is an important issue to you)

    Examples:

    • "My faith calls me to action..."
    • "I have faced hunger in my life..."
    • "I know people who odn't know where their next meal is coming from..."
    • "I work at a food pantry..."

    Paragraph 2: Call to action

    "You are facing legislation..."

    • List current legislation this Congressperson should be considering.
    • Tell the Congressperson how you would like them to vote on these issues. 
    • Let them know that you vote based on thes issue and that you will be watching to see what they do.

    Sign your letter:

    Your constituent,
    Name
    Full address (to establish yourself as their constituent)

    Thank you to Jeff and Cathie Reese for providing the food security research and these letter writing tips! Thank you to Rev. Tyler Brinks for researching housing legislation in Indiana!