The Hendricks County Community Foundation awarded $15,000 from two funds– the Deedee Daniel Opportunity Fund ($5,000) and the Habit of the Heart Fund ($10,000)–to Family Promise of Hendricks County for the purchase of a van. Family Promise was in need of a replacement van to transport homeless families multiple times daily from their “host” church or organization to the Resource Center, job interviews, medical appointments, and many other necessary services. Sixty-two percent of Americans are one paycheck away from homelessness, meaning that a lost job, car repair, or large housing or medical expense could lead that family to homelessness. Homelessness is not just a big city problem but affects families right here in our local community. It is estimated that there are 236 school-aged children in Hendricks County that are homeless. Children facing homelessness will miss out on an estimated one-third of their schooling during their homelessness.

Family Promise works to combat the negative effects of homelessness and help homeless families get back to stability by working with local churches and organizations. Even though it is a young nonprofit, Family Promise has served more than two dozen families, approximately 80 percent of which have found permanent housing.

The grants from HCCF were used to purchase a 2014 Ford Econoline van that can hold 15 passengers and is replacing a fifteen-year-old 12 passenger van, allowing them to transport one additional family per trip. “The previous van limited us to serving no more than three families at a time,” Tim Campbell, Family Promise Board Member, said. “With the extra capacity provided by the new van, we can help another entire family get the help and services they need.” Habit of the Heart is a fund of HCCF that helps Hendricks County women and children in emergency need. To date, the fund has provided over $435,000 in grants for a variety of needs, which include eye glasses, hearing aids, dental work, clothing and other essential items. The Habit of the Heart committee is made up of volunteers who donate their time, talent and treasure to make a difference in our community. The fund has grown and prospered due to the generosity of sponsors, community partners and local businesses who have given their kind and loyal support over the years.

The Deedee Daniel Opportunity Fund was established by HCCF’s Board of Directors to award grants to various projects and nonprofit organizations in Hendricks County. This unrestricted fund has awarded more than 370 grants totaling over $987,000 in the past 16 years, making a tremendous, lasting impact in our community. “Our Program Committee is focused on local needs and the Opportunity Fund allows the Community Foundation to partner with great projects and organizations in meeting those needs,” said William Rhodehamel, HCCF President and CEO. “As always, it is an honor to be able to play a pivotal role in the good work that these grantees are doing in our community.”