All 33 legacy funds at the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) collectively granted
$10,951.76 for a kitchen remodel to Sheltering Wings, a shelter in Hendricks County that provides
safety and shelter to women and children suffering from any form of domestic abuse.
Since opening in 2002, Sheltering Wings has provided supportive and Christ-centered programs
to help build stable and independent lives for more than 1,600 women and 1,800 children, along
with domestic violence and sexual assault education to over 200,000 people.

In many homes, the kitchen is the center of daily life. It’s where meals are prepared, chores are
performed, and conversation and laughter is shared. The same is true at Sheltering Wings where
the kitchen is a gathering place for the women and children who call the domestic violence center
home. The kitchen was deteriorating to the point of sinks and garbage disposals malfunctioning,
hinges on cabinet doors needing replaced, and appliance elements constantly going out. The
generous grant from HCCF’s legacy funds provided Sheltering Wings a portion of the funds needed
to upgrade its kitchen to make it more efficient, easier to clean, and better suited for health and
nutrition classes. These upgrades included new appliances for the kitchen: refrigerators, stoves,
microwaves, ice maker, range hoods, as well as resident mailboxes and pantry storage shelves.

The kitchen upgrades have transformed the way the residents at Sheltering Wings interact and
work in their kitchen. Sheltering Wings Executive Director Cassie Martin spoke of the new
homelike environment, “We believe our residents deserve our very best and we strive to help
them build stable and independent lives. Our partnership with the Hendricks County Community
Foundation helps us to do that. We love our new kitchen! Each time we tour new residents through
our facility, we take pride in the changes we’ve made!”

The Community Foundation has been working to improve the quality of life in Hendricks County
since 1996 and the permanence and flexibility of legacy funds allow HCCF to do just that by
addressing the greatest needs in our community. A legacy fund allows a family to name their own
endowed fund that will award grants in Hendricks County now and for generations to come. Martin
commented on this, “When donors give unrestricted support to HCCF through legacy funds, the
Foundation is able to make grants to organizations like ours to complete critical projects. This
essential financial and organizational support allows us to maintain focus on our mission and
provide services for members throughout Hendricks County.”