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Fr. John's Homily 2.18.2018

Fr. Ted's Homily 2.18.2018




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Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis was founded in 1994. Its largest program, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), serves up to eight families and 28 individuals at a time. These families are in a crisis situation because of their lack of housing and food. There are 35 host congregations in the greater Indianapolis area that provide temporary shelter, food and support to these families. Volunteers at each church donate food for meals, cook, set up beds and serve as activity host, overnight hosts and van drivers. Guest families stay overnight at each church and are driven to the IHN Day Center every morning, where the children go on to school and parents go to their jobs.

If the parents are unemployed, they work with a case manager at the Day Center to search for employment and housing and network with social service agencies. There is a computer lab, in addition to storage, showers, clothing, telephone service and a medical triage.

The number of families in need continues to grow. Mike Chapuran, the new Executive Director, stated in the Family Promise 2016 Annual Report, “I knew I would have to occasionally turn families away on the phone away because our shelter was full. What I didn’t know was that all family shelters in Indianapolis were turning away 10 families per day.”

St. Elizabeth Seton joined IHN at its inception 1994. As a hosting congregation, we serve three to four families for a week, two times a year. The families are assisted by Seton volunteers who provide them with basic needs and support. About 80 volunteers are involved at St. Elizabeth Seton, said former coordinator Todd Vonderohe. “This is not a pseudo-permanent thing.” He said. “It is a temporary emergency shelter and the program tries to address the root of chronic homelessness.” In referring to the IHN families Vonderohe stated, “It is very valuable for our parishioners to see how similar they are to us, in faith and in responsibility as parents. It also gives the guests hope as they see their similarities to us, and they focus on the importance of being good moms and dads.” Vonderohe said “One of my favorite moments, the reason I keep doing this, was when I was serving breakfast on a cold February morning, and a woman came in to eat and said, ‘It must be really nice to be rich.’ I didn’t know what to say,” Vonderohe said. “But I am very fortunate to live in an affluent area and have a good job so my wife can stay home with our kids. I can’t imagine being in that woman’s position. I literally said nothing to the woman, but I thought about that for days. That’s why I keep doing this. And it’s why we all do it.”

Ann O’Connor-Bruhn, a member of St. Elizabeth Seton who comes in after dinner to direct activities, said “This is such a purpose-driven program, my husband and I are happy to get involved.” “The families are all fantastic.” She said. “They are hard-working people with kids who need the help.”

Guest Larry Collins said, “This gives people a real good chance to get on their feet. It helps build our emotions back up. It’s unique and I think it’s very interesting to have the input from different religions. I have learned a lot and experienced a lot “While we are here, all families pull together,” Collins said, “It’s a nice group, and everyone looks out for each other. When we get back on our feet, we’ve already discussed coming back and helping. It’s the volunteers who make the program.”

Karen Spitznogle, a St. Elizabeth Seton parishioner, made and served dinner one night, then visited with the guests. “This is a very, very cool program,” she said. “This is a relatively easy thing for me to help with,” said her husband, Jim Spitznogle, “I see a real need for this program, and it’s a wonderful thing.”



Bob Dyer 317.848.9527 or email robertdyer@aol.com
Steve Bailey 317.853.6908 or email baileyiu@outlook.com


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