Located on the White River near the center of Indiana, Indianapolis was founded in 1821. It became Indiana’s state capital in 1825. Indianapolis is a unique blend of a large urban city and the small rural towns that immediately surround the downtown area. This clash of two “worlds” has provided a broad spectrum of opportunities and challenges. Twenty percent of the people in Indianapolis are living below the poverty line, but in the midst of that struggle the city has had progressive growth in tourism. By using all their resources the people of Indianapolis are working to bring about change and a better life for all their residents.
Serving in Indianapolis
• Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
• During the week, students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program or elderly care facilities.
Your group will primarily work in homeless shelters, food banks and community centers in Indianapolis. Much of your work will focus on issues of hunger and homelessness as you support those who work on the front-lines of these service organizations. Organizations we partner with include Westminster Neighborhood Ministries and Fletcher Place Community Center, organizations working to alleviate the immediate impacts of poverty, as well as Wheeler Mission Ministries, Gleaners Food Bank and Midwest Food Bank. In the evenings your group will have the opportunity to explore downtown Indianapolis, attend a rap concert arranged for your students and attend a community cookout hosted by our housing site.
We have been in Indianapolis since the summer of 2013 and have received a warm welcome from partners there. We’ve had the privilege of serving in several neighborhoods throughout the city, including Downtown, Bates-Hendricks and the Near East Side, where we house.