The following article is courtesy of United Way of Central Indiana.
Arthur had worked for the same company most of his life. The job paid the bills and he knew if he was loyal to his company, his company would be loyal to him. But when the recession hit, Arthur’s company had to make cuts. And, after 16 years of work, he was let go.
Uncertain of what to do, Arthur moved in with his mother, whose health was declining. Shortly after he moved in, his mother passed away. He was grieving and had been so busy caring for his mother, he hadn’t found a job. Broke and alone, Arthur was homeless for the first time in his life he began working with a temp agency, but the jobs didn’t pay much and the work was never guaranteed. Although he was working, it was never enough to get back on stable ground.
Then, Arthur found Horizon House, a United Way-supported agency. He came in to do his laundry and stayed for a job readiness class. Through the class, he learned skills to land a job – a full-time position at Amazon! He even secured an apartment close to work.
With a steady income and place of his own, Arthur couldn’t be more hopeful. “If you have a job, you have control over your life – you have independence,” he said. Arthur is finding opportunities to professionally develop within his new company, building a support system of new friends, saving money and, in his words, “’just work on getting myself right.’”
Finding HOME…LuWanna inspires
From left to right Justin Swanson, Board member; Teresa Wessel, Executive Director; Jeff Miller, City Councilman; and Scott Krieder, City Councilman
The backbone of Horizon House’s existence is its donors. So to show our gratitude, nearly forty supporters and friends filled the room for a Donor Appreciation Event, recently held, at Harry and Izzy’s Restaurant, downtown.
The occasion gave Horizon House the opportunity to showcase the ways we serve those who are homeless in the Indianapolis community. The evening’s featured speaker was former neighbor and current Board member, LuWanna Scott.
With the undivided attention of our donors and friends in the room, LuWanna described how she overcame the trials and tribulations of being homeless and the life-sustaining role Horizon House has played in her success to prevail. No matter how often she shares her story, the words still resonate and inspire.
By supporting Horizon House services, our valued donors—those present that evening, and those not—play a vital role in helping us fulfill our mission to move our neighbors from shelter for a day to stability for a lifetime.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017 AT 8:00 AM
HORIZON HOUSE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
1033 EAST WASHINGTON STREET
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Providing HELP…Golfers Chip in for Homelessness
Golf carts and event bag tags at Heartland Crossing Golf Links, Camby.
Our 2nd Annual Chippin’ in for Homelessness golf event, held on June 7th, was a BIG success. We had a wonderful turnout—19 teams and 76 individuals enjoyed competitive golf, great food, and fantastic prizes—no one went home empty handed! Congratulations to tournament champions…first place winner/KPMG LLP and second place winner/Sprint.
This annual event provides a great fundraising opportunity for the agency—we exceeded our revenue goal! A HUGE thank you to our 19 sponsors as well as Horizon House board member Joe Wallace, who organized the event for the second year. We look forward to next year’s event and hope you will plan to join us.