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March 17, 2020

Dear Friends of Horizon House,

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected our community and families in unprecedented ways over the past several days. I wanted to communicate with you today to ensure that Horizon House remains committed to our mission of serving those experiencing homelessness in our community. Our organization is taking every available precaution to protect our neighbors, our staff, and our community.

As of today, there are no known cases of coronavirus identified at Horizon House. Horizon House is actively collaborating with the Marion County Health Department, The Mayor’s Office, Eskenazi Health Pedigo and The CDC. We are also following recommendations for best practices from those serving in the homeless sector throughout the country. Following these recommendations, we have created response plans to protect our community while continuing to provide essential services. Many of those that we serve have no other place to meet their basic human needs aside from Horizon House.

I am very proud of how our community is coming together and we would ask that you remember Horizon House and those that we serve at this time. For the safety of our volunteers, we have suspended volunteer services. I want to thank our volunteers and look forward to their return. This is stretching our resources in an unprecedented way. You will make an incredible impact by giving today for Horizon House to care for the most vulnerable in our community.

You are surely feeling the added pressures at this time as your family and employment are experiencing major disruptions. I empathize with you and yet, sincerely ask that you give in order to help Horizon House serve those that we must continue to serve. We are our neighbor’s safety net, we remain a place that they can turn for life-sustaining services. Many of those we serve are part of the most vulnerable populations during this pandemic. We are in need of your partnership.

These are uncertain times economically and we have already had to change plans to raise funds for our services. Please ensure that funding is available at this time when it is most needed. Will you give to Horizon House today?

Thank you for your solidarity to Horizon House and those we serve,

Teresa Wessel

Executive Director, Horizon House