Family Promise is in the process of purchasing Hope United Presbyterian Church as our new Plainfield Resource Center.  All Plainfield Resource Center operations, currently located at 238 and 240 North Vine St., Plainfield, will be moved to the new facility.  Our family shelter, Almost Home, will remain on Township Line Road.

This page will provide meeting dates, documents, plans, information and our progress.  You are also welcome to call or email Julie Randall, Executive Director:  317-296-3742 or Julie@FamilyPromiseHendricksCounty.org


Meeting Dates

Sept. 20 from 5PM-7PM

Open House at current Plainfield Resource Center (238 N. Vine St.) for Hope neighborhood.  Open house complete.  Only a handful of people attended.  See handout from the Open House HERE.

Oct. 4 at 7PM

Neighborhood Meeting #2 at Hope Presbyterian Church with Jared McKee, retired Plainfield Police Chief and current Plainfield Director of Public Safety

Nov. 7  at 6:30PM 

Public hearing at Plainfield Plan Commission


Key Points

  • We want to be a good neighbor and intend to do all we can to be so.  This webpage and info it contains, community meetings, letters, updates and open houses are not required of us, but we want to be accepted by your neighborhood.
  • Hope United Presbyterian initiated this purchase in hopes that Family Promise will continue their work in our community.  We are honored and want nothing more than to extend the love and grace to those in need that this church exemplifies.
  • Our only plan for this property is the Resource Center.  The change of zoning we are requesting is reflective of this and does NOT include any further development on the property.  Therefore, no other development would be permissible.  Zoning documents will be available here once we submit application in the coming weeks.
  • We have two Resource Centers. The Center in Plainfield is located at 238 N. Vine St.  The Brownsburg Center is located within Brownsburg Schools.  These Centers are hubs for those struggling. We also have an overnight shelter, Almost Home, on the north side of Plainfield.
  • We provide emergency and permanent housing, homelessness prevention and stability services, such as a child care, transportation, jobs and most of all lots of love. So far in 2022, we have ended homelessness for 92 families and prevented it for 505 families.
  • Family Promise partners with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (710 E Buchanan St., Plainfield) in the establishment and operations of an early learning center at St. Mark’s.  All of our children attend.
  • We provide emergency shelter at Almost Home and in local hotels.  90% of the households we assist that are experiencing homelessness have children.  Residents of Almost Home must have children.  90% of all we service are NOT experiencing homelessness.  Instead, they receive stability services to prevent homelessness.
  • The Resource Center is not a homeless shelter. No one will be in the building overnight, except our facilities’ manager. We will operate from 6:30AM to 6PM, 7-days a week. Sometimes there will be evening meetings, but operations will be only during the day.
  • Staff will be onsite 24/7 to address any afterhours issues.  It is very rare that there are any issues overnight.  Occasionally, 2 times in the last 12 months, we had to transport someone after 6PM because they were still on property.  It was between 6PM and 7PM.  There have been no other issues.
  • The Center will have showers, food and laundry facilities for our families.  On most days, there will be 4 families and 3 individuals utilizing these services.  Overnight, these families are at our shelter, Almost Home, or local hotels.  Sometimes we transport them to shelters in other areas when our space is full or they do not meet our criteria.
  • The Resource Center is a place of support for those in need of stability services such as rent and utility assistance. It is where our case managers and other professionals meet with those struggling.
  • On a typical day, there will be 15 staff, 3 volunteers and around 30 clients, most with children, in and out. Donations from community members are also dropped off a couple of times per day. Somedays it will be very quiet, other days there will be more activity.
  • The Town of Plainfield has reported that a change in use from the currently approved zoning to the expected traffic volumes would not be sufficient to warrant any modifications to the existing public infrastructure.
  • The neighborhood can continue to utilize the green space, playground and building for meetings such as Boy Scouts, NA and AA, which are currently meeting.
  • We believe that most of you understand the importance and value of this work and care for those who are struggling. But, maybe feel there is a better location, just not a residential neighborhood.  The reality is this is a church, which is the perfect place for this work.  Our relationship with Hope is strong.  This building and grounds work very well for us and it is affordable for our organization.
  • We want and need Hope to become the Family Promise Resource Center AND we want to be a good neighbor.
  • Establishment of a Neighborhood Alliance and Family Promise to gather and address issues, if any.  Neighborhood meetings held each quarter to address concerns lead by the Neighborhood Alliance.

Documents 

Original letter to the Hope neighborhood regarding community meeting to share our work and plans, along with listening to concerns.   LETTER HERE 

Second letter to the Hope neighborhood regarding community meeting with Plainfield Director of Public Safety Jared McKee.  LETTER HERE

Police Runs and Response at current facilities – HERE

Safety and Security PlanHERE

Traffic ImpactHERE

Family Promise Strategic PlanHERE

2022 ServicesHERE 

Family Promise Board of Directors and Staff HERE

Financials – We are happy to provide these at your request.  Contact Julie Randall

Questions & AnswersHERE