New Paved Driveway at the Family Promise Resource Center
Family Promise now has a paved driveway, thanks to unrestricted funding provided by the Hendricks County Community Foundation! While paving a driveway was not our first choice for use of limited resources, it was a necessity. Family Promise rents our Resource Center, located at 360 N. Avon Avenue in Avon, from the Avon/Washington Township Public Library. In order to use the building in the capacity of a Resource Center for families experiencing homelessness, the Avon Board of Zoning Appeals granted us a variance and required us to pave our driveway as a condition. We were given 18 months to complete the paving. Our 18 months expires August 18. Even with a large lead time, it was difficult to divert limited funds from assisting the homeless to paving a driveway. It is not easy to raise funds for capital expenditures such as a driveway and we were quickly running out of options…enter the Hendricks County Community Foundation!
Unrestricted funding provided by the HCCF is keeping our doors open to homeless families in Hendricks County! HCCF did not create a set of needs in hopes that an organization would fit into a category so they could provide assistance; instead they listen to the community and address REAL needs as they occur.
There is so much good happening in our community for those who need it the most. Thanks to PC Paving for the very reasonable rate and quality job! As always, thank you to the HCCF for leading the way; for being responsive and thoughtful while inspiring a caring community. – August 9, 2017
Welcome to the Board
Family Promise is pleased to welcome three additions to the Family Promise Board of Directors. Cathy Fowler, Levi Lucas and Jeff Lee will be joining board members Tim Campbell, Larry Champion, AnnaMarie Fallon, Mike Hartley, Jay Horn, Sharon Merchant, Lesley Rhoden, Chase Slaughter, Erin Tanner, Jeanelle VerWayne, and Andre Webb.
I have been a nurse for 24 years and enjoy working with people. We moved to Hendricks County 2 years ago and absolutely love the area and the people here. I work at Hendricks Regional Health in outpatient surgery. I am originally from South Carolina and attended Clemson University. I am almost always happy and try to find the positive in every situation.
I feel like volunteering is a great way to get involved in a community and really get to know the wonderful people that feel as passionate as I do about helping others.
Levi Lucas is a lifelong resident of Hendricks County, having lived in Danville, Avon, and now Plainfield. Levi is a 2014 graduate of Avon High School, having previously attended Heron Arts High School. He was a pre-professional ballet dancer at the Indianapolis School of Ballet and continues to volunteer for the Danville Children’s Ballet.
While still a college student, Levi works at Abstract and Title of Avon as a shipping coordinator. He is a member of Fairfield Friends Meeting where he has served as Clerk of the Young Friends and volunteers for Family Promise when Fairfield hosts.
When asked why he wanted to be active in Family Promise, he stated “I love this community and I know that it has many, many great people and together we can do great things. Hendricks County has a problem with situational homelessness and, through volunteering for Family Promise at my church, I have realized that Family Promise is the best way to combat that problem by helping families in their time of need to get back on their feet. I’m very proud to be part of this great organization.”
Jeff currently leads teams in support of IT applications at Eli Lilly and Company. He is also a lead ambassador between Eli Lilly and the United Way coordinating work through teams in a half dozen local organizations. He has a long history of working with people in need through various organizations and ministering as a lead pastor while in Lafayette. He looks forward to getting behind the mission of Family Promise to eliminate homelessness one family at a time.
Welcome Julie Randall
Family Promise of Hendricks County is pleased to announce our new Executive Director, Julie Randall. With deep ties to our Hendricks County community and programs serving those in need, Julie will guide Family Promise in expanding our reach to homeless children and their families. “We are so very fortunate and excited to have Julie join us,” Dr. Mike Hartley, Family Promise Board of Directors Vice President, said. “Her compassion for homelessness coupled with amazing community connections creates a unique opportunity for us to grow and thrive in the years to come.”
Family Promise is dedicated to helping families achieve sustainable independence by partnering with a network of churches and volunteers providing shelter, meals and supportive services. Family Promise builds bridges between people in need and people who want to help.
For more information and to become involved, please contact Julie at 317-694-5097 or Julie@FamilyPromiseHendricksCounty.org