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SCOTUS declines to hear appeal of Indiana couple who lost custody of transgender child

By Lauren Chapman On March 18, 2024 The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of an Indiana couple who said their transgender daughter was wrongly removed from their…


Report: Indiana ranks low in affordable, available housing units

By Violet Comber-Wilen By March 15, 2024 A new report shows Indiana has only 34 affordable and available rental units for every 100 extremely low-income households in the state. The report, The Gap:…


Gary Housing Authority tears down $1.5 million downtown Gary affordable housing apartment building that was recently built but never occupied

By Joseph S. Pete On March 24, 2024 Gary has been plagued by thousands of blighted vacant buildings over the years. The Steel City has been renewing efforts to knock…


Indiana Lawmakers in Standoff on Antisemitism Bill Following Changes Sought by Critics of Israel

Disagreements among Indiana lawmakers could stop passage of a bill aiming to address antisemitism on college campuses, leaving Indiana students and professors uneasy as divisions surrounding the ongoing Israel-Hamas war…


Church in small Indiana town wipes out $4.1M in medical debt for 3,000 families

By Haley Miller On March 6, 2024 A church in Odon, Indiana, helped wipe out $4.1 million in medical debt for nearly 3,000 southwest Indiana families — more than double…

Indiana nears law allowing more armed statewide officials at state Capitol

Four statewide elected officials in Indiana including the attorney general and secretary of state would be able to carry handguns in the Statehouse under the bill. By Isabella Volmert On…


Indiana teachers say website for parents’ complaints ‘creating a bogeyman’

Educators shared their concerns with the Guardian about a deepening culture-war agenda fought over race and gender By Clea Skopeliti On March 3, 2024 An alliance of Indiana teacher unions has…


Religious, civil rights groups accuse higher ed bill of racism

By Ethan Sanweiss On March 5, 2024 A petition opposing Indiana’s higher education bill says the bill will disproportionately harm faculty and students of color. Sixty-eight organizations in Indiana including religious, academic and civil…

Local Organizations

P.A.C.E. (Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry) - Since 1968, PACE (formerly Offender Aid & Restoration) has been aiding in the successful transition of individuals who are released from incarceration back into their community. Ex-offender services include mental health and substance abuse counseling and group therapy, career and financial guidance, and education.

The Julian Center -The Julian Center is the largest organization supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence in the state of Indiana. They provide an enormous array of programs to heal, empower and protect more than 6,000 survivors annually.

Second Helpings - Second Helpings rescues prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants -- preventing unnecessary waste. That rescued food is used to create 3,500 hot, nutritious meals each day that are distributed to 70 social service agencies that feed people in need. The Second Helpings Culinary Job Training program trains disadvantaged adults for careers in the foodservice industry. This helps eliminate hunger at its source. More than 500 adults have graduated from this program, and Second Helpings alumni are now working in Central Indiana as cooks, executive chefs, business owners and culinary instructors. We're more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry - we're a community kitchen.

Little Red Door Cancer AgencyLittle Red Door Cancer Agency reduces the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved residents of central Indiana through direct services, navigation, and community outreach and education.

Christel House International - Founded in 1998, Christel House International works to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their societies. Christel House alleviates poverty through education. Christel House builds and operates high social-impact learning centers in impoverished neighborhoods, which provide: quality education, nutritious meals, regular health care, life skills training and character development, as well as parent and community outreach. Children are taught the importance of caring, sharing and making a difference. 

Indianapolis Urban League - The Indianapolis Urban League’s mission is to assist African-Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals achieve social and economic equality. The Indianapolis Urban League employs a five-point strategy tailored to local needs: Education and Youth Empowerment, Economic Empowerment, Health and Quality of Life Empowerment, Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment, Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment.

Kheprw Institute - Kheprw Institute is a community organization that works to create a more just, equitable, human-centered environmentally sustainable world. We do this by cultivating the leadership capacity of youth and young adults, engaging them in working to improve their community and supporting community empowerment.

Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership - Affordable and sustainable housing initiative. The vision of INHP is that every person in Indianapolis should have the opportunity to live in a safe, decent and affordable home in a vibrant neighborhood.

Earth Charter Indiana - Earth Charter Indiana exists to inspire and advance sustainable, just and peaceful living in Indiana by promoting the values and principles of the Earth Charter. 1. Respect and care for the community of life. 2. Ecological integrity. 3. Social and economic justice. 4. Democracy, non-violence and peace.

Indy Hunger Network - The food system that feeds the hungry is large and complex. The goal of the Indy Hunger Network is to create a system that ensures anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need.

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