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Finding adequate shelter for families can be challenging

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors A little over a year ago, Mike Chapuran’s first day at Family Promise in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood didn’t go quite as planned. Trying to get a sense of his new position, he started his first day answering the nonprofit’s phones. The first caller was a family, which he had […]

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Battling homelessness relies on dedication, collaboration

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The thought process in itself is pretty elementary. Identify a problem, and then get smart heads get together to find a solution. On paper, it sounds good, but real life can be another story. The problem of homelessness is an issue that has vexed politicians and social service agencies […]

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Homeless resources in Indianapolis

This week, Indianapolis Star reporter, Maureen Gilmer, wrote a story about seeking help for a homeless mom. The story referenced the Street Outreach Rapid Response Team, and other nonprofits that acted immediately to secure a spot for this family. To learn more about Indianapolis’ services, read her article. Just like that, within three hours, a […]

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Ready, set, go: Boys & Girls Clubs help kids look beyond high school

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors For Linda Foster, 16, and Taneiscia Persinger, 15, middle school was a struggle. Both had blase attitudes about school, which were reflected in their grades. Then about three years ago, they each had a relative who cajoled them to join the Boys & Girls Club in their neighborhoods. That’s […]

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Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing was founded in Indianapolis in 2006. Forced, intense exercise has been scientifically proven to reduce, delay and even reverse, some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. At its flagship Indianapolis location, 19 classes are offered each week, serving more than 200 people. Sixteen “Training Camps” are presented each year to replicate and […]

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Groundwork Indy’s roots

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors In the 1980s, Liverpool, England started an experiment. The city worked with young people to improve areas that had been neglected. After seeing some success, Groundwork UK was established by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to promote local partnerships that could rebuild Britain’s bypassed urban communities through community-led strategies. Its […]

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Groundwork Indy: Developing a neighborhood and youth

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Most teenagers don’t sit around talking about invasive plants and medicinal herbs or brownfields. But at least a half dozen area teenagers are the exception. Isaac, 15, Adarin, 16, Nashawn, 16, Randie, 16, Aliza, 15, and De’Shawn, 19, spend Saturday mornings researching and learning more about these topics, while […]

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Bouquets make a difference

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors At Random Acts of Flowers (RAF), recipients of the arrangements are touched and surprised. “The calls we get from these recipients, they just make you weep because you know what that arrangement looked like. You know it was not a big extravagant bouquet, it was a tiny little happy, […]

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The healing power of flowers

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Over the ages, flowers have taken on symbolic meanings. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese refer to the use of flowers in their stories and myths. The Greeks considered flowers to be of particularly high importance and associated them with the gods. But the language of flowers, floriography, can […]

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