Chris Knight Concert to benefit Hancock Hope House

Hancock Hope House is pleased to announce that Chris Knight is coming to Greenfield, Indiana on April 16th to play a benefit concert for the homeless of Central Indiana. Order your tickets online at www.hancockhopehouse.org or by phone 317 467-4991 or stop by the homeless shelter located at 35 East Pierson Street, Greenfield, IN and buy them in person. The concert will be at HJ Ricks Centre For The Arts in Downtown Greenfield. You do not want to miss this show.

Chris-Knight-Concert

120 Days On The Job, What Have I Learned?

120 days have come and gone since I took over as Executive Director for Hancock Hope House, what have I learned in that short period of time? I have learned to be thankful for the blessings in my life, things like: friends, family, feeling safe and secure in my home, food on the table, a steady job, warm socks, etc. etc.

Prior to me working at a homeless shelter, I took so many things for granted! I would reach in my sock drawer each morning and grab a pair of warm socks without thinking twice about it. I would walk to my coat closet on my way out the door and decide which of my many coats I wanted to wear today to keep me warm. I would hop in my truck, start it up and take off down the road to my job. I rarely would take the time to thank GOD for all the blessings and favor in my life.

When you open the front door and walk into work each morning and are surrounded by human beings that literally have nothing but the clothes on their backs, it is a humbling way to start your day. When you hear children running up and down the hall ways laughing and carrying on, (aka) acting like children, it brings a smile to my face knowing those children are safe and nourished. When the school bus stops at the homeless shelter and picks up the children and carries them safely to school, it is a good feeling to know the children are receiving a valuable education like they deserve.

When a young mother of two children stays 90 days at Hancock Hope House and walks into your office to inform you that she has signed a lease on her own apartment for her and her children to call home, it is a feeling of victory, a feeling of triumph, a feeling of success. When another mother of three children staying at Hancock Hope House informs you that her children are making the A honor roll and receiving student of the month awards, it is a feeling of pride and accomplishment.

In a past life, I chased the dollar like most people in the rat race. I found that no matter how many dollars I earned, it was never enough to satisfy me. When I took the job with Hancock Hope House homeless shelter and found myself surrounded by wonderful volunteers each day who were voluntarily here to help other human beings I began to feel different about my purpose at this time in my life. I no longer think how high can you climb up the ladder, instead I think how can I help another human being today. The days can be long, but when I make it home and am winding down for the night, I feel rewarded.

If you are feeling empty, defeated, alone or unsatisfied in your life, I encourage you to help someone you don’t even know. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter or whatever organization is near and dear to your heart. They say what you put out into the universe comes back to you (karma) so if I had to sum up what I have learned in the first 120 days of this journey, it would be, BEING SELF CENTERED LEAVES YOU FEELING EMPTY, BUT BEING SELF LESS LEAVES YOU FEELING REWARDED AND BLESSED.

WOMEN and CHILDREN FIRST (Birkenhead Drill)

“Women and Children first” is a code of conduct where the lives of women and children are to be saved first in life threatening situations or when survival resources are limited. The “Birkenhead drill” is associated with courageous behavior in hopeless circumstances. The phrase Women and Children first is often associated with the evacuation of a sinking ship. The crew and male passengers are to see to it that women and children are secured in the life boats first. As a society, we must expand our view of this mentality by using other dangerous scenarios (besides a sinking ship) that women and children are often faced with.

Women with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population nationally. About half of the homeless population are families with children. A mother responsible for raising her children without support and required resources typically heads a homeless family. Single mothers and children make up the largest group of people who are homeless in rural areas. Some of the major factors of homelessness amongst American females include domestic violence, poverty, mental illness and drug and/or alcohol dependency.

At Hancock Hope House homeless shelter, we currently have 18 homeless people staying with us, 50% of those people are CHILDREN under the age of 12 and 4 are women. As a society, we must not turn our backs on the homeless. By the GRACE OF GOD, I hope you and your children are blessed with a roof over your heads, but please do not lose sympathy and refuse to be empathetic towards the homeless. It is easy to go through life with an apathetic attitude, “YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER, TILL YOUR WELL RUNS DRY”. It is important for you to realize that the 18 human beings staying at the Hancock Hope House did not plan to be homeless or for their children to be homeless, a unique set of circumstances for each of them has created a life scenario that might be hard for you to relate with, but life often trumps the best laid plans.

I encourage you to help the homeless in your community. You can do this by seeking out organizations that provide shelter, food assistance and compassion to the homeless population and support those organizations by providing financial assistance to them, volunteer your time at homeless shelters, donate items like school supplies, gloves, hats, shoes. Make it a point in your life to not allow one child to go hungry tonight, make it a point to not allow one child to sleep outdoors tonight, make it a point to help those that are less fortunate than yourselves. May GOD BLESS you and your families and may GOD also inspire you to not turn your backs on the homeless.

Christmas time at the homeless shelter

Christmas time for most of us means decorating our house with lights, putting up a Christmas tree so we have a place to put all the gifts that we have been busy buying all month, cooking a big meal and baking sweet treats and ultimately enjoying the company of friends and family. December is a month that can be stressful for many, maybe we can’t find a good parking spot at the mall or we might be having trouble figuring out what that “perfect gift” to buy is, worse yet, maybe we blew the budget that we set for ourselves regarding how much we intended to spend on all the gifts we purchased. The month of December is often filled with stressful scenarios for us, but if we put those things in perspective, we quickly realize that their are other people out there that have much greater things to “stress” about. For those that are homeless, they worry about, where am I going to sleep tonight? How am I going to eat to today? How am I going to keep my children safe and secure tonight?

There are many people that are homeless in our community. Maybe you do not see them because they are sleeping under the bridge or in their car. They might be blessed with a family member or friend that is allowing them to stay at their place for a short period of time. Many are “lucky” enough to secure an open bed at a local homeless shelter that are in great demand as the weather turns colder. At the Hancock Hope House homeless shelter in Greenfield, IN, we currently have 4 females, 3 children and 3 men staying with us trying to get back on their feet. Women with children are currently the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Let me restate that, WOMEN WITH CHILDREN ARE THE FASTEST GROWING SEGMENT OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION.

It is heart breaking to see anyone without a place to call home, especially when women and children are impacted. Most mothers put their children’s needs first, even before their own well being. Women in homeless shelters are no exception! The majority of moms that stay at the Hancock Hope House homeless shelter are very caring, loving, nurturing mothers that would sacrifice everything to provide a safe, warm place for their kids.

Central Indiana is a tremendously caring community. Many people feel blessed to have a roof over their heads, money to buy groceries and friends and families to love them. These generous Hoosiers show up everyday at the Hancock Hope House to donate money, food, personal care items, time, energy and compassion. They have been doing this since we opened our doors in 1991 and that is why are doors are still open and the lights are still on. These people are why our residents are able to give gifts to their children for Christmas and cook them nourishing meals in our kitchen every night. Without the generosity of the community we would not be able to continue to provide HOPE to the homeless and provide over 4,000 nights of shelter to the homeless each year.

As you set your New Year’s resolution, please resolve to support your local homeless shelter in 2015!

Please support the Hancock Hope House

Dear Friend of the Hancock Hope House,

 

 

Since 1991, the HANCOCK HOPE HOUSE has served homeless men, women and children in Hancock, Shelby and Rush counties. Our mission is to provide hope to the community while strengthening individuals and families on their journey to being self sufficient. Upon entering the HANCOCK HOPE HOUSE, our residents commit to a supportive program that provides them with food, shelter, and the encouragement they need to be successful. This year, we will provide 4,000 nights of shelter. Our success in serving these community members is very reliant upon your support. Your tax deductible donations to the HANCOCK HOPE HOUSE help us turn hope into action. Thank you for past and future support. We wish you a joyous holiday season!

 

There are three easy ways for you to provide financial support to our organization:

 

  1. Mail a check to Hancock Hope House, 35 E. Pierson Street, Greenfield, IN 46140
  2. Visit our website www.hancockhopehouse.org, donate securely via PAYPAL
  3. Stop by the Hancock Hope House and hand deliver your donation in person

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Carl Denny

Executive Director

Hancock Hope House

35 East Pierson Street

Greenfield, Indiana 46140

cdenny@hancockhopehouse.org

www.hancockhopehouse.org

Harry Homeless HIPPIE’S Hike to Benefit Hoosier Homeless & Hungry

I received a call today from Timothy B. Watt indicating that he wanted to donate $21 to the Hancock Hope House. Tim is a homeless veteran from Indiana who has started an effort called Harry Homeless Hippie’s Hike to benefit Hoosier Homeless and Hungry. Tim was at the Hancock County library and asked if I could meet him there to pick up the donation. I asked him how I would know who to look for when I arrived at the library, Tim told me to look for the guy at computer 64 with a long beard and long hair. When I arrived, he was easily identifiable. I introduced myself and inquired about his efforts to raise money for Hoosier homeless and hungry, he explained to me that he intends to walk a crossed the state of Indiana raising funds for organizations that help others. He gave me $21 in cash and another $21 in cash for the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen. Tim also showed me the list of other Hancock County organizations that he attempted to reach in an effort to help them as well.

I was impressed with Tim because he recognized first hand how homelessness effects Hoosiers and he asked himself, what can I do to help? This is a man without a place to call home helping others like himself. Tim could of told people that he was collecting money to help the homeless and hungry and just pocketed the money, but instead, he reached out to the Hancock Hope House and offered to help us by contributing the $21 dollars. Thank you Tim and good luck with your two year plan to walk  a crossed the state of Indiana raising awareness.

If you want to learn about Tim’s effort’s, his facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/harryhomelesshippie or check out his blog at http://www.blogster.com/harryhomelesshippie

 

Thanks (for) Giving

 

Tomorrow is a day Americans designate to give thanks for all their blessings in their lives like:  friends and family, good health, employment and so many other things they have to be thankful for.

At the Hancock Hope House, we are thankful for so many blessings and the support that we receive from the community, we are thankful for all of our hard working volunteers who fuel our operation at the WEARHOUSE thrift store, we are thankful for the people who donate clothing and other items to our thrift store that we in turn sell to the public to raise money for our homeless shelter, we are thankful for our loyal customers who support us by purchasing the items from the thrift store. We are thankful for the people who financially support the Hancock Hope House so that we can continue to provide services to the homeless.

I want to thank all of you who have spent your time, energy, money and other resources supporting the Hancock Hope House in the past. I want to encourage you to continue providing support to our organization. On our website, you now have the ability to click on the DONATE button and securely donate through PAYPAL or send a check to the Hancock Hope House, 35 East Pierson Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140 or if you prefer, stop by the Hancock Hope House and make a cash donation. Your tax deductible donation will provide support to the Hancock Hope House. Whatever method you choose, know that we are THANKFUL for you and your support.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Altruism, why do Hancock Hope House volunteers serve?

Altruism- “is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others; an individual performing an action which is at a cost to themselves (e.g., in quality of life, time, or pleasure), but benefits, either directly or indirectly, another third-party individual, without the expectation of reciprocity or compensation for that action.”

Why do people volunteer their time?  Why do people give away their hard earned resources? Why do people help others who are in need? The answer to all of these questions is different for each person you ask. As I prepare to meet the many volunteers of the Hancock Hope House tonight for our annual Thanksgiving Volunteer Appreciation dinner, I have tried to understand why our volunteers as a group spend thousands of hours per year dedicating their time, energy, resources and talents to our organization.

Our volunteers come in everyday of the week to assist us with our Thrift Store the WEARHOUSE (all the proceeds from the WEARHOUSE go directly to the homeless shelter). Some volunteers help bring in items donated to us from the community, others might sort and price those items, while some volunteers repair donated items that need some TLC before we can sell them. Finally, some volunteers cover the cash register and greet all their regular customers that come in to see what great deals we have. Many of our great volunteers have been volunteering their time for over 10 years without fail. Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village”?, well, the saying is true! The Hancock Hope House volunteers are a village of altruistic, generous people who donate, time, money, energy and talent to keep the Hancock Hope House operating so we can continue to serve the homeless.

I am thankful for the many volunteers that make up the Hancock Hope House, if you would like to surround yourself with kind, giving, selfless individuals, the Hancock Hope House might be the place for you to spend  your spare time.

 

As the temperature falls, some are left out in the cold

IMAGINE IF YOU WERE HOMELESS

 

Imagine not having a place to call “home” and all the amenities that many of us take for granted, like a roof over your head, heat, food, and running water, the basics to many people are just a dream to those without a home. Unfortunately, there are many individuals in our community that do not have a home and all those amenities that come with it. As a society, it is imperative that we not turn our backs on those people who are experiencing hard times.

Empathy is imperative in life! What if I was homeless? Where would I go? What would I do? Who would help me? When we employ empathy into our mindset, it helps us try to understand what others are going through in their life. When we are empathetic, we can mentally “walk a mile in another persons shoes”.

Only a fraction of the homeless population choose to be homeless. The majority of human beings that are homeless have experienced a myriad of things happening in their lives in a short period of time. For example, the lose of a job, family member, or health issues can create a hopeless situation in their lives that leaves them with no place to go, literally!

At the Hancock Hope House homeless shelter, we offer HOPE to people who need help and need a warm safe place to lay their head when the weather turns brutally cold. At the Hancock Hope House, we offer food to nourish their bodies. At the Hancock Hope House, we offer encouragement to individuals who need help, we help them get back on their feet.

If you do not have a good imagination and can’t fathom not having a place to call “home”, I encourage you to visit the Hancock Hope House or another homeless shelter in your community. Volunteer at a soup kitchen feeding people you don’t even know or at a food pantry. I invite you to volunteer at our thrift store the WEARHOUSE, where all donated items are sold to support the Hancock Hope House. Put your imagination into action and help others!