A creative, welcoming and diverse place for nonprofits in Indianapolis
The Indiana Interchurch Center is much more than a building. It’s a community of nonprofit organizations working to solve the most urgent challenges we face at home and abroad. The Interchurch Center provides offices where denomination administrative headquarters and nonprofits develop strategies and implementation plans. More importantly, it offers a space where these the broader community can engage in learning and conversing, service and advocacy. We invite you to visit the Interchurch Center, and participate in events that interest you.
Who are some of the members of the Interchurch Community and what do they care about?
Denominations. The Interchurch Center houses the administrative headquarters of several denomination: The United Church of Christ, Indiana-Kentucky Conference; the Christian Church in Indiana (Disciples of Christ); the Synod of Lincoln Trails (Presbyterian Church USA in Indiana and Illinois), the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis; the Whitewater Valley Presbytery; and the American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis. Other religious groups call the Center home. The St. Mary of Magdala Catholic Community is one of the few Catholic churches in the world that celebrates mass with a Womanpriest.
Health and wellness. The Minority Health Coalition of Marion County and the Indiana Rural Health Association extend health services to the most marginalized populations. Even the health of animals are addressed: Spay and Neuter Services of Indiana helps low-income families afford to spay their pets.
Undocumented immigrants. The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance is one of the state's best known groups protecting the rights of "Dreamers" and other undocumented Hoosiers.
Homeless people. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Protection (CHIP) is Central Indiana's main organization analyzing homelessness and building a blueprint to end it.
Environmental protection. Three of Indiana's leading environmental organizations call the Interchurch Center home: the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club, Earth Charter Indiana and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. The Hoosier Environmental Council offers monthly environmental advocate training at the IIC.
Opioid crisis. Overdose Lifeline has emerged as one of the country's most influential organizations fighting drug overdose.
Interfaith engagement. The Center for Interfaith Cooperation is one of the Midwest's primary groups promoting inter-religious education, dialogue and service. The Niagara Foundation organizes monthly interfaith conversations and several interfaith iftars at the Interchurch Center every Ramadan. The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana are the main groups promoting interfaith cooperation for the Jewish and Muslim communities.
Refugees in Indiana and around the world. OBAT Helpers is one of the only NGOs in the world working in the camps of the Rohingya in Bangladesh. The Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation helps Congolese refugees integrate into Hoosier society.
Civic renewal. Since January of 2016, Women4Change Indiana has become one of the state's main groups promoting greater engagement for women in politics, and helping Hoosiers more broadly become more active and effective citizens.
Human and civil rights. The Center for Interfaith Cooperation, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana defend the rights to worship of all Hoosiers. Gender Nexus advocates for the rights of trans-persons. The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance promotes the rights of undocumented immigrants. The American Friends Service Committee passionately calls for the respect of human rights of Palestinians in Gaza.
Marginalized children. In addition to defending "Dreamers," the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance raises funds for economically disadvantaged immigrants to attend college. Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) works with the families of unsighted young children. Watch Club and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation organized an intercultural Summer Youth Camp at IIC. The Waza Alliance for Quality Education provides training for teachers in the Democratic of Congo.
Food insecurity. Faith Hope and Love supports and trains missional food pantries across the city.
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Responding to the Addictions Crisis brings together Indiana University’s world-class faculty, as well as its business, nonprofit and government partners to create a comprehensive plan to reduce deaths from addiction, ease the burden of addiction on Hoosier communities, and improve health and economic outcomes. As part of IU’s Grand Challenges program, this collaborative, statewide initiative is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-led response to the opioid addiction crisis.
“It’s happening more and more,” said JCRC executive director Lindsey Mintz. ” The JCRC probably gets one or two calls a month from families who have had something in a classroom, through social media, between students.”
Indianapolis is taking its community policing initiative to a new level by involving citizens in its hiring practices. But who better, Walton asks. These men and women — from the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, the Baptist Minsters Alliance, the Jewish Community Council and the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana, to name a few — are immersed in issues of race, ethnicity, religion and gender daily.
“Nearly one third of all Jewish youth under the age of 17 had experienced anti-Semitism in the last year,” says the Council’s Lindsey Mintz. She cited a recent Indianapolis survey. Part of a national uptick in anti-Semitism including swastikas displays.
Caleb Sutton, interim executive director at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) Interim Executive Director, said he is opposed to the plan as it’s currently written.
He released a statement saying in part: “Currently, our City does not have the capacity to house individuals experiencing homelessness during the day, given the fact most shelters only open in the evening.”
An Indianapolis Star article cites a Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention representative, who states that the city doesn’t have enough shelter space. Most shelters are only open in the evening, and day shelters like Horizon House, close their doors hours before overnight shelters open. Moreover, many shelters restrict the basic rights of the homeless to sleep with their partners and families, subject the homeless to religious doctrines, refuse service to many disabled people and enforce lifestyle regulations.
“We decided to start this leadership summit because we didn’t feel like the climate conversation was happening enough,” Poyser said. “In Indiana there is not a lot of conversation publicly about climate change, and we feel like it is an urgent, essential issue to begin talking about.”
In honor of Constitution Day, 13 Indianapolis organizations distributed 1,000 pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions to the public Monday on Monument Circle.
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The first floor of the project calls for 6,100 square feet of commercial space, which TWG plans to lease to the new Indianapolis headquarters of Visually Impaired Preschool Services, which provides early intervention services for children with blindness and low vision.
Alrajabi accepted the Diamond Service Award from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention for her work as an engagement coordinator for Adult & Child Health, which provides mental health services and other programming. The award recognizes someone who has overcome homelessness and is giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
Steve Francis, chairperson of the energy committee for the Sierra Club’s Hoosier Chapter, says, “The retirement of all of NIPSCO’s coal-fired power plants by 2028 and replacement of all capacity with renewables, energy efficiency and demand management is an unprecedented commitment in Indiana to a forward-looking plan”
Citizens Action Coalition has a history of supporting clean energy and fighting utilities over rate hikes. In this case, the Sierra Club agrees with it, arguing that the project’s biggest problem is that it’s too small.
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“We learn in nonviolent communication to listen at a different level and clarify what we’re kind of observiing and how we are affected with our emotions in what we’re observing,” Phillips says. “So that we’re not speaking from an emotional space but rather a compassionate space.”
An Indiana University-led partnership is bringing training sessions to Indianapolis this week on how to administer a medication that can reverse potentially fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin.
The Sierra Club said while closing the plant will be a boost for the environment, it must be done in a responsible way.
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“When you think of people who make a difference in life, people who do not have a negative bone in their bodies, that was Shahid,” said K.P. Singh, an Indianapolis based artist and practicing Sikh who worked with Athar founding the original Interfaith Alliance. “He exuded kindness and happiness to all others.
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