Habitat For Humanity
Build season is here!
Click here to hear Rev. Chris Henry and Jim Morris of Habitat discuss housing issues.
Home is very basic to who we are. It’s a place of security. A place of retreat and retrenching. A place to claim as our own, with all its quirks and familiarities, unique in all the world.
Being without a home impacts nearly every aspect of what we think of as basic to family. For families living on the margins and in cycles of poverty, being without a home is a very real and constant threat.
We don’t have to look far in the Bible to know that God understands our drive and desire for home. God led the displaced Israelites through the desert to achieve their hearts’ desire of a permanent home. God wants for all people to have a place of safety and security. “Then my people will live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places,” says Isaiah 32:18.
Every child deserves a place they can call home. Our congregation offers many ways you can reach out to neighbors to help them find the security and peace of home.
If you would like to financially support our "HOME" ministries, please select "Home" in the drop-down menu on our E-giving page.
If you would like to explore how to share your gifts with our mission partners, please contact Rev. David Berry.
In June 2022, Rev. Chris Henry sat down with Jim Morris, president and CEO of Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to discuss housing issues in our city. Listen in to their conversation:
SIgn up to help with the Second 2022 build dates on Friday, November 11.
Curious about how the build day will go? Get all the details here.
Greater Indy Habitat brings people together people to provide safe, affordable housing for families in our community. This summer Second is part of a multiple home build in the Riverside neighborhood of Indianapolis.
If you are part of a group that would like to volunteer together, please sign up using the link above or contact Amy Donhardt at Habitat to arrange a work day.
For more than 35 years, Second has partnered with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to sponsor an annual interfaith build and participate in other Habitat activities throughout the year.
Greater Indy Habitat asks all volunteers to follow their guidelines to promote safety.
Watch this video to learn more about Second's decades-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
If you would like to contribute to this important work in our community, please designate "Habitat for Humanity" in your donation to Second.
Family Promise works to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis with an Apartment Shelter Program, Diversion Program, and AfterCare.
Formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), Family Promise works to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis. The Apartment Shelter Program has expanded to house 24 families, and the Diversion Program works with 20 families at a time. In addition, the AfterCare program provides follow-up case management and workshops for two years after clients secure housing.
Second Presbyterian Church was the title sponsor of the 23rd annual Home Sweet Home event in September 2022. Sponsorships, the silent auction, dessert auction, wine pull, and tickets sales brought in net proceeds of approximately $123,606, enabling Family Promise to say "Yes, we can help" to many more families in the coming months.
Rev. David Berry
NeighborLink Indianapolis is a nonprofit serving Marion County providing free home repairs and services to neighbors who are low-income homeowners-seniors or disabled- living at or below 150% of the federal poverty line. Its mission is to help our most vulnerable citizens age in place safely and with dignity. Since it began in late 2013, NeighborLink has provided more than 2,000 home repairs.
Volunteer opportunities are flexible, great for groups, generally in three-hour segments and do not require any skill--just a heart to serve. Minimum volunteer age is 12 years old (with adult supervision), so there are opportunities for families with children 12 or older to participate together. Several groups within Second, including youth and young adults, have already volunteered with NeighborLink.
NeighborLink has a collaborative relationship with SAWs as NeighborLink does not build ramps.
NeighborLink Indianapolis is one of the new local mission partners identified by the Task Force on Local Partnership Ministries in 2020. The task force was established to consider new opportunities for mission work in our local community, Washington Township, and to consider ways to adapt existing mission projects so that they focus more directly on our local community.
SAWs Ramp Building
Help build a ramp and change a life!
Volunteer opportunities are available for ramp builds. No experience or tools are required! SAWs will provide the leadership and the materials. We just ask that you are willing to learn and serve others. Youth age 12 and up are welcome to volunteer with a parent/guardian. This is the perfect service project for a family with older children.
Volunteer opportunities are posted each month online at SAWSRamps.volunteerhub.com. They are available on a first come, first serve basis and are open to anyone interested.
SAWs© is a nonprofit, volunteer organization founded in 2003. Originally started in Indianapolis, our organization serves clients across Indiana, as well as Arizona and Virginia. We specialize in building wooden wheelchair ramps for low-income, permanently disabled individuals. With the support of our donors and volunteers, lives are changed one ramp at a time, and, in less than six hours, we transform a client’s life FOREVER.
Northside Mission Ministry
Utility and Rent Assistance
The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) partners with the Fay Bicard Glick Community Center and the Washington Township Trustee Office to offer emergency financial intervention. In these “gap” situations, a little assistance goes a long way, often preventing a family from losing their housing or having their power shut off. Our partners provide vital case management with URAP families to ensure long term stability.
Northside Ministry cares for the poor and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.
Check out this profile of Northside Mission Ministries in Responsive Congregations, a publication of the Project on Religion and Urban Culture 2.0, a joint initiative of the Polis Center and IU School of Liberal Arts. You'll see how the Holy Spirit has moved within our congregation to shape this vital ministry "To create transformational change in the place that Second Church has called home for nearly two centuries, among people who—members or not—belong to its community."
Located on the northeast corner of Second Presbyterian Church, Northside Food Pantry is open to Washington Township residents on the following days:
If you would like to help at the pantry, please sign up online. We are limited to ten volunteers per shift, so we are managing our volunteers closely with SignUpGenius. In addition to food pantry hours, volunteers are needed to unload deliveries and stock shelves.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Lisa Enright.
Providing shelter for vulnerable children and their families in western Kenya
Umoja Partnership works with orphaned and vulnerable children in western Kenya. When a beneficiary's family needs shelter, the community gathers to build a semi-permanent home with a tin roof, wood frame, and mud walls made from clay made onsite.
For more than fourteen years, members of Second have joined with other faith groups in Indianapolis to support the work of the Umoja Partnership in western Kenya. The Kenyan staff provides food, shelter, empowerment programs, and education fees for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Second is a founding member of Umoja Partnership, an interfaith organization dedicated to transforming communities one child at a time. Formerly known as Global Interfaith Partnership, Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. You can learn more at UmojaPartnership.org.