Trinity Haven was selected by the membership of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis as one of our 2018 Change-Makers. Our $100,000 grant was directed to the rehabbing of a family-like facility for LGBTQ youth who are homeless. Trinity Haven will be the first of these facilities in Indiana.
On December 10, members of the Family FAC and I had the opportunity to tour the facility and to receive an update on what had occurred since June. Before the tour, we were delighted to learn that the entryway to the home is being named in our honor – The Impact 100 Entry Way. A plaque hanging in the entryway expresses their gratitude to the women of Impact 100 “whose love and support opened the door.”
According to the leadership of Trinity Haven, our grant impacted them in three ways: First, our grant impacted their ability to open their door to LGBTQ youth. Second, our grant opened the doors to other funding. For example, Trinity Haven recently was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment for capital expenditures. Lilly Endowment told Trinity Haven to apply for the grant only after the Impact 100 grant. Third, our grant has opened doors to support and awareness in the community.
Trinity Haven plans to open by July 1, 2019 and to take in 10 youth initially. However, the opening date is dependent on approval of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). It is anticipated that the financial support for 5 of the youth will come from DCS, with the balance coming from private sources.
Since the June award, Trinity Haven has received its 501 (c) (3) letter from the IRS.
The facility is very spacious – 5000 square feet. In addition to bedrooms, the home has space for staff offices, counseling rooms, study areas, and recreational activities. The lot on which the house sits includes fenced in areas and parking. The home is in a great location – near many service providers for the residents.
Detail was provided about the uses of the Impact 100 $100,000 grant. It was clear that our funds will be used to help youth in the facility live safely.
Everyone representing Impact 100 was very pleased with the facility and the progress that is being made.
Submitted by Terry A.M. Mumford, President.