Hope Center Earns Nation of Neighbors Grant

INDIANAPOLIS — The International Labor Organization estimates there are 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally. The newly opened Hope Center Indy, located at the former Marion County Home at US 52 and Carroll Road on the southeast side, is an after-care refuge for women who have been rescued from sex trafficking in the U.S. — with eventual plans to treat women from around the globe.
In August, Hope Center Indy opened its 140,000 square foot center to serve approximately 160 women. A new grant will help establish a unique trauma recovery program utilizing art therapy and dance. At a check presentation on October 4, Hope Center Indy received a national $5,000 Nation of Neighbors grant from Royal Neighbors of America, one of the largest women-led life insurers in the nation. The local Royal Neighbors chapter also presented a surprise check to the Center. Chapter members held a dinner/bake sale fund-raiser, earning $1,263. Royal Neighbors “matched” $1,000 bringing the total donation to $2,263.
Hope Center Indy Program Director, Suzanne Bautista, says healing through art trauma therapy will be a new addition to programming. “We are a supportive residential program offering mental health, vocational skills, and support groups. Healing through art, painting, and praise dancing can help our residents recover emotionally from their traumatic experiences.” Hope Center Indy is privately funded through 46 churches and is supported by 1,200 volunteers.
It costs approximately $1,500 a month for services for one rescued woman to receive food, shelter, mental health services, education, and other assistance. The Hope Center offers a one year program to women ages 18-30 throughout the U.S.
The Hope Center also has an online boutique, Redefined Hope, with proceeds going to support their mission (hours vary. visit their Facebook page for updates). In addition, they are always seeking volunters (must be at least 18 years old) and welcome organizations. For more information about the Hope Center, visit www.hopecenterindy.com or call 317-661-1670.