Our Inaugural Fight Night poster (designed by a PH resident)
Over the past few years, Progress House staff have looked for various strategies to help meet the growing need for services for those lacking financial resources or insurance that will reimburse those services.
In an effort to expand fundraising efforts, staff hoped to create an event that would not only bring awareness to the mission of the PH, but would also provide an atmosphere that community supporters would enjoy.
Our first annual Fight Night Nov. 5 at the Indianapolis Colts Complex emerged as that effort.
Progress House staff met with the president of the Indiana Golden Gloves, Keith Boggs, and decided to establish a partnership with the help of the Colts.
Set for Tuesday, Nov. 5th from 7-9pm, the event will feature 10 Golden Gloves bouts and will be held at the Indianapolis Colts Complex located at 7001 West 56th Street in Indianapolis. Tickets purchases can be made for $50 at http://bit.ly/PHFightNight and will include the cost of the event, along with food catered by Jonathan Byrds.
Chapman Heating and Air Conditioning has pledged support of the Progress House by being a Diamond Sponsor for 2013 Inaugral Fight Night. The Progress House would like to thank Jeff Chapman and Chapman Heating and Air Conditioning for helping to support the mission of our organization.
The Progress House has been awarded over 15 thousand dollars in tax credits from the Neighborhood Assistance Program. The Neighborhood Assistance Program helps fund projects including affordable housing, counseling, child-care, educational assistance, emergency assistance, job training, medical care, recreational facilities, downtown rehabilitation, and neighborhood commercial revitalization. All projects must benefit economically disadvantaged areas and/or persons. The Neighborhood Assistance Program is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Association.
Tax credits are a great way for individuals to maximize their donations. For every 100 dollars donated to the Progress House under this program, the donor will receive $50 in tax credits that they can use towards their 2012 taxes. The money donated will go towards the Progress House ‘Sponsor Hope’ Program, which is a scholarship program structured to help those that are financially unable to afford services. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tadd Whallon at email@example.com
Starting Saturday March, 2, 2013 at 2:00pm there will be an AL-Anon meeting every Saturday at the Progress House. Call us at 637.9816 for more information.
The Progress House is proud to partner with the Golden Gloves Association to bring you Fight Night. The event, which will be held at the Indianapolis Colts Complex promises to offer both a unique and exciting opportunity to help those in need.
On November 5, the Progress House will be having it’s inaugural Fight Night fundraiser. This event will feature 10-12 Golden Glove bouts at the Indianapolis Colts Complex. Tickets to Fight Night are limited, so get yours today at http://progresshouse.ticketleap.com/fight-night/
Tickets are $50, which covers the cost of the event and food catered by Jonathan Byrds. Food will include the following:
BBQ Pulled Pork Slider
Buffalo Chicken Slider
Slider Buns, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Hot Sauce
Tortilla Chips, Warm Cheese Sauce, Salsa, Sliced Jalapenos
Mini Deep Dish Pizza Appetizer Station
Assortment of Cheese Pizza & Pepperoni Pizza (per 40 mini pizzas)
Fried Food Station
Mozzerella Cheese Sticks with marinara dipping sauce
Mini Corn Dogs with honey mustard dipping sauce
Fried Green Beans with ranch dipping sauce
Assorted Cookies, Brownies, and Cupcakes (Vanilla and Chocolate)
I was privileged today to sit down for a wonderful meal with friends, prepared in part by three Progress House residents who are enrolled in Second Helpings Culinary Arts Training Program, 70th Line Cooking Class Demonstration. For years Second Helpings and Progress House have worked together in a truly symbiotic relationship by helping to eliminate hunger and empowering people to live productive lives free from addiction.
Second Helpings transforms lives through the power of food. They rescue prepared and perishable food by working with partners in the food service industry—distributors, caterers, restaurants, grocers, and others—to safely and efficiently collect surplus and perishable food that was headed for the landfill. Second Helpings then prepares it into nutritious meals and distribute those meals to more than 60 social services organizations that feed hungry people. They also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source.
The Second Helpings “campus” is located within walking distance from Progress House. For many years now, men living at Progress House who are unemployed will volunteer their time and energy working several hours each morning by helping to pick up or distribute food, or they perform other chores such as helping to sweep and mop the floors of their facility. In return, Second Helpings supplies Progress House with some of its food surpluses for use in our own kitchen.
Many Progress House residents are unemployed when they come to us for help with their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Once they gain a foothold in their recovery, they begin to realize that there is hope for them; that their lives have meaning, and they can accomplish just about anything that they really want–like anyone else–through dedication, hard work, and a little help along the way. Three current Progress House residents are finding hope, and realizing a dream after being accepted into Second Helpings Culinary Arts Training Program.
As a result of grants from the Indianapolis Community Crime Prevention Program, the Indianapolis Housing Trust Fund, and from private donations to Progress House, we can house, feed and and otherwise support these men as they attend classes at Second Helpings 5 days a week from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. All of the men will graduate later this month, with credits that are transferable to IVY Tech, and some who have demonstrated enough skill and desire to be offered employment with some of the Indianapolis area’s finest restaurants. For more information about Second Helpings, visit www.secondhelpings.org.–Paul Bryan
Progress House was recently awarded grants to support our operations from two Marion County based organizations.
The REALTOR Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board Of Realtors (MIBOR), ”exists to to serve the philanthropic needs of those interested in solving homelessness in central Indiana.” The REALTOR Foundation presented Progress House with a $5,000 check on January 9, 2013. The money from this grant will be used to provide critical supportive housing services at Progress House for homeless adult males seeking help with their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. This funding is crucial for Progress House to continue to offer housing and addiction recovery services for a particularly vulnerable population.
Drug Free Marion County, Inc. which is a not for profit organization, plans, promotes, implements and coordinates community efforts to prevent and reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth and adults. Progress House was notified in January, 2013 that we will receive funding for a pilot demonstration project known as “Next Step”. This grant will be used to partially cover housing costs and support a “Recovery Coach” to assist Progress House residents who successfully exit our program and are ready to transition back into the community as responsible, financially self-sufficient individuals.
Progress House is eternally grateful for the support that we have received from these two organizations!
“…Twelve years ago next month my son, Gabriel M. walked through the doors of Progress House and began a new life in recovery at the age of 22. Outwardly, Progress House then was nothing like its large and lovely present facility, but at its inner core it was the same: a special place where residents could be helped to turn their lives around. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the friendship, guidance, and support that Gabriel received at Progress House…” Jill M. South Glastonbury, CT
Progress House, Inc. was recently notified of two grant awards designed to help us in 2013. Drug Free Marion County and the REALTOR Foundation announced awards of $15,000 and $5,000 respectively.
The Drug Free Community Fund award will be used to partially fund a Recovery Coach to work with participants in Progress House’s “Next Step Project” for up to 1 year following their exit from our program. This project is designed to help Progress House residents transition smoothly back into their communities after successfully living at Progress House for at least 6 months.
The REALTOR Foundation award will cover the cost of housing homeless men seeking recovery assistance for up to 4 weeks as they learn to live in sobriety and seek employment or employment training through Progress House and some of our partners.
On behalf of all of the staff, residents, and Board of Directors, Progress House is forever grateful for the support for these programs from Drug Free Marion County, and the REALTOR Foundation. We look forward to working with both organizations in 2013!
Because of you, next week we begin our 52nd year of continuous service! Thanks to you, and others like you, in 2012 more than 250 men were given the opportunity to turn their lives around for a life free from alcohol and drugs. While on their road to recovery at Progress House, your love and support allows many of these previously unemployed and unemployable men to discover that their lives indeed have meaning; that their actions can have positive results; that they will find employment or go back to school. These men discover the importance of learning to stay sober, before attempting to clear the wreckage of their past. With your help, some of these men demonstrate that there is hope for the newcomer just arriving at Progress House, as they begin new careers, reunite with their families and establish themselves as someone others can count on. The men who are successful in taking what they have learned at Progress House are serious about becoming responsible for themselves, and they are finding that they can accomplish much more than they or their family, friends and employers would have dreamed possible less than one or two years ago.
Your support means that Progress House now has a computer lab for residents to practice some of the skills learned in weekend classes that some of you—as volunteers—offer on your weekends. This spirit of volunteerism; of giving more of yourself and asking for less from others is one of the core principles that we try to inspire among the men here before they leave. As I write this letter, 3 current Progress House residents have been accepted into the Culinary Arts training program offered by one of our community partners, Second Helpings. All three of these men came to Progress House with almost nothing. They learned of the value and the personal power that comes through volunteering to help others. They learned this by volunteering at Second Helpings every morning, looking for a job to support themselves in the afternoon, and followed the advice and guidance that was offered to them by a caring and professional staff.
Your support allows us to feed, house, clothe, and provide the supportive services they needed to begin their journey in sobriety. Your money and support will continue to help the men in their time of desperate need. It requires $207 per week to support each man living at Progress House.
However, without the financial support from people like you, Progress House could not provide the level of service and assistance that many of our residents need.
For more than 50 years Progress House has provided a supportive housing program for the man who is serious about recovering from alcohol and drug addiction—often after everyone else gives up hope for his success. Ideally, every person admitted into Progress House will be employed, and can pay $170 per week for his room and board (this covers about 80%). But we both know that’s not what happens.
Through temporary scholarships, we offer him the vital lifeline that everyone needs if they or someone they care about finds himself in one of these situations. We cannot offer this lifeline without philanthropic support from you. Although many local foundations including the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation, Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation, The 24 Group, and the Realtor® Foundation have generously supported our scholarship programs, nearly all of them have or will in the future expect a matching commitment from individual donors. That is why the primary support base for Progress House will always come from the heart and soul of the community itself. That is why I am asking you to reaffirm your financial commitment to our mission.
Besides housing scholarships, another immediate need that we have is to replace the aging Progress House passenger van. The van is used to transport residents to 12 step recovery meetings, doctors appointments, court hearings, and just about anywhere else that is beyond walking distance or inaccessible through the Indianapolis IndyGo bus system. Every new donation toward the van replacement will be matched dollar for dollar up to $12,000 by the Indianapolis Foundation, which is an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Fund.
From the bottom of my heart, and from all of us at Progress House, thank you for your past support. We hope that you will continue to support us now and in the future. Please take a moment to consider donating to us in this end of the year appeal. For further information about how you may be able to support Progress House, Inc. please contact Paul Bryan at 317-637-9816 or firstname.lastname@example.org .