Don Hawkins started working with Joyce & Charlie Yant and formed Hands of Hope Ministries in 2000, who was serving the Homeless every Saturday morning in downtown Indy. In 2002 he started working as a volunteer with Indiana's Prisons, Work Release Centers, Community Corrections Corp., GEO, Liberty Hall, Jails, Inmates, and ex-offenders. He was also on several DOC Community Advisory Boards. He participated in numerous prison ministries, clothes drives, electronics drives, mentoring, etc. He then formed Homeless & ReEntry Helpers (HRH) in 2006 and incorporated it in 2008. He founded Helpers Helping Others Outreach Team (HHOOT) in 2011 and has been serving/helping Indy's Homeless, ExOffenders & Veterans since then. In 2011 HRH-HHOOT partnered with the Mayors' Advisory Council for Veterans (MACV) to help with the Mayor's first "Veterans Appreciation Day" event at the American Legion Mall. In 2014 Veterans Support Council, Inc. (VSC) was incorporated. HRH was VSC's second Partner (MACV was the first). Since then, HRH-HHOOT & VSC have shared and maintained offices and warehouse space to help those in need, including Indy's Veterans, Military, and their families. HHOOT's Distribution Center (HDC) was incorporated on the 11th of September 2019.
Below are pictures of our warehouse and just some of the many partners, donors, helpers, volunteers, and ministries that help HRH & VSC serve those in immediate need through HHOOT's Distribution Center (HDC).
Southport Key Club - backpacks for seniors & the homeless
Downtown Indy on the Circle - clothing & food drive to help Indy's homeless
Welcome, Home Vietnam - First delivery of The "Gift."
DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution events
(Revised 14Dec21 at 1655)
Partners & Providers:
AL - American Legion Post #3
AL - American Legion Post #34
AL - American Legion Post #64
AL - American Legion Post #276
AL - American Legion Post #360
AL - American Legion Post #497
AL - American Legion Post #500
AL - American Legion Post #510
AVSC - American Veteran Services
Brown Bag Ministries - Street Outreach
Brownsburg Blessing Boxes
Hendricks County Family Promise
Cords of Love
Single Parent Commission
Roberts Park UMS - feeding the homeless
Peyton Manning's Children's Hospital
Wheeler Women's Mission - personal care items
Crane House - personal care items
Seeds of Hope, Inc.
Speedway Shark Plugs - Swim Team, snacks for their meets
Changing Footprints - South
City Life - Central Indiana Youth For Christ
Cornerstone Luthern Church
Country Side Nursing Homes
Crane House for Women
David Moore Pantry
DAV - Disabled American Veterans - Greenwood
Dove Recovery House for Women
FIDO - Pet Food Pantry
Fletcher Place Community Center
Food4Soul – Street Outreach
Gails Thrift Store
Glory Baptist Church
Good News Mission
Habitat for Humanity - Work Crews
HDM Helping Hands
Helping Heroes of America
Horizon House - Day Center
HVAF - Hoosier Veterans and Families
Partners & Providers (cont.):
IFD - Fire Houses
IMPD - District Neighborhood Offices
Indiana Army National Guard
Indiana Legal Services
Indy Vet House
Irreverent Warriors - Indiana
IUPUI Ofice of Military & Veterans Personnel
Julian Center for Women
Lady of Lords Cub Scout Pack
MWF Enterprise - Heroes Without A Home
Mt Olive Baptist Church
Near East Side Troopers Youth Center
Nest Christian Youth Center
NGAI - National Guard Association of Indiana
Officer David Moore Food Pantry
Old Bethel Food Pantry
Our Mission is to Win Souls
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
Onyx Team - Street Outreach
Pathway to Recovery
Power of God Ministries
Pride Academy Child Care
Queen of Peach
Servant's Heart – Street Outreach
Shallow Dream Builders
Shepherd Community Center
Sister Soldier Network
SOCS - So Others Can Survive
Southeastern Community Center
SAA - Grace Church
St Vincent de Paul
Third Phase Women’s Shelter
Union Auto Worker #933
Vet to Vet
VFW - District 10
VFW - Post #98
VFW - Post #261
VFW - Post #1587
VFW - Post #2587
VFW - Post #2839
VFW - Post #7119
VFW - Post #10003
VFW - Post #5864
VOA - Volunteers of America
VOA Holms Ave
VOA E 10th St
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
Wheeler Mission - Men-on Delaware
Wheeler Mission - Men-on Ohio
Wheeler Mission - Women-on Michigan
Above is a partial list of organizations and agencies that HRH, HHOOT & VSC have been working with for years in one way or another. We all share what we get so nothing goes to waste from the donations we collectively receive from our suppliers, vendors and donors.
Paul (Ponytail) Cauley & G.G. Bedwell In Memoriam of Mark Cauley
American Legion Post #64
Below are earlier pictures from HRH & HHOOT's old Warehouse & HHOOT's Diner.
HRH & HHOOT served hot meals (averaging from 75 to 110 people, 7 days a week from 3-6 PM) plus handed out clothing, and personal hygiene items to our homeless friends for over ten years at our old location on E. Michigan St. before we lost our lease in the Spring of 2017.
In the Summer of 2017, we moved to our new 6,500 sqft warehouse at 2457 E. Washington St. where we continued the clothing and personal hygiene giveaway program. A few months later we added services that offered Veterans organizations, street ministries and professional agencies, with water, sodas, Gatorade, chips, snacks, non-perishable food items, and other things they could distribute to our homeless friends and others in need.
New - dial 988 - By dialing 988 your call will be immediately routed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) is always available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally.,
If you or someone you are helping is hurt or in imminent danger, please get to a phone and dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or facing a crisis, dial 2-1-1 in Indy or 1-(866) 211-9966 for immediate help.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, dial 1-(800) 332-7385 in Indy for help.
If you are a Veteran, or a family member of a Veteran, in search of information on how to get goods or services you/they may need, you can dial 2-1-1or contact one of the Service Providers or Veterans Organizations listed on our "Resources" page.
Cellphone users in Marion County may now dial 3-1-1 to reach the non-emergency line for IMPD and other Marion County dispatchers. The non-emergency phone number for callers using landlines is (317) 327-3811.
VSC is not a provider of any financial assistance or direct services other than Information and Referrals on where to get goods, services, programs, and benefits for Veterans, the Military, and their families.
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