Redemption House partners with a variety of organizations and agencies. Here are a few.
Walking Home is an annual fundraiser to help support a coalition of ten agencies working to end homelessness. Redemption House is part of the coalition, though it doesn’t specifically deal with homelessness.
Each year, about 300 people participate in the walk, which begins and ends at Headwaters Park. The event is designed to raise awareness about homeless in our area and raise money for local agencies. In addition to the walk, the event includes food and other activities.
Educational Opportunity Center
The Educational Opportunity Center, located on South Wayne Street, offers many services for people who want to begin or continue their education. It offers free educational, career, and college assistance so people can attend any school they choose. This is an excellent resource for Redemption House.
Blue Jacket Career Academy
Blue Jacket works with ex offenders, helping them get a second chance. Persons who graduate from their four-week program have a 66% employment rate within three months of graduating. Only 9% of the graduates with a criminal background return to crime.
Blue Jacket’s Career Academy is a four-week, 60-hour training program for adults who face barriers to employment, like a criminal background. It offers, among other things, job preparedness, transitional jobs, job placement, vocational training, interest assessments, and personal and professional development. It even offers a clothing bank so people can look the part in a professional setting.
We collaborate with HEAL–Healthy Eating, Active Living. It’s a partnership between the St. Joe Community Health Foundation and the Parkview Foundation. They run an urban garden on a three-acre plot of ground. We provide sweat-equity, sending volunteers every Friday from April to October. Women attend classes there, learning skills they can apply to the garden at Redemption House.
Brown Mackie College
Brown Mackie College provides interns to work for a period of time as staff at Redemption House.
The local Ivy Tech Community College provides interns to work for a period of time as staff at Redemption House.
Lifeline Youth and Family Services
Lifeline is about lasting change–“changing hearts and bringing hope to a generation at risk”—not just for a time, but for a lifetime. Lifeline equips children and families to make the changes necessary for them to succeed in life.
Department of Children’s Services