Top Employers of Reentrants Meet with Class of Jobs for Life
Ian Cox, Park 100 Foods Corporate Director of Continuous Improvement, (Pictured Center) answered a question from a Jobs for Life class of parolees referred to UNITE INDY by Indiana Department of Correction. Ian was part of an Employer Panel. Each panel member shared their experience with second chance hiring, and let students know what employers expect of them as well as what they can expect from their company as an employer. This gave our JfL students the unique opportunity to learn from and interact directly with employers willing to offer second chances. Other panelists pictured are (on Ian’s left) Ethan Fernhaber, CEO of Renewing Management, and (on Ian’s right) Thom Smith, Executive Vice President of MW Cold. Not pictured is another member of the panel, Shelley Hoke, HR Director of PacMoore.
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IU Health Responds to Reported Racial Bias in Death of Patient
Joan Victoria Castor, spokesperson for IU Health talked to more than 100 participants of the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network regarding complaints made by Dr. Susan Moore who said that she received poor medical treatment as a result of racial discrimination. Dr. Moore, a physician herself, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Nov. 29 and was hospitalized at Indiana University Health North Hospital, where she said she pleaded for a CT scan and medications. Dr. Moore later died. Castor said the case was undergoing a thorough investigation.
Margret Jones Facilitates Meeting of U.S. Jobs for Life Leaders
Jim Cotterill, UNITE INDY’s Central Indiana Jobs for Life Site Leader, took part in a discussion of best practices with those who have been teaching Jobs for Life for many years. UNITE INDY started offering Jobs for Life in the beginning of 2021 with a group of parolees referred to us by Indiana Department of Correction. However, once COVID restrictions are lifted, training will take place inside detention facilities prior to inmates' release.
Jobs for Life is a Biblically-based job preparation course that has been in existence for 26 years and is currently taught in 300 cities in nine countries. Our team of more than 25 committed volunteers are training, mentoring, and praying with this first group of reentrants and are already seeing lives being changed! Here's more on Jobs for Life.
Aspire is New UNITE INDY Resource Partner
UNITE INDY Resource Partner Aspire Indiana Health offers behavioral health services including crisis, therapy, addiction recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation as well as youth and family services through a dozen offices located in Marion and surrounding counties.
Aspire has two residential addiction recovery centers that offer what they refer to as the Whole Health Recovery Continuum. Just south of downtown Indianapolis, Progress House has offered a safe residential program where, since 1961, men have recovered physically, mentally, and spiritually with a strong support system. Aspire’s new residential facility in Anderson, IN, Mockingbird Hill Recovery Center, offers on site behavioral healthcare, Medication Assisted Treatment, individual case management, and peer support groups. In addition, Aspire offers outpatient mental health, deaf services, housing assistance, veteran’s programs, and more. Visit Aspire.
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Why Support UNITE INDY?
UNITE INDY fights the root cause of poverty, which impacts many of the other major problems we face in our city.
In addition to a major effort to work with the 12,000 inmates reentering our area after incarceration (above) we are working to improve employment in our poorest neighborhoods.

How You Can Support Jobs for Justice- Involved Individuals
3. Become a Member - Your tax deductible gift will buy either 5 Student Workbooks for a class or 10 meals for students, their mentors, and instructors to gather around a table before each class, sharing food, transforming the moment into something more unique by creating a sense of community, which strengthens the relationship building process. 
Support of Ministries and Charities:
Since 2017 UNITE INDY has provided a free web-based system at that connects churches, their time or gifts of needed items. UNITE INDY also provides the manpower necessary to assist smaller organizations—that have no one to upload needed items—the help they require to access this service. Through this portal, UNITE INDY has brought thousands of dollars worth of needed goods into the hands of those who assist the poor.

Serving the Servants:
UNITE INDY comes behind urban pastors and ministry leaders by addressing personal and professional needs with free services for those who work tirelessly in their neighborhoods to care for the needy and bereft. 

Remember, almost 1 out of every 3 children in Indianapolis lives below the poverty level, yet even in the aftermath of the shut down, as our economy comes back to life and employment is returning, all this good news stops at the lines surrounding many of our inner city neighborhoods. In some neighborhoods of Marion County unemployment is now 21%, and poverty remains the overwhelming divider of people.

Please donate to UNITE INDY now. There are a number of choices that are all secure and safe. By sending your fully tax deductible gift* now we can have a greater impact meeting needs in our community in 2021.

Many, many thanks!

 *UNITE INDY, Inc. is approved under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) as a Public Charity, donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170.
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