February 28, 2023
Expanding the mission without bricks and mortar
Raphael Health Center meets community’s growing health needs through strategic partnerships
by Shari Finnell, editor/writer, Not-for-profit News

On a day-to-day basis, the staff at Raphael Health Center gets an intimate look at the challenges facing residents impacted by social determinants of health — the conditions and environments that can contribute to disproportionately higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, infant mortality, and other health risks. The center, located at 401 E. 34th St., is in the heart of a neighborhood with a median income of $56,563 — significantly lower than the national median income of $69,021.

In recent years, the nonprofit comprehensive care facility which focuses on providing care to underinsured and uninsured households, has seen medical needs significantly increase within the community it serves, according to Sherry Gray, Raphael Health Center's CEO, and Lauren Scharenbrock, project manager of a new strategic partnership, 34th and Beyond.

Gray, along with other members of the Raphael team, recently announced the launch of the initiative, which will provide medical services to an increasing number of patients without expanding the medical facility.

“We’ve been looking at our building and looking at the needs in our community, and we’re seeing a disconnect,” Scharenbrock said. “There’s a lot going on in a small space. We can only serve so many people in this location. We only have so many rooms, we only have so much space, and we have used every last inch of it.”

Instead of focusing on plans to expand its current building or developing a new medical center, the Raphael team looked at its partners as a way to provide medical, behavioral health, optometry, and dental care to individuals and families more cost effectively.

Through a pilot program with Salvation Army’s mental recovery house, the center will focus on sending medical providers to various partner sites one day or two days a week to meet patients where they’re at, Scharenbrock said.

According to Jesse Links, manager of rehabilitation services for the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, 711 E. Washington St., the 34th and Beyond initiative has already produced results.

Committed to the community: An ICONic program
by Jeffrey Harrison, president and CEO, Citizens Energy Group

Throughout the course of our 135-year history, Citizens Energy Group’s top priority has been to provide safe and reliable utility services to the residents and communities of Central Indiana. Over the years, this commitment has evolved into further supporting the betterment of the communities we serve.

In this spirit, Citizens created the Investment Collaboration On Neighborhoods (ICON) program in 1995 as a nonprofit organization to support redevelopment through public-private partnerships and nonprofit loans.

ICON offers loans with 4 percent simple interest to eligible partners and prioritizes small start-up projects with loan applications of up to $300,000 where expected program outcomes can be met within 24 months. Loans are intended to be paid off within 24 months, with no penalties for early repayment or early payoff due to sale of the property or project.

Since the creation of the program, Citizens has loaned more than $5 million in low-interest loans to local partners to support small neighborhood projects. We’ve seen success particularly when partnering with organizations working on affordable housing or neighborhood revitalization initiatives.

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Noble Inc. has hired Wade Wingler as president and CEO. Wingler currently serves as vice president of programs at Easterseals Crossroads in Indy. — Leadership search conducted by Charitable Advisors
Jameson Camp has named David Ramsey as executive director. Ramsey previously was executive director of Waycross Camp and Conference Center.
The Hoosier Girl Coalition has hired Mackenzie Pickerrell as executive director. Pickerrell previously was vice president at Girls, Inc.
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance has named Logan Campbell as operations manager. Campbell previously was director of operations at Onya, a marketing agency.
United Way of Central Indiana is awarding grants of up to $10,000 to as many as 25 HR professionals as part of its Human Services Professional Renewal Program. The funds can be used for programs that help the recipients regenerate and reinvigorate themselves. See guidelines. Candidates must attend info session on April 13 or April 17. The deadline for applications is May 12.

Sixteen selected leaders of the 2023 Black Changemakers program, which was designed to uplift Black community leaders, will receive a $50,000 grant, training with Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and fundraising software, and coaching from Network for Good. Grants were awarded by PepsiCo Foundation and Doritos SOLID BLACK. Read more

Heartland Film has named it new event center the Frank and Katrina Basile Event Center in recognition of the donors’ generous gift to the Heartland Film Building Fund. The facility is located at 8950 Otis Ave. in Lawrence, Learn more

YouthBuild Indy is offering an 18-week training for Marion County residents ages 18-24 who are seeking opportunities for construction training or are interested in earning their HSE/GED while being paid. Learn more

The Indiana Local News Initiative has announced its launch as a not-for-profit media organization planning to create newsrooms in Indianapolis and Gary. With more than $10 million raised, the initiatives intends to report nonpartisan information at no cost to its audience. Learn more
Introduction to donor advised funds webinar on March 8 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Discover why donor advised funds (DAFs) are critical in the community foundation toolbox. Attendees will learn DAF basics and gain insights into this valuable grantmaking tool's legal and financial parameters. Presented by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. Cost: Free IPA members/ $50 non-members. Register

IU McKinney Law is hosting a virtual Juris Doctor information session on March 13 from noon-1 p.m. for those interested in applying to start law school in the fall of 2023. The one-hour session outlines the steps in the application process. Register

Executive leadership: People and culture panel discussion on March 14 at noon-1:30 p.m. at 2955 N. Meridian St., Ruth Lilly Conference Room (2nd floor). Enhance your knowledge on how to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice throughout your organizational operations. Presented by United Way of Central Indiana. Cost: Free. Register

2023 State of the nonprofit sector report webinar on March 15 at 11 a.m. Take a deeper look at the five main areas of a nonprofit — finances, operations, programs, staffing, and governance — and examine how nonprofits are meeting urgent needs while adjusting to persisting global crises. Presented by FORVIS. Cost: Free. Register

2023 MS Office software refresher series starts March 17. Six course series to learn skills in Powerpoint, Excel and Word. Presented by IUPUI Professional Development & Continuing Education. Cost: $450 (10% discount for whole series) or $45 per class. Register

Executive leadership: Building effective teams virtual workshop on March 21 from noon-1:30 p.m. Gain a deeper understanding of best practices for staff retention and development. Presented by Nonprofit Learning Center at UWCI. Cost: Free. Register
VISTA projects throughout Indiana are looking for more members. To check out open member positions which include opportunities like helping to mitigate food insecurity, working to address pressing climate challenges, and helping students recover from COVID learning loss. Learn more and apply
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