Saturday, February 27, 2010


Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Pacers coach Jim O’Brien and representatives from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) announced today the upcoming 2010 Indy Homeless Connect, which will serve hundreds of homeless individuals and families.

Mayor Ballard, Coach O’Brien and members from CHIP also asked the community to volunteer and donate money for this day-long event. Mayor Ballard and his wife Winnie, and Indiana Pacers head coach Jim O’Brien and his wife Sharon will serve as the honorary co-chairs for the second year.

“Indianapolis is full of compassionate people who come together to pick up their neighbors and help those who truly need it most,” said Mayor Ballard. “By volunteering and donating money through Indy Homeless Connect, we can empower and encourage our homeless neighbors to seek the services they need.”

Indy Homeless Connect is a one-day event that offers dozens of core services to homeless clients such as acute medical care, food, mental health counseling, legal advice, employment guidance, and housing assistance – all under one roof. Indy Homeless Connect also provides non-essential “extra care” services, like free phone calls, books, and haircuts.

“My wife Sharon and I believe it is unacceptable for individuals and families to live without homes,” said O’Brien. “Indy Homeless Connect is a place where lives can change and we are committed to making it a success for our community and homeless neighbors.”

The 2010 Indy Homeless Connect will take place Tuesday, March 23 at the Indiana Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

About Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention:

The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis (CHIP) is a focal point and a resource for service providers and the lead entity for implementing the Blueprint to End Homelessness. For a listing of local service providers, or to learn more about volunteering or donating money to Indy Homeless Connect, individuals can contact CHIP directly

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