Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Horizon House

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Helping Homeless Neighbors in Indy

For over 25 years, Horizon House has been serving homeless neighbors in Indianapolis.  You may have passed us on East Washington Street without even know it. Located at 1033 E. Washington St. we are a non-profit agency serving as a day shelter for homeless neighbors. We provide basic services & case management, employment training, street outreach and in-house collaborative partners – Eskenazi Health and Indiana Legal Services. For the dignity & respect of those we serve, we are a non-descript building. In addition, we are a secular agency to help all homeless neighbors with varying religious beliefs. Our aim is to help neighbors overcome barriers to end their homelessness.  This starts with treating all with hospitality, dignity and respect.

We welcome all homeless neighbors – last year we served nearly 3,000 neighbors. Starting with an orientation, we inform neighbors of all the services available – access to showers, restrooms, laundry facility, local phone calls, mail delivery, food, & clothing. From here, neighbors meet with a case manager to uncover other barriers they may need assistance with overcoming. We then refer neighbors to our medical and mental health in-house clinic, to legal services with ILS, our employment training weekly class, addiction services and many more.

Upgrading Healthcare Facility

Currently, we are undergoing a clinic renovation to integrate the medical and mental health clinics into a holistic approach to treat homeless neighbors. The new facility is called the Pedigo Health Center and should be completed in June. This expands the number of exam & consultation rooms so we can provide enhanced services to neighbors. We will then be able to treat the mind & the body at one location for better healthcare.

Want to get involved?

Consider volunteering – we need volunteers in our Employment Training program to work one on one with neighbors creating resumes/cover letters & learning to job search online; in the Kitchen area to make coffee, serve food items and be hospitable to neighbors & at the Front Desk where we need volunteers Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm to work the front desk while staff are in meetings. Interested? Please email Laura Smith at

Be a sponsor of our 10th Annual Tackling Homelessness event in September at the Colts Training Facility with Colts players signing autographs.  This event sells out every year so hurry!  Hosted by #76 Joe Reitz & his wife Jill, The Hunter Smith Band performs, Jimmy Maddog Matis emcees the event, silent & live auction, barbecue buffet, autographs & photos with Colts players; special Chalk Talk segment with Colts players and more. Contact Mary for more info at (317)396-6342 or

Donate items – Check out our website for info on needed items at or email Mary to get on our eNews list – We provide all the toiletries for neighbors to take showers so always need  – travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, deodorant, gently used or new washcloths & towels and more.

Make a Financial Gift  – Please consider a gift to Horizon House to help support our work in helping homeless neighbors at . You can even set up a monthly gift on this site.

Buy a Brick – Horizon House has bricks for sale for $100 - $125 that can be purchased “In Honor” or “In Memory” of someone or for yourself as a way to show support for our neighbors. The engraved bricks will be placed at our neighbor entrance off of Southeastern Avenue.  Purchase a brick here; it is $100 for 2 lines of 13 characters each and $125 for 3 lines of 13 characters each. This makes a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift.

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