Our Programs

Dayspring Center Emergency Shelter

Dayspring Center operates 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Families seeking assistance at our emergency shelter are typically at a crisis stage, and require the compassionate care and support of our case management team. While the bare necessities of food, clothing and shelter are of critical importance to Dayspring residents, we realize we have to do more to break the cycle of homelessness. At Dayspring, we provide families devastated by homelessness the tools and resources they need to become an independent family again. With this goal in mind, Dayspring’s experienced case managers work with each family to develop a plan to help them address the underlying issues of their homelessness. When families are stabilized and ready to leave the emergency shelter facility, our services continue through the Follow-up Case Management program.

Follow-up Case Management

Follow-up Case Management’s (FCM) overall goal is to further stabilize families and help them remain housed after leaving the intensive support system provided in the emergency shelter, as well as transitional housing. Statistics show that 45%-50% of formerly homeless families, who are without some form of supportive services, are likely to be back in a local shelter within 3 months. During the first 6-9 months a family has obtained housing, the Follow-up Case Manager provides critical intervention at the first sign of a setback. Home visits are regularly conducted, offering objective guidance and a link to necessary services. Since its introduction in 2004, the FCM program has shown to significantly increase the number of formerly homeless families able to sustain housing one year after exiting an emergency shelter.

Wellspring Cottage

Residents of Wellspring Cottage are families that have graduated from an emergency shelter program, who need extra time to address more deeply rooted issues that led to their homelessness. For example, drug addiction, insufficient skills, large debt, or lack of education. The 2-year transitional housing program can house 12 homeless families each year in apartment-like dwellings. Supportive services are provided to residents with one on-site, full-time case manager. Each family is assisted with developing a realistic budget, a debt-reduction plan and learning how to remain permanently housed after leaving the program. An active after-school program is on-site for children, and a wide-range of assistance for employment and education for adults.

Children’s Program

Dayspring is dedicated to addressing the needs of the entire family, especially the children. A family’s homelessness often interrupts a child’s education and social development. Dayspring Center provides recreational and educational activities to help homeless children cope with their family’s homelessness and realize their remarkable potential. Children’s programming includes after school tutoring, weekly arts and crafts gatherings, birthday celebrations and a 9-week summer camp program, Camp Discovery. When school begins, each child receives needed school supplies and uniforms, if required.

Facts on Homelessness

40 percent of the 15,000 people who become homeless in Indianapolis each year live in families with children.

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