INDIANAPOLIS—Christ Church Cathedral (CCC) announced today the first recipient of their newly refreshed Outreach Grant program, a partnership comprised of both funding and faithful volunteer engagement. Dayspring Center is the inaugural recipient and provides emergency shelter, clothing, and three nourishing meals a day for homeless families with children in central Indiana.
The partnership includes a $45,000 grant along with an additional commitment of time and talent contributions from CCC congregants.
“We have a long history of working with Dayspring Center and are looking forward to continuing our work together under this re-energized collaboration,” said CCC Canon and Director of Community Relations Mariann Scott. “This partnership will help further the center’s vital work in our community by contributing CCC’s time, treasure, and talent.”
CCC’s new approach to granting is centered around the goal to nurture strong partnerships with local nonprofit groups and make a transformative difference in the neighborhoods around us.
Following a year of discernment and intentional conversations with downtown neighbors, conversations with potential nonprofit partners, and parishioner feedback, CCC has faithfully narrowed its outreach efforts for the next three years to three key areas: ministry with people experiencing homelessness, advocating for fair immigration practices, and helping people with immigration needs, and working toward interrupting and ending systemic racism. Collaborations with local organizations in the latter two policy areas will be announced later this year.
“Community partnerships such as the one with Christ Church Cathedral are vital to the existence of Dayspring Center and the families we serve,” said Lori Casson, Executive Director of Dayspring Center. “This partnership allows families to have hope and a new beginning.”
Dayspring effectively works to combat and prevent family homelessness by first, meeting their most immediate needs for food and shelter, then working with each family to address the issues that led them to their homelessness.
“CCC’s mission is to glorify God, serve our neighbors, and transform our city,” continued Scott. “And working with Dayspring Center is one of the many ways that we faithfully live into the work God is calling us to do each day.”
Christ Church Cathedral is a reverent and progressive church located on Monument Circle, in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 1837, CCC is a spiritual hub of transformation for the city and diocese, following Jesus Christ in practicing radical hospitality, working for justice, and proclaiming God’s peace, reconciliation, and love.