Irvington Churches Advocacy Network (ICAN) (fomerly Irvington Congregations as Partners (ICAP))

Indianapolis. (317) 356-7231.

ICAP began in Indianapolis, IN, in July 1999, as a community based homelessness prevention program and includes eight Irvington congregations and two social service organizations who are focusing on 12 individuals and/or families per year, who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. Each family is matched with a two person volunteer mentoring team who commit to work for one year with a goal of self-sufficiency. In consultation with the social worker, volunteer coordinator and mentoring team, each family determines its needs and establishes goals relating to budgeting, childcare, job skills, GED, finding affordable housing, etc. Funding is through a three year grant from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) with a Steering Committee pursuing funding beyond the three year grant.