INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Horizon House in downtown Indianapolis has been helping homeless people get their lives back in order for 25 years.
“I’m trying to get my foot back in the door and get my life started over again,” said Harry, who has been homeless since being released from prison.
Harry is a trained mechanic and goes to the homeless services center nearly every day, working to better himself.
The organization has been helping homeless people with basic services like storage, laundry, computer skills and job training.
Now, through a partnership with Eskenzai Health, they are offering those services, as well as primary care and mental health services, all under one roof. The program is believed to be the first of its kind in Indiana and one of only a few in the country.
“A lot of times people think, ‘Well that person is homeless, all they need to do is get a job,'” said Mary Stickelmaier, the Director of Communications for Horizon Health. “In some cases folks need the basic things in order to get to the point where they are stable enough to get a job.”
The center recently raised money to buy Harry, who is a trained mechanic, a $500 tool set. Harry said when he finds a job, and secures a home, he plans to pay it forward.
“I’m just trying to better myself, trying to push forward, so hopefully, one day I can return the favor to help someone else,” said Harry.