Public safety workers receive IU Health grant, COVID-19 assistance

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June 11, 2020

IU Health and Community Outreach and Engagement awarded nearly $200,000 in emergency grant funding to local agencies. Here’s a look at how one organization utilized those funds.

By IU Health Senior Writer, T.J. Banes, tfender1@iuhealth.org

Since mid-March, they have been working around the clock. They are the first responders – not only for those affected by the coronavirus, but also for other Marion County residents signaling a need.

The Indy Public Safety Foundation is one of 10 organizations that received emergency grant funding from IU Health Community Outreach and Engagement. Nearly $200,000 was awarded to help Hoosiers in a time of need.

First responders representing state, city, and county police, fire, and emergency medical services, have received complimentary meals since the start of the pandemic. More than 5,000 first responders were fed in nine weeks.

“They have been busy. This has been a great help. They don’t lose an hour to eat so it doesn’t interrupt the flow of their day,” said IMPD Lt. Dennis Peters, Director of Emergency Management. More than $30,000 was invested to support local restaurants, where first responders would typically dine. On any given day, 80 people receive those restaurant meals. Civilian cadets are volunteering to pick up and deliver the orders to both the Marion County Emergency Operation Center and the Public Safety Logistics Headquarters.

“This has been a huge convenience, and I think one reason we’ve remained so healthy is because we’re not going out to lunch. We’re safer and taking extra precautions,” said Dean Wildauer, a sergeant with the Indiana State Police.

Other agencies receiving grants include:

  • Flanner House and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana – grant is used to distribute food to Central Indiana residents.
  • CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions – grant is used to provide emergency meals for Marion County seniors.
  • Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) – grant is used to provide food access, housing, and reintegration services to veterans in Marion County.
  • Lawrence Community Gardens – grant is used to protect, grow and harvest food that is donated to Lawrence food pantries.
  • Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis – grant is used to provide shelter to Marion County families.
  • Horizon House – grant is used to support the Blended Street Outreach Team to assist the needs of unsheltered Marion County residents.
  • Gennesaret Free Clinics – grant is used to provide medical, dental and respite care for Marion County homeless residents.
  • Raphael Health Center – grant is used to provide medical, dental, and behavioral care to underserved individuals.

- Photos by Mike Dickbernd, mdickbernd@iuhealth.org

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