Who is HOOP?
Helping Our Own People, Inc (HOOP), is an all-volunteer, non-denominational 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide basic necessities to those living on the streets of Indianapolis to help them survive another night...unconditional giving...no strings attached...no questions asked.
The vision of HOOP is to be recognized by the homeless community of Indianapolis as a trusted friend, available to support and/or advise. To provide food, clothing and other necessities in a time of need, while connecting on a personal level as a friend.
We approach the homeless with respect and dignity. We are continually humbled, knowing that we are so blessed; we could be the one out on the streets. We offer what we have as a sign of hope and to remind those we serve that they are not forgotten; there are many who care enough to donate and collect items for them..
We saw the homeless on park benches, under bridges, and at the corner table of a fast food restaurant. We felt compassion and wondered what to do. We were concerned that a cash donation may end up doing more harm than good.
Our response was to provide food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene products - enough to get them through another day or the next rough night. More importantly, we provide a hand and conversation, we are a link to the community for our homeless friends. With this simple vision in place, Deputy Kelley Hayworth of the Marion County Sheriff's department started HOOP.
- Fall 2004 Deputy Hayworth forms HOOP
- May 5, 2005, Board of Directors established and HOOP becomes incorporated
- July 14, 2005, HOOP is designated as a nonprofit, 501©3 organization by the IRS
- Today, HOOP has 7 night leaders who lead approximately 12 outings per month
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We are always looking for volunteers
As a volunteer based organization, we are constantly looking for people that want to help. if you are looking for a way to help the homeless individuals of Indianapolis, please visit our volunteer page for more information on how you can help.