On July 13th, the 2021 FHLBank Indianapolis intern class helped to put together hygiene kits for residents at Pathway to Recovery.
Pathway to Recovery is the only program in Indianapolis that offers transitional, semi-independent, and permanent housing to formerly homeless Hoosiers impacted by addiction and mental illness. The program is peer-driven, multi-phased, income-based, and substance-free.
The hygiene kits were packed with towels, body wash, deodorant, razors, and treats by some of our interns for Pathway’s residents. The interns that joined remotely wrote notes of encouragement for the recipients for inclusion in the bags.
Member Research and Strategies Intern Jennie Reinking was one of three interns who came into the FHLBank Indianapolis office to put the hygiene kits together.
“It is important for companies to encourage employees to do service work because it is a great reminder to help benefit those around us. Not only does it increase employees’ service hours, but it also reminds us that we should be doing more beyond work when we have spare time,” Reinking says, “Giving back to the community is something everyone should be striving for. It is inspiring to see companies like FHLBank Indianapolis incorporate this into their intern programs.”
FHLBank Indianapolis has supported Pathway to Recovery since 2010 when they were awarded Affordable Housing Program funds to rehab a vacant and distressed apartment building to create 20 units of affordable housing for homeless individuals and families who are exiting transitional recovery/living programs. In 2020, Pathway again received an AHP grant to renovate two currently owned, historic properties in the Herron Morton Place Historic District to create 55 units for people experiencing homelessness.
Mac Menard, Trevor Haub, and Jennie Reinking pictured.
“I thought the service activity was a great way to help out in my community. By doing even small acts of service like this, it is important to notice how helpful this is to the members in our community,” says Reinking, “Providing essentials such as body wash and towels are a great start in looking into the bigger problem surrounding us.