Resources for Those in Need

Due to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our world and our economy, many families are dealing with unexpected unemployment or other financial challenges. If this is your situation, there are a number of opportunities where you can find help. In addition to material needs, the pandemic continues to have a significant psychological impact on many people. If this is your situation, or if you are looking for ways to help those you love, below are resources that may be of assistance. We hope that the information can be of help.

ST. MARIA GORETTI RESOURCES

Shepherd's Gate Food Pantry

Our food pantry remains open at this time and is available to all parishioners and residents of Hamilton county once a month. The pantry is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm and Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am. For more information, click here.

Angel Employment Network

The goal of our Angel Employment Network is to assist those seeking new employment through networking assistance. If this is your situation, click here for more information.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Parishioners in need of emergency financial assistance, please contact Fr. Kevin Haines directly at 317-867-3213, ext. 1129.
HAMILTON COUNTY FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Good Samaritan Network

The Good Samaritan Network is always working to secure resources and funding so they can provide client assistance whenever possible for rent and utilities, especially. Even now, during this pandemic, they are creatively seeking additional funds for programming and services to help families and singles navigate this unprecedented time.
Good Samaritan Network maintains a directory list of pantries (with scheduled hours and days of service) on their website (Click Here). Most of the pantries are accessible for drive-through during the lockdown. There is also a page for Mobile Food Distributions (Click Here). All information is changing during this time, so we recommend to contact the pantry before traveling in order to confirm their hours and availability.
Contact Nancy Chance at Good Samaritan Network directly with any questions regarding programming and services at nchance@gsnlive.org or 317-842-2603.

Trustees

Any Hamilton County Trustee office is a port of entry for resources and support for Hamilton County households. Find your trustee contact below:
Find Essential Services | Contact Your Trustee Office
Adams Township Trustee  /  317.758.1029
Clay Township Trustee  /  317.846.2773
Delaware Township Trustee  /  317.842.8595
Fall Creek Township Trustee  /  317.841.3180
Jackson Township Trustee  /  317.984.3826
Noblesville Township Trustee  /  317.773.0249
Washington Township Trustee  /  317.574.9490
Wayne Township Trustee  /  317.773.3179
White River Township Trustee   /  317.385.6833

Seniors

Shepherd Center of Hamilton County and Meals on Wheels are collaborating to serve home-bound seniors making sure they get food and other needed items. They are also checking on the status of seniors routinely for additional needs. They have taken on assisting more seniors through this process and are meeting the needs daily. Find their contact information below:
Shepherd’s Center
Lauren Guynn, JD/LCSW
Executive Director
Office: 317-674-8777
Cell: 312-623-1455
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County
Beth Gehihusen,  ED
Executive Director
317-776-7159

Employment

WorkOne helps people connect and find jobs as well as fine-tune their resume and interviewing skills if they have never searched for a job in the past few years, recognizing the job market has changed dramatically and their direction and guidance is very valuable. Contact 317-841-8194.
NON-EMERGENCY DISTRESS SUPPORT

NEW! Connections- Aspire Warm Line

For people experiencing non-emergency distress resulting from COVID-19
Aspire Indiana Health has launched Connections — Aspire Warm Line (888-967-5842), an innovative new way to connect people to behavioral health care and other services during the pandemic, and beyond. It is primarily aimed at folks who are not currently mental health clients at Aspire, or anywhere.
Unlike a traditional hotline for urgent needs, the free warm line phone service is intended for people who are experiencing non-emergency distress or concerns resulting from COVID-19. Every kind of distress/anxiety should be recognized as important and receive attention before it develops into an emergency situation.
"The psychological footprint of a crisis or disaster situation is much larger than the medical footprint," said Jody Horstman, Aspire Chief Integration Officer. "Just as we have taken steps to 'flatten the curve' so hospitals aren't overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, we want to be proactive in addressing the 'second curve' of behavioral health issues before it overwhelms the capacity to handle it."
Connections Hours:  
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Connections Phone: 
(888) 967-5842
CONTACT:
Dianna L. Huddleston, LCSW
Director of Comprehensive Services for Boone and Hamilton Counties
Aspire Indiana, Inc.
Ph: (317) 587-0606

 

Free Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training

Aspire Indiana is offering free Psychological First Aid (PFA) training to our community in order to help educate the community on behavioral health needs and flatten the second curve. The Psychological Footprint of COVID19 will last longer and have a much greater impact than the medical footprint. As a result, please join us to learn how to help yourself and your community navigate this impact. PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Individuals affected by a disaster or traumatic incident, whether survivors, witnesses, or responders to such events, may struggle with or face new challenges following the event...PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short-term and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. PFA does not assume that all survivors will develop severe mental health problems or long-term difficulties in recovery. Instead, it is based on an understanding that disaster survivors and others affected by such events will experience a broad range of early reactions (e.g., physical, psychological, behavioral, spiritual). Some of these reactions will cause enough distress to interfere with adaptive coping, and recovery may be helped by support from compassionate and caring disaster responders. PFA is designed to be utilized by individuals who are not mental health providers, but instead for anyone in a community. It consists of 8 core action components and allows people to "tell their story." It is not a formal debriefing process. Please click on the links below to sign up for a free training: