Citysound Music Fest Partners With The PourHouse Helping the Homeless in Indy

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Citysound recently partnered with The PourHouse, a local non-profit helping the homeless downtown Indianapolis, IN. During this interview with the Executive Director of The PourHouse, Andrea De Mink shares about the non-profit, how they are adapting during COVID-19, and ways they’re helping our homeless neighbors in Indianapolis.

How did you get involved with The PourHouse?

"After volunteering with various homeless service providers over the years, I recognized there were a lot of programs and services for a “one size fits all” approach to homelessness. I wanted to get to know people as individuals and assist them with the goals they defined for themselves. In 2004, I sat on the bench on Monument Circle with a freezer bag full of popsicles and just waited. Individuals began to gather and hang out…and The PourHouse as it is known today was born.

The freezer bag full of popsicles has now grown to over 500 people served weekly at our Community Gatherings. We often ask people, “What is the next step you want to take with your life…and how can we help you take that step?” That is our mission. We have successfully housed well over 800 people in the last 6 years and have connected hundreds of people to necessary services. "

What new problems has the organization had during the pandemic? Major shortages of tangible goods?

"Since COVID became an issue, we have reduced our outreach staff to just ONE person (vs the normal staff of 5) at our Community Gatherings to reduce the time that people are in close Proximity. One on one case management and transportation is performed with PPE and utilizing social distancing. We provide masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to all clients several times a week and have hand cleaners at the table where people pick up their items.

There has been somewhat of a reduction in financial donations but we will continue our work and take things in stride. We have found that there are many selfless and generous people in our community who think of others before themselves, so we are still doing ok so far!"

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT. 100% OF DONATIONS WILL BE MADE TO THE POURHOUSE & ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

I saw that there is an identification system that provides a link between those that are considered chronically homeless and emergency services. Was this something developed by The PourHouse?

"We saw the need for a way that people could stay in touch with us, as well as provide a link to First Responders if there was a crisis. I developed a military dog tag style system that has our name, a toll free number, our website and a unique identifying number stamped on each one. Each tag is linked to the person wearing it and we keep a database of their vital information, emergency contact they may want to provide and health information. With the clients permission, we share that information with first responders and hospitals if they call. The toll free number provides a way for clients to always reach us when they are in need."

For those that aren’t able to give very much right now: what are other ways that they can help organizations like The Pour House, and homelessness in general?

"Volunteering is always a great way to give. As far as homelessness in general; treating people as peers, not projects. Educating yourself on the causes of homelessness and the resources in your community to address needs is also helpful."


How big of a team does it take to run such an organization? Do they all work full time?

"There are 1.5 paid staff members. I work pretty much all day, every day! The .5 staff member assists with administrative and operations functions and saves my life on a daily basis. Prior to COVID, I had 4 faithful volunteer outreach staff members. They have been with me for YEARS and I can’t wait to have them join me again after the pandemic is over!


We have an INCREDIBLE volunteer team that comprises our Welcome Home Team. They handle all facets of gathering household items and coordinating and executing move-ins every single Saturday. They fully furnish the apartments of people who are moving from the streets and into housing. Without them, this would never happen!"


CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT. 100% OF DONATIONS WILL BE MADE TO THE POURHOUSE & ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

In Indianapolis specifically, what are some of the biggest issues in our homeless community that has been on the rise over the last 5 year?

"I personally think a huge issue that we have is a lack of affordable housing. There are just a handful of places that people are able to rent from in this rent range. If we had affordable and clean housing for people with low income, it would make a HUGE dent in the issues of homelessness in our city. 

Citysound is excited to support The PourHouse and our homeless neighbors in Indianapolis. Donations will go directly to The PourHouse through the Gofundme page. Through community-style street outreach and a unique peer advocacy approach, they help people define and achieve their goals and reestablish vision for their lives."

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT. 100% OF DONATIONS WILL BE MADE TO THE POURHOUSE & ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.