HIV/AIDS work was the first outreach of The Church Within. During our first year of existence we bought sweatshirts for 10 persons with AIDS who lived with Father Damien Sarrok. For several years, we gave Christmas gifts to those living with Father Sarrok. We subsequently adopted Damien Center clients for Christmas gifts and supported the Damien Center’s food pantry for several years.
The church provides meeting space for the quarterly state wide meeting of HIV Community Action Groups. We host the World AIDS Day commemoration yearly and display many of the quilt panels during this time. Rev. Judith Carson, Rev. Yvonne Brandenburg, and Rev. Dr. Calvin Brandenburg’s years of work has led to the inscription of their names on the Indiana AIDS Memorial at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Indiana AIDS Memorial was the nation’s first permanent AIDS memorial in a cemetery and only the second anywhere in the country.
Concord Center Outreach
We currently support the Concord Center HIV/AIDS care coordination program through frequent donations to their food pantry, providing the makings for Christmas dinner for more than 60 of their clients and provide Christmas gifts for children of their clients. Throughout the year we assist clients as they set up living spaces by providing furniture, appliances, and kitchen necessities. We host a client picnic each summer.
Members of the church have been active in the AIDS Walk’s organization and presentation for 7 years. The Church Within has raised the highest amount of money for the AIDS Walk in the religious organization category for all but one year of the walk’s existence.
Organizations We Support
“Support” at TCW comes in different ways. Sometimes we provide funds, but more often we provide hospitality, in the many forms that hospitality takes – meeting or event space, meal preparation, and volunteers who offer their time, talent and resources.
Collect electronics for recycling. www.RecycleForce.org
Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis – Ongoing support of the Circle City AIDS Coalition.
Concord Neighborhood Center
Ongoing support of their Neighborhood Care Coordination Project’s food pantry, as well as providing toys and food for up to 80 families at Christmas and hosting a holiday party and summer cook out.
Midtown Community Mental Health
Host annual client art show, and the ongoing sale of greeting cards made by clients, the proceeds of which fund the Midtown art therapy program.
Interfaith Coalition on Non-Discrimination (ICON)
The Church Within provides volunteer leadership as well as annual financial support.
Indiana Youth Group (IYG)
Provide meals for group meetings.