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Help YOUR Community Champion

There is only one thing as good as making a difference in your community – helping your community champion who goes above and beyond to inspire and make lives better. Royal Neighbors members have a unique opportunity to support local community champions by nominating them for a Nation of Neighbors℠ empowerment grant. 

Hope Center Indy brings new life to women

Oct 4, 2017
Photo of Kathy Lee, Lana Bodkin and Beth Arthur; Hubert Nolen, Executive Director; and Suzanne Bautista, Program Coordinator
Shown above, left to right, are, Royal Neighbors members Kathy Lee, Lana Bodkin
and Beth Arthur; Hubert Nolen, Executive Director; and Suzanne Bautista,
Program Coordinator.

Life takes on a different hue for women when they begin their residence at the Hope Center Indy in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rather than dark and forbidding, it becomes bright and hopeful. The center offers a program to personally and professionally develop women who have been rescued from human trafficking.

Suzanne Bautista, Program Coordinator, received a $5,000 Nation of Neighbors℠ grant to expand a unique trauma recovery program utilizing art therapy and dance. “We are a supportive residential program offering mental health, vocational skills and support groups. Healing through art, painting, and praise dancing can help our residents recover emotionally from their traumatic experiences,” said Suzanne.

The women are busy in their new home, which can accommodate 160 residents. They have daily devotions, chores, support groups and fun nights which can include movie nights and guest speakers. They also have the opportunity to work in the in-house coffee shop and boutique and earn their GED to learn new skills that will help them move forward to a better life. 

Photo of artwork created by Hope Center Indy residents
Shown above is a sampling of the artwork created by residents of
Hope Center Indy.

“We’re very grateful for this grant,” said Suzanne. “With art therapy, women can open up their hearts, dig deep and express themselves without words. We offer a non-threatening home where no one tells the women they’re wrong. Here they can begin a new chapter of their lives.”

Form #: P00262; Rev. 12-2017
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Form #: P00314; Rev. 11-2019