Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 25, 2013

Project Home Indy strikes a chord with best-selling author

Special event planned for May 5


CNHI

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It was a long shot when Project Home Indy Executive Director Sarah Nielsen sent a personal e-mail to best-selling author and popular blogger Glennon Melton, asking her to speak at the group’s May 5 fundraiser.

After all, Melton has a national following and busy schedule, and a small non-profit serving pregnant homeless teens was not on her radar.

“I told her we couldn’t pay her speaker’s fee. We couldn’t even cover her airfare or hotel,” Nielsen said.

Melton, whose parenting blog, Momastery, has more than 60,000 Facebook likes and a devoted readership, still said yes. Then she did one better. She blogged about Project Home Indy.

“I want to come hold babies and hug warrior mamas and tell them my story and hear theirs,” she wrote. “And yours. And dance on my head or sing horribly or make speeches or whatever else we need to do to raise money for this beautiful home. I’ll pay my own way — I want you to save every penny for the lovies.”

Immediately after her post, small donations from people all over the country started to arrive. Boxes from Amazon.com, filled with necessities like diapers, arrived at PHI’s front door. Nielsen fielded calls from people wanting to volunteer.

The “Boutiques and Brunch Benefit” fundraiser will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5 at The Madame Walker Theater, 617 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis. Presented by Managed Health Services (MHS), the annual fundraising event is meant to honor and pamper special women — mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends who are both mentors and role models.

Individual tickets and table packages are on sale now for the event. It includes a brunch, the opportunity to shop for items from Indianapolis boutiques, and hear Melton’s inspiring story. Her lecture begins at 2 p.m.

For more information or to order tickets, visit the website at http://projecthomeindyandmomastery.eventbrite.com/#.

Additional corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on that, e-mail Event Coordinator Lori Olson at lori@projecthomeindy.org.

Project Home Indy serves homeless teen girls who are pregnant or parenting, focusing on education, life, and job skills training and health care. The facility provides a safe, structured, and supportive environment and helps residents learn to be self-sufficient heads of their own families. Project Home Indy offers each teen a comprehensive assessment designed to determine needed and appropriate services for each mother and child and is the only facility of its kind in Marion County.

Project Home Indy is supported by its community partner, Managed Health Services (MHS), an Indiana-based health maintenance organization serving Hoosier Healthwise (HHW) and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).