Housing

Pam’s Promise to begin taking new clients

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After halting the admission of new clients for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pam’s Promise will begin taking in more homeless women and children.

The transitional housing organization, which does not serve as an emergency shelter, hopes to take applications and start doing interviews this week, executive director Sue Zachary said.

Calls to Pam’s Promise’s hotline have been on the increase as the pandemic and other crises drive more and more people from their homes. The organization can be reached at 765-366-3203.

“There’s been a lot of males calling, too. The need is just so huge,” Zachary said, sitting in the dining room of the organization’s house on Tinsley Avenue behind Historic Whitlock Place.

Caseworkers can usually provide room for up to 12 people, but the house is reopening at half-capacity to limit the spread of the virus. Of the five clients in the program when the pandemic hit, all but one has graduated.

As the staff geared up to welcome new clients, volunteers pitched in to spruce up the outside of the Tinsley Street house and Pam’s Promise second facility near the Crawfordsville Country Club. Groups from Trinity Life Ministry, Harvest Fellowship, New Hope Christian Church and Nucor Steel joined Pam’s Promise board members to do landscaping work.

Another caseworker, Elizabeth Zuk, has been brought on to help guide clients. The three-to-six month program can assist women with finding a job, permanent housing or childcare as well as budgeting and other life skills. Clients are often referred by other community agencies.

Pam’s Promise has received COVID-19 relief funding and supplies from the Montgomery County United Fund and Community Foundation, and a grant from Tipmont REMC funded the purchase of new washers and dryers with assistance from Town & Country Homecenter.

Donations can be made through Amazon Smile or by sending checks to P.O. Box 405, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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