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Ka'Dayjah's story

Posted on 3/17/2009 8:56:47 AM
Author: Center for the Homeless

Because we feel the heart of what we do is the most important aspect of the Center, from here on out we're going to lead with stories that best articulate our mission. Today's is particularly special, and we're so excited to share it with you! 

Ka'Dayjah's Story


Last week, the National Center on Family Homelessness reported 13,012 homeless children in the state of Indiana. Every night, we serve about 50 of those children here at the Center. In response to this study, WSBT did a story on one of our children here at the Center that ran last night. Ka’Dayjah is an extremely bright and well-spoken 12-year-old, and I’d like to share her story with you:

Also, in this piece, Ka’Dayjah mentions wanting to go to Culver Academy for high school. Today, we got some amazing news—Ka’Dayjah received a full ride to Culver’s 6-week summer program! She is just thrilled, and we couldn’t be happier for her. AWe are very grateful to Larry and Kristin Swank for all their help in making this opportunity available for Ka’Dayjah. She is just elated!

Amazing Day!

Posted on 3/11/2009 12:56:03 PM
Author: Sanya Applegate, Chief Information Officer

Today was the most amazing day in my history of social service.

We gave 8 men a home today and these men were so happy, so pleased, so proud and humbled at the same time that it touched my soul.
I asked each of them how long it had been since they had had something like this, and generally speaking it had been YEARS.
Not days, not weeks, not even months.... it had been years.
They cooperated, they helped, they smiled and my heart melted.

My hat is officially off to Trish Hodge who came here and jumped in with both feet a-kickin!
I know it is the proverbial honeymoon period and that there will be issues, but it was such a magical moment that I had to smile myself and thank the gods that I got to be a part of it all.

Dance for Change

Posted on 3/4/2009 9:58:04 AM
Author: Center for the Homeless

Dance for Change!

May 2, On the Gridiron, College Football Hall of Fame


It’s going to be big! Dance for Change is a brand-new venture, the result of a partnership between the Center for the Homeless and Five Star, an organization that provides high energy, character and leadership development programming for area students. Taking over the College Football Hall of Fame’s Gridiron on Saturday, May 2, from 2-7pm, Dance for Change will include dancing, group activities, eating and socializing. Participants are invited from all area high schools and junior high schools in St. Joseph and Elkhart counties—a turnout of several

hundred is expected. Throughout the day, live bands will perform, providing the backdrop for a big dance party. The gridiron of the College Football Hall of Fame will be turned into an activity zone, with food and sporting events to round out the fun.

Alongside the party-like atmosphere, however, is the serious component of the day. Raising awareness to the issues of poverty and homelessness will be a common thread throughout. Guests of the Center for the Homeless and the

champions of Five Star will speak regularly, encouraging participants to continue and at the same time, putting a face to this very important issue.

Volunteers and sponsors are still needed. Please consider joining our efforts!

For more information, please contact

Jacqueline Kronk  (574) 282-8700 ext 424

or visit