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Strengthening Owen County Communities

HUMAN SERVICES
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Notable Partnerships

Area 10 Agency on Aging

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana

Habitat for Humanity

Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

Life Designs, Inc. 

New Beginnings, Crisis Pregnancy Center

Owen County Learning Network

Owen County Food Pantries

Senior Friends of Owen County

Servants at Work (SAWs)

Spencer Pride, Inc. 

Susie's Place Advocacy Center

Sweet Owen Industries

OCCF Supports Human Services

2021 Grantees

  • Area 10 Agency on Aging: Multi-year grant for Rural Transit bus

  • Area 10 Agency on Aging: Designated grant from Freeman Charitable Food Fund

  • Area 10 Agency on Aging: Designated grant from Area 10 Agency on Aging Fund

  • Area 10 Agency on Aging/Rural Transit: Rural Transit expansion

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana: Owen County programming

  • Garrard Chapel Food Pantry: Drive-through food distribution building

  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry: Meat processing

  • Life Designs Inc.: Accessible women’s restroom remodel

  • New Beginnings, Crisis Pregnancy Center: Curriculum update

  • Senior Friends of Owen County: Designated grant from Senior Friends of Owen County Fund

 

  • Servants at Work (SAWs): Wheelchair ramps and steps for financially challenged residents

  • Spencer Pride, Inc.: Western façade repair

  • Spencer Pride, Inc.: Building repairs

  • Susie’s Place Advocacy Center: Designated grant from Child Abuse Prevention Fund

 

Past and Present Grant Stories

People load food at the Garrard Chapel Food Pantry

A site visit to the Garrard Chapel Food Pantry

Feeding Owen County

The Freeman Charitable Food Fund has provided over $200,000 to local food pantries serving Owen County since 2006

Each year eligible food pantries submit a grant request to the Freeman Charitable Food Fund.  Representatives discuss their levels of demand and any special needs and then the group comes up with a distribution plan each year.

 

Since the fund was founded in 2006 with a gift of $434,115, Joe’s gift has provided over $200,000 to local food pantries and still has a balance of $508,548. 

OCCF Supports Area 10 Agency on Aging Programs

More than $220,000 has been granted to Area 10 Agency on Aging for food pantry support (distributed by Area 10 Agency on Aging to OC food pantries), Rural Transit, and Sweet Owen Industries, an Owen County-based organization that cares for individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders. 

Woman stands on a rural transit bus

Rural Transit Ride-Along

People talk at the Sweet Owen Industy facility in Spener
Sweet Owen Industries packaged meals in the fridge

Sweet Owen Industries packages nutritionally balanced meals for the special needs of their clients

A grant of $60,000 was provided for capital improvements of Sweet Owen Industries facility in Spencer.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers help build a house

Owen County
Habitat for Humanity

A grant of $50,000 was provided to the Owen County Habitat for Humanity to use in the construction of the organization's second house.