When people are in need, Community Action of Greater Indianapolis (CAGI) goes out of its way to help. And CAGI staff often goes above and beyond, even personally.
This month, CAGI staff offered love and compassion to a family of five, with three children, who lost everything in an Indianapolis house fire in July. Staff learned that some of their most immediate needs were clothing and shoes for the kids and adults. So, they gathered information about their sizes and went into their own closets to help meet the need.
CAGI President Ed Tipton says, “CAGI is an organization that has always been a resource for and part of the community. Whether it is a fire, or another type of crisis, CAGI has desired to be a part of that beacon that people can turn to.”
Anthony Beverly, the Executive Director of “Stop the Violence Indianapolis,” heard about the family’s plight and turned to CAGI and others for help. Tipton continues, “As in this case, Anthony made the clarion call and the community responded. CAGI was just the conduit to make it work. We are grateful to all who participated because this is not a one-person operation. The community is a team that comes together when needed. This is just an example of Community TEAMWORK.”
And that teamwork is changing a family’s life. The children’s grandmother is incredibly grateful for the gifts from CAGI. “It’s wonderful! Wonderful! I can’t express how much I appreciate their support and help, especially when they don’t even know me.”
The grandmother reports that all the kids and adults, who were in the home at the time, are doing well. She says that, unfortunately, her eight-year-old granddaughter was playing with a lighter in a bedroom closet and accidentally started the fire. The grandmother states, “She was trying to put out the fire before it went out of control so she had a little burn on her arm. She’s remorseful and sad but now she really understands the dangers of playing with fire.” The Indianapolis Fire Department has enrolled her granddaughter in its Juvenile Firesetter program.
The family feels blessed by the whole community’s response. The grandmother told CAGI that they have found a new home but are basically starting over. They still have needs for dishes, linens, furniture, beds and appliances. CAGI believes in empowering people it serves to become self-reliant and self-sufficient. If you would like to help this family get back on its feet, please contact Anthony Beverly at 317-692-9929.