Interfaith Coalition for Mental Health luncheons past and future
Participants in the May 15 ICMH luncheon had a great discussion with Jenni White, founding director of Trinity Haven. The next luncheon topic: prison ministries.
May 15 Jenni White talked about Trinity Haven, Indiana’s first transitional housing for homeless LGBTQ youth, set to open this summer. Trinity Haven is located in a large Arts and Crafts-style home in Mapleton-Fall Creek. It offers a safe, welcoming transitional home for LGBTQ youth ages 16-21. When it opens, Trinity Haven will be able to serve as many as 10 youth at a time, with the potential to eventually house 15 or more.
The need for Trinity Haven is great. Every month, between 40 and 65 young people arrive at Indiana Youth Group (IYG) without a safe place to live. Many of those youth end up sleeping on park benches, in their cars, or under other dangerous conditions.
Trinity Episcopal Church incubated Trinity Haven until it received its own nonprofit designation in 2018. While all youth will be warmly welcomed at Trinity’s worship services if they wish to attend, there are no religious requirements for residents of Trinity Haven.
“Faith-based organizations have a special obligation to mend this particular tear in the social fabric, because the misapplication of religion is a significant reason these youth live in danger,” said the Rev’d Julia E. Whitworth, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.
The final ICMH of the spring will be Wednesday June 19. The title: Community Building: Resiliency Across Sectors. The theme: Prison ministries. Register here.