Since 2003, Trusted Mentors has provided volunteer mentors to adults at risk of homelessness. Building on its success, it has expanded its mission to include other populations at risk of becoming homeless, including low wage earners, ex-offenders, and young adults aging out of foster care. No other agency in Indianapolis provides this service.
In 2010, Trusted Mentors supported 85 mentoring relationships, with 86% lasting past 6 months. A total of 109 children were affected by the stabilization of their parent/s.
Trusted Mentors uses the power of mentoring to help adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the effects of incarceration. These person-to-person mentoring relationships improve lives by developing life skills and positive social networks that empower people to:
- Remain housed
- Make a positive contribution to the local community
- Stay or become employed
- Advance their education
- Stay out of jail
- Improve parenting skills
We accomplish our mission by:
Providing quality training to equip volunteers with the resources and techniques needed to be effective mentors;
- Matching adults referred by partnering agencies with trained mentors; and
- Fostering on-going mentoring relationships by supplying useful information, guidance, and positive activities.
“I am finally making things happen. I can say this because my life is finally turning around. The job I have I enjoy and I’m working more hours. I have finally opened a checking and savings account and I’m working to reduce debt... I’m reconnecting with my church and I’m looking at life from a different perspective. And I owe it all to Trusted Mentors and my belief that with God anything is possible.” —Temeika