CLEAN SOCKS HOPE INC.

Going where others will not, and doing what others cannot.

New Albany, IN   |  https://cleansockshope.org

Mission

“Clean Socks Hope partners with under-served neighborhoods to provide innovative and wholistic development that leads to restoration in all areas of life."

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Jeff Minton

Main address

800 E 8th Street

New Albany, IN 47150 USA

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EIN

27-1883658

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Family Services (P40)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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What we aim to solve

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We believe that every member of our churches are missionaries. With that belief, it's up to us to help integrate (disciple) their life with God into a life for God through their workplace and in the community in which they live. If we don't, then we ignore the most time-consuming part of people's lives and miss the opportunity to see a movement of missionaries spread across our city and out into the world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Midtown Neighborhood Network Food Co-op

So, what is Midtown Neighborhood Network? A Food Cooperative? Yes! A Community Ministry? Yes. A church? Yes. A social justice ministry? Yes. A community development organization? Yes. We are so grateful for our time at Midtown. Please join us as we continue to act creatively in response to injustices and participate in transformation.

At Midtown Neighborhood Network – A Food Cooperative, a primary way in which we answer the above questions is by equipping cooperative members to achieve "food security.” While our cooperative members’ life situations differ, they all share one experience: Near the end of the month, they are low on money, and because of the unpredictability of food bank donations and shelter resources, they do not know whether to spend their limited cash on food, rent, or utilities. This is the experience of "food insecurity,” of not having a predictable supply of food for you and your family. Food insecurity can lead to an inability to pay bills, causing homelessness, the malnourishment of children, the use of theft and other crimes in order to survive, and many other issues.

Population(s) Served

Our Christmas Store program, in conjunction with Northside Christian Church, and the Midtown, New Albany community is a toy and gift drive designed to support the hard working families of Historic Midtown New Albany by providing affordable toys and gifts during the Christmas Season at the 8th Street Mission.

Our goal is to preserve the pride and dignity of the families that we serve in our community. We accomplish this goal by having our nominated families earn through volunteerism in their neighborhood, instead of giving toys and gift items away, understanding that our families prefer to provide for themselves rather than receiving a hand out.

Population(s) Served

We are negotiating with Starbucks Coffee to have a Starbucks Kiosk on site. We are looking for volunteers to help cover the 11AM – 2PM shifts, Monday through Friday each week. Our prayer is that our clientele from Midtown Commons begin to return to us as a place of safety, hope, and church without boundaries.

Population(s) Served

8th Street Pizza is a boutique pizza shop and ministry that includes the finest ingredients with our made-to-order New York style pizza. We are open limited hours at our new location at 800 E 8th Street, New Albany, IN 47150 in the old Robinson Nugent building.

We embrace a pay what you can afford concept by providing a few payment options. 1. Pay what you can afford to pay. You can pay with your time in service as payment. 2. Pay the full amount of the suggested meal price. 3. Pay the full amount of the suggested meal price, plus a little extra to “pay it forward.” 4. Give your time in service to “pay it forward” for your neighbor to enjoy a meal.

Hours: Wednesdays 4PM—8PM; Thursdays 11AM—2PM & Friday’s 11AM—8:30PM, for lunch and dinner. All proceeds go to rent, utilities, and programming at 8th Street.

Check out our updated social media sites at facebook.com/cleansockshope or twitter.com/cleansockshope for pop-up pizza days and special events. Support local economy and invite the city to celebrate the beauty of Midtown, New Albany.

Population(s) Served

Community Room Rentals—as an added way for the Charity to reach the unchurched and become self-sustaining, we have begun to rent out our community room for events. We have already hosted a national training event, a voter registration gala, and a fundraiser for one of our sister nonprofits. We will continue to word-of-mouth advertise and grow this untapped opportunity.

And much more coming in 2018

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America 2013

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Midtown Neighborhood Network Food Co-op

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Midtown Neighborhood Network served 894 community members, dozens of families and thanks to our partnership with Dare To Care, 17,023 lbs. of food equaling $56,856.90 retail value in groceries.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Discipleship Learning Lab—Join us as we share what a decade of urban ministry will teach you and how sin damaged these relationships, and how we see the resulting dysfunction in the economic, social, religious, and political systems we as a country have created. Poverty is the absence of peace. Poverty alleviation helps people move closer to a right relationship with God, themselves, and others. Either we do God's will God's way or we are not doing his will at all.

Midtown Community Garden—in late 2017, we dedicated our Community Foundation of Southern Indiana | Denney Family Midtown Community Garden. Our dream is to feed the entire Midtown neighborhood and beyond! Neighbors helping neighbors.

Midtown Mercy Street—Clean Socks Hope and DePauw Memorial UMC work in partnership has become the fifth Mercy Street in southern Indiana! Stepping Into Freedom Thursdays at 6:30PM is a 12-step, Christ-centered program focused on getting rid of life-controlling problems, and is accepted by the Floyd County Corrections. We look to the Word of God to help us with just fill in the blank: drugs, alcohol, anger, gambling, co-dependency, etc. Anything that controls your life! This is a three-year answered prayer.

Quarterly Worship Services—our desire is that you encounter God at these worship nights and grow in intimacy with Him. Every 8th Street worship night is unique and has a different mix of worship leaders, songs, and themes. Our praise gatherings focus our hearts on God. We want everyone to come with the expectation that you are going to encounter God and that you will never be the same.

Join us a we begin this journey together, learning from one another and reaching people who aren't being reached, by doing things that have never been done.

“Clean Socks Hope is a 501©(3) nonprofit dedicated to faithfully empower our neighbors toward health and wholeness."

The Mission—Join us as we share what a decade of urban ministry will teach you and how sin damaged these relationships, and how we see the resulting dysfunction in the economic, social, religious, and political systems we as a country have created. Poverty is the absence of peace. Poverty alleviation helps people move closer to a right relationship with God, themselves, and others. Either we do God’s will God’s way or we are not doing his will at all.

The Community—For us, a missional community is a group of people, about the size of an extended family, who are united through Christ around a common place or service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships.

Our Vision is to simply share the Gospel of Christ to everyone we meet. We have come to realize that a part of this new ride at 8th Street is to disciple dozens of Gospel driven, God led cottage industries and somehow show them with one goal in mind, his kingdom.

Gathering—And to model the gospel of Jesus Christ each day in our lives, as we love the church that sent us, the believers that don’t understand us, the lost and poor that Jesus shared with us, and toss away the next hip thing for the gospel that changed us. There’s no fancy programming, methodology or seven habits of highly successful preachers, it’s just a bunch of broken and desperate people sharing the love of Christ the way he said to show it.

We began to fully understand that the 'love you' and 'leave you' ideas of old, plus the poorly funded and misguided governmental entitlement programs were only making the lives of our families worse, making them all the more dependent upon us creating bitterness, hopelessness and frankly betrayal. After a Monday night at Midtown Commons where we witnessed grown men knocking children down to get into the free food line we pulled the plug on all free give-away's whether it be food or anything else that folks believe they are 'entitled' to.

The vision of Clean Socks Hope and its partners is to break the cycles of exploitation in Midtown by building collaborative leadership skills from childhood to adulthood, block by block, championing the human dignity of the many races, cultures and classes represented in our historic communities. We aim to create a future distinct from New Albany—Midtown's past by weaving a social fabric out of which leadership can emerge. In such a community, children of Midtown can grow into adult leaders and find a compelling sense of ownership in this community's future.

If we continue to facilitate free food, free clothes, diapers and stoves then all we are doing is causing generations of those in need to depend upon us—not grow and become self sufficient. We believe that the answer to poverty and homelessness is not more vouchers and entitlement programming, but a messy and relational community wide movement that offers hope instead of more bureaucracy.

And, that's the problem and the solution, relationships are hard, but throwing money at and creating another failed entitlement is easy, it's clean and we can go home at night feeling good about ourselves all the while our families still live in tents or are prisoners to an unscrupulous landlord. The problem is we've had 50+ years of this type of 'help,' and frankly it doesn't work.

Trusting God, we have somehow seen our Christmas Store impact over 806 family members and 869 local children largely from the Midtown community and dignity for parents that no other organization can claim.

Our first program, our low-income food cooperative (Midtown Neighborhood Network) which began its humble roots on July 5, 2012 with six families. To date, its impact has seen over 200 families participate in the Midtown Neighborhood Network Food Cooperative totaling 2,108 men, and women, 1,864 children, 556 seniors for a total impact of 6.784 family members from the community. As a Dare to Care agency partner, we have provided 63,955 individual meals for those in need in our local Food Desert over the last 7 years.

We can take no credit for any of this, God gets the glory for all of it and our friends, family, and partnership with Northside Christian Church, and dozens of volunteers and dozens of youth groups, schools from at least 3 different states did most of the work. In addition, yes, we have donated some 14,000 pairs of clean socks to the homeless, the underserved, jails, and schools in 11 counties in and around the Louisville metro area.

Financials

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CLEAN SOCKS HOPE INC.

Board of directors
as of 03/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Minton

Michelle Minton

PCA Pharmacy

Brian Combs

Northside Christian Church

Aundrea Ludlow

Trilogy Healthcare

Michael Ludlow

St. Mary's School

Tommy Embry

Northside Christian Church

Geri Cozine

Northside Christian Church

Michael Donahue

Southeast Christian Church

Jack Mauzy

Deb Mauzy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes