By Anna Skinner
Safe Families for Children, a self-funded volunteer based organization aimed at keeping families intact and prevent child neglect and abuse, will be holding a gala at the Oak Hill Mansion, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel on Sept. 11.
The organization has been in the Indianapolis metropolitan area since 2008. The gala will be the big event of the year, with last year’s gala raising $80,000 for the organization. Organization assistant director Beth Kinney said she hopes to meet and exceed that goal this year.
There will be a live auction, a silent auction and a dinner all starting at 6:30 p.m. Kinney said some of the items in the auction include Disney tickets, a week rental condo in Florida and ski resort rentals.
The gala helps raise money to help struggling families in the area who may need to find a spot for their kids while they get back on their feet.
“We provide early intervention services if a parent is struggling and having a hard time,” Kinney said. “The parent can call us and we will place the children into a temporary host home, we have a network of homes across the city.”
Kinney said many of the participants are single mothers looking for help with getting back on their feet, but she said they also take in kids due to substance abuse, incarceration or illnesses. The volunteer host families often work alongside the biological families to build a long term support system.
The organization is similar to foster care, with the main difference being that it is voluntary on both sides. The parents call Safe Families in search of help and the families who take in the children don’t receive any compensation.
For volunteers interested in helping with the organization, email Jen Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org. For families searching for help, call 519-3839.
Standard tickets cost $75 per person, or a table of eight for $600. To purchase tickets or bid on items listed, visit http://safein15.auction-bid.org/micro2.php.