CHARITY OF THE MONTH SPOTLIGHT: A SAFE HAVEN FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

HOW COBURN PLACE IS BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS BY PROVIDING SAFE + SECURE HOUSING

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, growing evidence shows the pandemic has made domestic violence more common—and often more severe. According to The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, incidents of domestic violence increased by 25 to 33% in 2020 globally.  

Thankfully, there are organizations out there who care deeply about this issue and aim to help survivors in practical ways. As April is National Volunteer Month, MJ is featuring Coburn Place as our Charity of the Month—a nonprofit organization with a mission to “empower people impacted by domestic violence in the Greater Indianapolis area.” 

The primary focus of Coburn Place is providing transitional housing to survivors of domestic abuse. Coburn Place holds to three Commitments 

  1. HOUSING FIRST: aims to connect those experiencing homelessness quickly and successfully to permanent housing without preconditions or barriers to entry. 
  2. VOLUNTARY SERVICES: survivors seeking housing are not required to participate in any prerequisite programs to obtain housing. 
  3. DOMAINS OF WELLBEING: the organization adheres to the Full Frame Initiative’s Five Domains of Wellbeing as the essential needs to set up survivors for self-sufficiency. 

Coburn Place offers two types of housing options for survivors of domestic abuse. On-site housing provides fully furnished, rent-free apartments of multiple sizes for survivors. This model allows residents to save funds toward future permanent housing once they graduate from Coburn Place.   

Community-based housing is reserved for survivors who are dealing with less severe safety, self-sufficiency and permanent housing barriers. This housing program offers rent-assistance for up to one year on a tiered level of support with a goal for survivors to become fully self-sufficient after one year. 

Coburn Place takes a holistic approach to wellbeing by providing financial, medical and legal resources and assistance. Criminal justice advocacy, therapy, education advancement, and childcare are just a few of the resources available. The organization also offers resources for children—such as play spaces, tutoring, after-school programs and even field trips.   

Coburn Place is an organization whose work resonates with us at MJ as it closely aligns with the commitments of the MJ Foundation. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through supporting efforts to move people living in economic hardship from survival to success. We encourage you to find a way to get involved and volunteer with this organization for National Volunteer Month.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP 

  • Volunteer: whether it’s grounds maintenance, helping with children’s activities or organizing donations—there are plenty of ways you can volunteer at Coburn Place. 
  • Donate: $15 provides one night of safe haven for an adult and two children—and every amount helps. Visit the donate page to learn how you can financially support Coburn Place. 
  • Fundraise: learn more about ways to fundraise for Coburn Place here. 
  • Join Indigo: if you’re a young professional in your 20s or 30s, you can become an advocate with Coburn Place’s Young Professionals Engagement Committee, Indigo. Members help organize fundraisers cultivate future advocates. 

As you consider volunteer opportunities for National Volunteer Month, visit the Coburn Place website to learn more about how you can support their work.