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Want to support HAND? Stay home on Nov. 9

You are cordially invited to Stay Home for HAND on Nov. 9.

This annual “event” is the Noblesville-based housing and neighborhood development organization’s signature fundraiser — and the only one of its kind in central Indiana.

Rather than asking supporters to dress up for a black-tie affair in a rented reception hall, HAND is inviting its supporters to stay home on the evening of Nov. 9, enjoying the kind of comfort that we work to provide our less-fortunate neighbors.

We’ll check in throughout the evening on social media to see what everyone’s doing, and registered guests will have access to an online silent auction that includes must-have items like tickets to see Hamilton in Indianapolis, a weekend getaway to Red River Gorge, Ky., and tickets (plus parking passes) for the Pacers and Colts. And new items are arriving daily.

Already have plans? That’s OK — just stay home on a different night. This time of year, the downtime is well worth the price of a ticket ($75 per household or $150 per VIP household).

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Proceeds will support HAND’s housing-development, home-repair and community-building programs.

HAND appoints interim leadership team

HAND, Inc.  has named its interim leadership team. Andrea Muirragui Davis will serve as the Interim Executive Director, and Rebekah Metzger as the Interim Deputy Director. Keith Broadnax, current Vice President for HAND, will take a more active role in the day-to-day activities of the organization. Ms. Davis and Ms. Metzger are already transitioning into their new roles and will take over for outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Miller on Nov. 4.

Andrea DavisMs. Davis has been with HAND since October 2016 and currently serves as the Outreach and Fundraising Manager, handling communications and philanthropic fundraising. Prior to joining HAND, Ms. Davis worked for Indianapolis Business Journal, The Florida Times-Union and the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, SERVE Noblesville and the Hamilton County Council on Aging.

Rebekah MetzgerMs. Metzger joined HAND in 2017 as the Program Manager overseeing construction projects and development grants. Prior to joining HAND, she worked for the John Boner Neighborhood Center, AYS, Inc. and Wonderlab in Bloomington, IN.  She is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional. 

Keith BroadnaxMr. Broadnax has been a volunteer with HAND since 2017. He has worked in the community economic development industry for over 20 years and has considerable experience working with Community Development Corporations. Mr. Broadnax has an undergraduate degree in Business and Sociology from Northern Kentucky University and a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University.

The new leadership team looks forward to working with the board and the community to strengthen HAND’s mission and to continue to provide high-quality housing for the 120 people currently living in HAND developments.

HAND’s annual fundraiser, Stay Home for HAND, is Nov. 9.  Proceeds support the organization’s housing-development, home-repair and community-building programs. HAND works to ensure that the suburbs remain livable, with homes that are affordable for all residents.

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Founded in 2003 as Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc., HAND’s mission is to be a leader in promoting prosperity and diversity in its communities by providing quality housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

HAND saying goodbye to Executive Director

Noblesville-based HAND Inc. is announcing the departure of Executive Director Jennifer Miller, as of Nov. 1, 2019. 

Jennifer MillerJennifer has been with HAND since 2016. She led the organization through a period of collaborative growth, including an expansion into Boone County and the formation of the Hamilton County Home Repair Partnership with Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County and the former Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County.

“I am very proud of the work we have accomplished in the last three years and look forward to seeing how HAND grows in the future,” Miller said. “The need for affordable housing options only increases each year in our communities. I will continue to support HAND and its partners in these efforts.”

Over the next few months, HAND’s Board of Directors will be conducting a search to fill the position.

“Jennifer stepped into her leadership role at HAND during a time of significant organizational transition. She has worked tirelessly to further enhance HAND’s reputation and partnerships,” said Board President Cory Daly. “As unfortunate as this announcement is, our remaining staff at HAND is well prepared to continue building upon the strong foundation Jennifer has laid and continue our important mission.”

During this transition period, it is the goal of the organization to find the best individual while still maintaining services and moving ahead with development projects.

Founded in 2003 as Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc., HAND’s mission is to be a leader in promoting prosperity and diversity in its communities by providing quality housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

So far, HAND has invested more than $21 million in suburban housing and $480,000 in home repairs.

Woda Cooper opens historic school for sneak peek

Many thanks to developer Woda Cooper Cos. for opening up its future Blackhawk Commons development in Sheridan for tours on Aug. 16.

Elected officials, HAND supporters and Sheridan residents were thrilled to get a behind-the-scenes look as the former Adams Township School is transformed into affordable apartments.

HAND was a consultant on the project, helping Woda Cooper secure the necessary approvals and facilitating a $300,000 contribution from Hamilton County that will allow the historic gym to be preserved as community meeting space.

When it opens late this year, Blackhawk Commons will rent 32 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments to low-income residents.

Check out some photos from the event:

Tour groups got a look at the work in progress.

Tour groups got a look at the work in progress.

The old gym is being preserved.

The historic gym is being preserved as community space.

Woda Cooper's Nick Surak shares plans for Blackhawk Commons.

Woda Cooper’s Nick Surak shares plans for Blackhawk Commons.

Crews have discovered plenty of pieces of the past.

Crews have discovered plenty of pieces of the past.

Apartments are being built where classrooms and offices once stood.

Apartments are being built where classrooms and offices once stood.

Support HAND’s #housing4all fundraising campaign

Fundraising envelopes

HAND Inc. launched its first #housing4all fundraising campaign on Aug. 16 at a hard-hat tour of the future Blackhawk Commons affordable apartment community in Sheridan.

Proceeds from the online fundraiser, which runs through Nov. 15, will support HAND’s existing affordable housing programs and program development.

To participate, donors visit a website where they can choose to give $1 to $150. So far, most contributors have chosen a number that is meaningful to them—and many have shared the reason for the gift.

Aili McGill gave $13For example, HAND board member Ali McGill gave $13 because “I have been a homeowner in Noblesville for 13 years. I was very lucky to find a home that I could afford, and mine required a ton of sweat-equity,” she wrote. “I think it’s vital that our communities make an effort to provide safe, healthy, affordable housing for everyone, and that’s why I’m supporting this cause.”

If every number between 1 and 150 is chosen—and the corresponding donation made—HAND will receive about $10,000 to support ongoing operations.

Established as a nonprofit in 2003, HAND owns eight affordable rental communities that lease nearly 140 units in Hamilton and Boone counties.

Check out the #housing4all fundraising page now.

We appreciate your support!