News and Tribune

March 7, 2014

Public may donate, participate at Hope Southern Indiana


NEW ALBANY — New board members, a matching grant, and an ongoing lineup of activities and services for the community headline news from Hope Southern Indiana, the Christ-focused ministry serving the whole community and based in New Albany.


Four area professionals have been elected to two-year, renewable terms on Hope’s board of directors: Joe Dones, owner/pharmacist at Mathes Pharmacy; Karen Hanger, owner/publisher of Southern Indiana Living magazine; Jerry Leonard, executive director of community operations for Hosparus; and John Whitbeck, business banker with MainSource Bank.

The following board officers were reelected: Vern Eswine, president; the Rev. Doug Grant, vice president; Peg Harmeling, secretary; and Matt Neely, treasurer. Other board members are Ruth Heideman, Mark Ketterer, Robert Kleehamer, Paul Moses and Jyll Stuart. Hope Southern Indiana Executive Director Christine Harbeson is an ex-officio member.

Hope Southern Indiana, which is located at 1200 Bono Road in the Brown-Starks Neighborhood Place, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving Southern Indiana. As a connector between the churches and the community, Hope serves as a collaborator and partner in dozens of ways for the stability of area families and individuals.


The food pantry at Hope serves thousands of individuals and families throughout the year. During March and April, a portion of all cash and food items donated will be matched by the Feinstein Challenge Grant from the national Feinstein Family Foundation that gives $1 million to such non-profits each year to fight hunger. Last year, donations to Hope prompted a grant of several hundred dollars, which was used for the pantry.

The public is encouraged to bring non-perishable and cash donations to Hope earmarked with a Feinstein Match designation, and the following items are specifically requested: boxed spaghetti; canned peas; peanut butter; trail mix; granola bars; all kinds of beans, canned fruits, and meats; soups; cereal; and canned tomatoes.


Numerous activities and assistance are offered at Hope throughout each month. Please call or stop by to learn about additional, non-recurring workshops and activities.

Mondays -- Private financial counseling by appointment.

Second Tuesday -- “Refreshment for the Soul” tea from 1 to 2 p.m.

Wednesdays and Thursdays — Recovery counseling by appointment.

Fourth Wednesday — Ministers’ Munch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various locations. The casual fellowship over lunch (each pays for his or her own) is open to all area ministers. Information is included in Hope’s monthly newsletter.

First Friday — Recovery support group from noon to 1 p.m.

Third Friday — Seniors Gathering and Sharing from 12:15 to 2 p.m.

Third Saturday — Circle of Praise women’s retreat from 3 to 7 p.m.


For more details about any events and activities, call Hope Southern Indiana at 812-948-9248 or log onto