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A Partnership That Works For Those In Need

If there is anything we have learned in our 20+ years of helping people, it’s a fact
the more we give to those in need, the more donations we receive back.

If you are one of those donors, Thank You.
Not exactly Luke 6:38 but we believe it'
s a God thing!  |  Why we do what we do: Matthew 25:34-46
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HRH-HHOOT has been an IRS 501 (c)(3) since August 2008.
VSC has been an IRS 501 (c)(3) since January 2016
Click Here to learn how you can Volunteer or Donate to HHOOT's Distribution Center (HDC)

Getting it to HDC's Warehouse

Chris Robinett's grandson, future HHOOT volunteer Mustard Seed bed pick-up with HVAF Don & Charlie at CVS warehouse with Mike making a pick-up Charlie using Habitat for Humanity's forklift Good News Mission helps us unload our truck of Donations from Midwest Foods Picking up Donations at Midwest Food Bank Donations coming into HHOOT VSC worked with Downtown Indy to help Horizon House with clothing & food drive  Donations in to HHOOT HHOOT picking up donations at HVAF

Helping Heroes of America prepares boxes to get it to our Troops Overseas

HHOOT's Brochure

HDC's Intro Letter

Flea Market & Free Stuff

PowerPoint Presentation

HDC's Sign-Up Sheet

Donate to HRH-HHOOT

Don Hawkins started working with Joyce & Charlie Yant and formed Hands of Hope Ministries in 2000, who was serving the Homeless every Saturday morning in downtown Indy.  In 2002 he started working as a volunteer with Indiana's Prisons, Work Release Centers, Community Corrections Corp., GEO, Liberty Hall, Jails, Inmates, and ex-offenders.  He was also on several DOC Community Advisory Boards.  He participated in numerous prison ministries, clothes drives, electronics drives, mentoring, etc.  He then founder Homeless & ReEntry Helpers (HRH) in 2004 and incorporated it in 2008.  He founded Helpers Helping Others Outreach Team (HHOOT) in 2011 and has been serving/helping Indy's Homeless, ExOffenders & Veterans since then.

In 2011 HRH-HHOOT partnered with the Mayors' Advisory Council for Veterans (MACV) to help with the Mayor's first "Veterans Appreciation Day" event at the American Legion Mall. In 2014 Veterans Support Council, Inc. (VSC) was incorporated.  HRH was VSC's second Partner (MACV was the first). Since then, HRH-HHOOT & VSC have shared and maintained offices and warehouse space to help those in need, including Indy's Veterans, Military, and their families.  HHOOT's Distribution Center (HDC) was incorporated on the 11th of September 2019.

Below are pictures of our warehouse and just some of the many partners, donors, helpers, volunteers, and ministries that help HRH & VSC serve those in immediate need through HHOOT's Distribution Center (HDC).

HRH & VSC's Warehouse 
2457 E Washington St (View map - We are behind 30 S Temple Ave)
HHOOT's Distribution Center is Not a Food Pantry.

To find a food pantry near you, please call 2-1-1 or (866) 211-9966 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We only serve Agencies or individuals accompanied by an Agency, and we only have drinks & non-perishable food items.

We do not have perishable food items like bread, milk, eggs, cheese, butter, meat, baked items, vegetables, or fruit of any kind.
We Help Our Partners Help Others 
Packages delivered to Bahrain, South Korea & Poland by Helping Heroes of American. Items were from HRH & HHOOT VSC, HRH & HHOOT's Welcome sign at the Temple Street Entrance Packages delivered to Bahrain, South Korea & Poland by Helping Heroes of American. Items were from HRH & HHOOT
Jack Williams with Changing Footprints and  IMPD NW District Officers receiving  donated (from HDC) emergency food packs for their squad cards to help those in need Bonnie at Old Bethel Church
Veterans helping deliver 125 food boxes to Veterans families Packages delivered to Bahrain, South Korea & Poland by Helping Heroes of American. Items were from HRH & HHOOT Jerry Morgan working with Veterans Posts to distribute food and gift cards from the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Charlie helping Carlos' ministry with a load of drinks and non-perishable food items

Midwest Food Bank

Lions Club Logo

Second Helpings Logo

CVS Pharmacy Logo

Kids & families helped by Bob Woodruff Foundation

Kathy Griffin & her ReEntry Team from Pendleton Industrial Facility delivering blankets for the Homeless

Soldiers in Afghanistan with the boxes of goodies from HHOOT's Distribution Center that Helping Heroes of America sent to them.

VSC delivering drinks and snacks to a new women's shelter in Clay City Indiana

AL Post 34 Post Commander Eli Hinkel  making a pick-up Disabled American Veterans making a pick-up
Our Donors, Partners, Helpers & Volunteers
Volunteers making a pick-up for Officer Davis Moore's Food Pantry David Sassman & Don Hawkins accepting a $2,500 donation from American Legion Post 64 Another day at the warehouse with Brown Bag Ministries a 10+ year Partner with HRH-HHOOT Amanda from Helping Heroes of America making a pick-up
Humble Impressions making a pick upDowntown Indy, Indianapolis Indians Mascot & VSC on the Circle to help the Homeless food and clothing drive Vietnamese Group and Carlos Group getting ready to serve our homeless Old Don & Justin picking up and dropping offThe gang from Servant's Heart of Indy
The Crane House making a pick-up Brown Bag Ministries making a delivery to the Carine House Volunteers from Brown Bag Ministries ShaLaw Dream Builders
IN Department of Corrections delivers blankets made by the inmates for the homeless Stuffed Animals from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program Clare and her Brown Bag Ministries Wolunteers Carlos and his family of Volunteers
The Blended Church Volunteers Volunteers sorting donations from CVS Don Hawkins & Davis Sassman accepting a donation from American Legion Commanders IndyVeterans.com & VSC passing our items at the Helping Heroes of America event
VSC accepting Turkey donations for Thanksgiving Ron Martin from the VFW donating packages to VSC & HRH
Shalaw Dream Builders Shalaw Dream Builders
Our Warehouse
Personal Hygiene Items from CVS warehouse Over the counter medicine Items from CVS warehouse warehouse storage Warehouse storage area
Chips, crackers, cookies & cereal Baby formula, baby & adult diapers Baby formula & baby food Beauty supply items
Storage Racks Section 1 of VSC & HRH's warehouse Section 3 at VSC & HRH's warehouse Section 2 of HRH & VSC's warehouse
Section 6 of VSC & HRH's warehouse - Thy Lyons Club donates reading glasses to those in need Section 6 of VSC & HHRH's warehouse Section 7 of VSC & HRH's warehouse - Men's suits from the Men's Warehouse Sorting Area
Overload at our warehouse Women's products & Adult diapers Blankets, Sleeping Bags & Mats Section 4 of VSC & HRH's warehouse
New donations in staging area Incoming donations from CVS We stock Military MRE's for emergencies New donations
We need totes to store some food items A limited amount of clothing and condiments  may be available Non-Perishable Food Items in small totes Last row of racks finally added
Beds donated from Indiana University to HRH Coats & Jackets Hospital Beds, canes, walkers & crutches Overload at our warehouse

Suppliers, Events, & Partners HDC Supports &  Shares Resources with:


  • Second Helpings - donate & receive
  • Midwest Food Bank - donate & receive
  • Lions Club - donate
  • CVS Distribution Center - donate
  • Teachers Treasurers - donate & receive
  • Third Phase Women's Shelter - donate & receive
  • The Julian Center - donate & receive
  • Wal Mart - seasonal donations
  • Target - seasonal donations


  • Carmel 4th of July Parade
  • Horizon Fellowship - Summer Camp
  • Helping Heroes of America Bike Ride
  • Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day
  • Marine Corps League
  • HVAF's Standdown
  • VVA - Vietnam Veterans of America
  • IN Legislative Day
  • IN Veterans Day Parade - Downtown
  • IN War Memorial meetings
  • DAV - Disabled American Vets
  • Honor and Help
  • Southport Key Club - backpacks for seniors & the homeless
  • Downtown Indy on the Circle - clothing & food drive to help Indy's homeless
  • Welcome, Home Vietnam - First delivery of The "Gift."
  • DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution events

(Revised 14Dec21 at 1655)

Partners & Providers:

  • AL - American Legion Post #3
  • AL - American Legion Post #34
  • AL - American Legion Post #64
  • AL - American Legion Post #276
  • AL - American Legion Post #360
  • AL - American Legion Post #497
  • AL - American Legion Post #500
  • AL - American Legion Post #510
  • AVSC - American Veteran Services
  • Brown Bag Ministries - Street Outreach
    • Brownsburg Blessing Boxes
    • Hendricks County Family Promise
    • Cords of Love
    • Ophelia's Purses
    • Single Parent Commission
    • Roberts Park UMS - feeding the homeless
    • Peyton Manning's Children's Hospital
    • Wheeler Women's Mission - personal care items
    • Crane House - personal care items
    • Seeds of Hope, Inc.
    • Speedway Shark Plugs - Swim Team, snacks for their meets 
  • Changing Footprints - South
  • City Life - Central Indiana Youth For Christ
  • Cornerstone Luthern Church
  • Country Side Nursing Homes
  • Crane House for Women
  • David Moore Pantry
  • DAV - Disabled American Veterans - Greenwood
  • Dove Recovery House for Women
  • Easterseals Crossroads
  • Family First
  • FIDO - Pet Food Pantry
  • Fletcher Place Community Center
  • Food4Soul – Street Outreach
  • Foundation Ministries
  • Friendship MBC
  • Gails Thrift Store
  • Glory Baptist Church
    • Foundation Ministries
  • Good News Mission
  • Habitat for Humanity - Work Crews
  • HDM Helping Hands
  • Helping Heroes of America
  • Horizon House - Day Center
  • Humble Impressions
  • HVAF - Hoosier Veterans and Families
    • Veterans Villa

Partners & Providers (cont.):

  • IFD - Fire Houses
  • IMPD - District Neighborhood Offices
  • Indiana Army National Guard
  • Indiana Legal Services
  • Indy Vet House
  • Indy Veterans.com
  • Irreverent Warriors - Indiana
  • IUPUI Ofice of Military & Veterans Personnel
  • Julian Center for Women
  • Lady of Lords Cub Scout Pack
  • Martin Center
  • MWF Enterprise - Heroes Without A Home
  • Mt Olive Baptist Church
  • Mustard Seed
  • Near East Side Troopers Youth Center
  • Nest Christian Youth Center
  • NGAI - National Guard Association of Indiana
  • Officer David Moore Food Pantry
  • Old Bethel Food Pantry
  • Our Mission is to Win Souls
  • Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Onyx Team - Street Outreach
  • Outreach, Inc.
  • Pathway to Recovery
  • Power of God Ministries
  • Pride Academy Child Care
  • Progress House
  • Queen of Peach
  • Servant's Heart – Street Outreach
  • Shalaw Dream Builders
  • Shepherd Community Center
  • Sister Soldier Network
  • SOCS - So Others Can Survive
  • Southeastern Community Center
  • SAA - Grace Church
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • Third Phase Women’s Shelter
  • Union Auto Worker #933
  • Vet to Vet
    • Jose Flores
  • VFW - District 10
  • VFW - Post #98
  • VFW - Post #261
  • VFW - Post #1587
  • VFW - Post #2587
  • VFW - Post #2839
  • VFW - Post #7119 
  • VFW - Post #10003
  • VFW - Post #5864 
  • VOA - Volunteers of America
  • VOA Holms Ave
  • VOA E 10th St
  • Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
  • Wheeler Mission - Men-on Delaware
  • Wheeler Mission - Men-on Ohio
  • Wheeler Mission - Women-on Michigan
Above is a partial list of organizations and agencies that HRH, HHOOT & VSC have been working with for years in one way or another.  We all share what we get so nothing goes to waste from the donations we collectively receive from our suppliers, vendors and donors.

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Monthly Donors
  • Don Hawkins
  • General Carol Mutter
  • Charlie Kootz
  • Donn Williams
  • Clare Osborn
  • Andrea & the Kids (Brown Bag)
  • JL Hair Rentals
  • Ann B Adcook
  • Jose Flores, Vet to Vet
  • Veterans Support Council. Inc.
Single Donors
  • American Legion Post #510
    • Paul Norton & Hal Daniels
  • Patrick Sweeney
  • Thomas Bromstrup
  • Barry Styles
  • Humble Impressions
    • Rebecca Pardue
  • Concrete Pour & Core, Inc.
    • Chris Robinett
  • Gordon Smith
  • American Legion Post #276
  • Paul (Ponytail) Cauley & G.G. Bedwell
      In Memoriam of Mark Cauley
  • American Legion Post #64

Below are earlier pictures from HRH & HHOOT's old Warehouse & HHOOT's Diner.

HRH & HHOOT served hot meals (averaging from 75 to 110 people, 7 days a week from 3-6 PM) plus handed out clothing, and personal hygiene items to our homeless friends for over ten years at our old location on E. Michigan St. before we lost our lease in the Spring of 2017. 
In the Summer of 2017, we moved to our new 6,500 sqft warehouse at 2457 E. Washington St. where we continued the clothing and personal hygiene giveaway program.  A few months later we added services that offered Veterans organizations, street ministries and professional agencies, with water, sodas, Gatorade, chips, snacks, non-perishable food items, and other things they could distribute to our homeless friends and others in need.
Group of Volunteers Thanksgiving Diner at the old HHOOT's Diner Group of Volunteers
Horizon Christin Church cooking for one of our events A night a HHOOT's Diner Where we kept our shoes for the homeless Where we kept our Hygeine items
HHOOT's Diner at 920 E Michigan St Old Clothing Pantry - we had 12 racks of clothes A Night at HHOOT's Diner Lining up outside HHOOT's Diner
One of our volunteer groups One of our volunteer geroups One of our volunteer groups Group of original volunteers
Don Hawkins being interviewed by the press Empire Beauty Collège used to cut hair once a month for the homeless Group of volunteers Group of Boy Scout volunteers
We held 3 weddings and 4 funeral services at HHOOT's Diner over the years Don Hawkins & Kathy Albright helping relocate some homeless friends Group of Volunteers HRH held several outside events every year
HHOOT's Diner at 918 E Michigan St Gene Miller & Pastor Trey Davis of Cornerstone Church Volunteers at HHOOT's Diner Dining outside HHOOT's Diner

Information on Past HRH & HHOOT Projects

Food Pantry Information in Indy

Don Hawkins Vietnam & Family Pictures
Don Hawkins, Vietnam 66-68 Don Hawkins with VMO-6, Office Don Hawkins with HMM-262 CH-46's Don Hawkins with Mom (Fern), and Sisters Judy & Nona
Don Hawkins with VMO-6 UH-1 Gunner Don Hawkins at one of the orphanages we took clothes and toys to Don Hawkins at one of the orphanages we took clothes and toys to Earl Hawkins my Dad

For Medical or Physical Emergencies:

  • New -  dial 988 - By dialing 988 your call will be immediately routed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
    • The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) is always available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally.,
  • If you or someone you are helping is hurt or in imminent danger, please get to a phone and dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or facing a crisis, dial 2-1-1 in Indy or 1-(866) 211-9966 for immediate help.
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence, dial 1-(800) 332-7385 in Indy for help.

For Non-Emergencies:

  • If you are a Veteran, or a family member of a Veteran, in search of information on how to get goods or services you/they may need, you can dial 2-1-1 or contact one of the Service Providers or Veterans Organizations listed on our "Resources" page.
  • Cellphone users in Marion County may now dial 3-1-1 to reach the non-emergency line for IMPD and other Marion County dispatchers. The non-emergency phone number for callers using landlines is (317) 327-3811.

Please Note:

  • VSC is not a provider of any financial assistance or direct services other than Information and Referrals on where to get goods, services, programs, and benefits for Veterans, the Military, and their families.


  • This is a private website and is NOT affiliated with any U.S. government or U.S. Armed Forces agencies.
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