No young person should be homeless in Indianapolis

Join Stopover on our mission to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness in our city.

Strategic Vision

To make youth and young adult homelessness in Indianapolis a thing of the past.
Youth and young adult homelessness is not a new crisis. We’ve been on this mission for 50 years. But we’re happy to report that as a community, Indianapolis is taking bold new steps to serve the needs of these young people—and it’s working!

As an organization that shelters and houses youth and young adults, we have a pivotal role to play in stopping the cycle of recurring homelessness before it takes hold of a young person’s future.

National data and new prevention models tell us that if we can intervene when a person is young, provide supportive connections to caring adults, and guide them toward age-appropriate resources, we can greatly improve their chances of becoming productive, contributing members of our community.

That’s good for them, and it’s good for our city.
Community action works
Between 2018 and 2019, there was a
reduction in the number of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.
“Young people often become who they’re told they are.
For many of the young people we serve, the message they’ve heard is that who they are or who they want to be is wrong. Our job is to be that voice in their ear that tells them otherwise. That helps lift them up so they can see their potential, believe in themselves, and follow their ambitions.”
—Amber Ames
Executive Director

What is possible with your help

The work we do depends on the commitment and generosity of others. Here are some of the ways we use your financial support to further the impact of our mission.
  • Grow and invest our resources, so we’re able to adequately respond to young people’s needs in our program.
  • Recruit, train, and retain qualified staff and volunteers.
  • Build capacity to expand our work to help more young people succeed.
  • Design new programs, informed by the voices of the young people we serve.
  • Practice good stewardship to sustain our programs when times are tough and earn the trust of those who generously support us.
  • Maintain our Indianapolis properties so we can provide a home-like environment and be good neighbors.
  • Share our mission and the community’s efforts with others.

What Your Individual Donation Provides


Personal Care Package


31-Day Bus Pass


RRH Move-In Kit


Household Groceries for a Week
The single most effective way to assist the youth and young adults in crisis at Stopover is to financially support our mission. Please consider a financial donation to help us continue this important work.
Make a one-time or recurring donation:
Donate Now

Planned Giving

To make a lasting impact on the lives of young people and support our long-term mission, please consider speaking with your financial advisor about planned giving opportunities such as the following:
  • Donor-Advised Funds
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Wills & Estates
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Endowments

Our Most Urgent Needs

Our households are much like yours. There are everyday items needed to care for our young people and sustain our programs. Here are some things you or your organization can provide. Please call us to arrange a drop-off or pick-up or purchase from our Amazon Wish List.

Hygiene Supplies

Bath Soap
Ethnic Hair Care Products
Cotton Balls
Facial Cleanser
Feminine Hygiene Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Dish soap
Toilet cleaner
Window cleaner
Air deodorizer
Floor cleaner

Laundry Supplies

Laundry detergent
Fabric softener
Dryer sheets
Trash Bags

Paper Goods

Toilet paper
Paper towels
Facial tissues


Full Size Bath Towels 
Hand Towels 
Face Clothes 
Twin Size Sheets 
Twin Size Comforters


(All Sizes Male and Female)
School uniforms
Polo Shirts
Jackets and coats


Canned & fresh fruit
Canned & fresh vegetables
Canned & fresh meat
Breakfast cereal & bars
Single-serve hot cereal
Milk & Juice
Bottled Water

School Supplies

Pens and Pencils

Employment Tools

Alarm clocks
Interview & work attire
Bus Passes

One-Time Needs

Laptops (4)
Wireless Printer
Microwave hood and range

Educate and Advocate

One of the most powerful ways you can support our mission is to help us educate others.

The stigma associated with homelessness can be as damaging to a young person’s future as the trauma of living through it.

Feeling misunderstood and being treated as though they’ve chosen to be homeless often prevents young people from seeking help. When in reality, no young person DECIDES to be without a loving family, a safe home, or a promising future.

Most, if not all, of the young people we serve are fleeing violence, poverty, or abuse. Many have been discarded or neglected by those they should have been able to count on.

By learning more about the root causes of youth homelessness and sharing what you know in conversations, on social media, and with those in power, you can help us to build a more compassionate community response.
Reasons a Young Person might become homeless
  • Family poverty or residential instability
  • Domestic violence
  • Substance abuse in the home
  • Rejection of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Aging out of foster care.
  • Barriers to education and employment
  • Pregnancy
  • Extreme disconnection from family, education, or networks of support
  • Death, incarceration, or disappearance of a parent

Get Involved

If you or your organization are interested in volunteering, we’d love to hear from you. Our volunteer needs change throughout the year, so please check all areas that interest you and we’ll be in touch!