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About Rita’s Hope Foundation
The idea Rita had was to have the sleeping bags sewn into another type carry bag so that they were never separated and the sleeping bag could be rolled into the outer bag and carried as a backpack. In addition there would be a smaller bag sewn into the sleeping bag which was full of toiletries and rain ponchos. A couple of weeks later three of Rita sisters came to visit and Rita mentioned the idea to them. Shortly thereafter, the sisters returned to Indianapolis to visit but this time they had fabric, sewing equipment and toiletries ready to begin her project. After making a handful of them Tom, Rita and their grandson, Eli delivered them to Wheeler Mission Homeless Shelter for Women and Children. This shelter allows the homeless to stay indoors from 5pm until 8am during the coldest of months but they still live under bridges, in alleys and near the river. The shelter assured Rita that the sleeping bags would be distributed to those people and a partnership was formed. They were told that these sleeping bags would actually be some of these women’s prized possessions. The sisters continued to make more of these and they were also given to Wheeler Mission. In the meantime several other homeless shelters were contacted and it has become very obvious that there was a need for the sleeping bags for the large homeless population in the Indianapolis area. Rita’s hope was to provide at least a little bit of comfort for those who have no home and must sleep on the ground. From that point Rita’s Hope Foundation, Inc. was founded.
PO Box 337, Fishers, IN 46038
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