Dayspring Center has been chosen as the Colts charity of the week. This comes at the perfect time as the shelter was struggling to keep its doors open just a few weeks ago. About 14 families call the shelter home at any given time. Its run completely off of donations. This year donations decreased putting the executed board in a financial crisis.
"When those donations drop off or maybe someone isn't able to give as much that really has an effect on the services we are able to provide," said Executive Director, Lori Casson.
Dayspring Center is the only local shelter that takes in entire families without separating them. With many families facing unemployment of low wages, the need quickly outpaced the resources.
"The need for homeless families is really growing. We receive over 400 calls per month for families who are looking for shelter," said Casson.
Although Dayspring is in the clear now the Colts will host a fundraiser this Sunday to help collect extra cash to keep operations running.
"We're very excited to welcome Dayspring to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday and give them an opportunity to not only collect donations but also just raise awareness about what they're doing," said Colts Marketing Director, Stephanie Pemberton.
Volutneers with Dayspring will be set up at the entry gates collecting monetary donations. So even if you're not going into the game you can bring a contribution. The colts say this effort is more than a game.
"We also have a responsibility to give back and to serve and to give back to the community that has given us so much over the years," said Pemberton.
Beyond monetary donations the shelter is also in need of diapers, hygiene products and new linen. Those items can be dropped off directly to the shelter at 1537 Central Avenue in Indianapolis.