By Renee Larr
Safe Families for Children will host its 12th annual golf outing May 15 at the Bridgewater Country Club, 3535 E 161st St., to benefit families in crisis.
“We are a child welfare organization, and our mission is to strengthen families and care for children when families cannot,” said Beth Bishop, director of communications, fundraising and development for Safe Families. “The way we do that is we place children into host families for a temporary period of time to give parents the time and space they need to get back on their feet. So, when a family is facing some sort of crisis, we come along and have a network of host families that take kids in for a temporary period of time to allow parents the time and space they need to take care of whatever the immediate crisis may be.”
The cost to participate is $1,000 for a foursome and $250 per individual. Hole sponsorships are available for $300. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch.
“Tee off is at 12:30 p.m. They will play, and we do have several contests throughout the day,” Bishop said. “Then afterwards, we will have a little banquet to recognize that and to talk about Safe Families and what we do. We will provide a light dinner. It will be a full day of events. It’s always a great day of people having fun.”
All the money raised will go directly toward building short-term and long-term relationships with families at risk.
“Most of us have family or friends we can call on if you have a medical crisis, but the families we work with on a daily basis don’t have that kind of support system they can call on,” Bishop said. “When they have a crisis or when they face unemployment, they don’t have a trustworthy support system. We try to build that community support system for them. We intervene for that immediate crisis but we also want to a long-term support system for them.”
Guests can register as an early bird before April 14 for $900 per foursome and $225 per individual. To sign up, visit indianapolis.safe-families.org.