Community Connection Tuesday March 10th



Faith Hope and Love Community, Inc.


“Faith Hope and Love Community aims to be a catalyst for change by engaging in relationships with food insecure neighbors on their path to self-sufficiency through missional food pantry training”.


Merlin Gonzales – CEO of the Faith Hope and Love Community Inc.


1100 West 42nd Street, Ste.365 Indianapolis, IN 46208

317-572-5793 or


Help Make A Difference For College Students!

Taking food donations NOW – April 1st at The Renal Departments of IU Health. 550 N University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202


“48% of 2-year college students and 41% of 4-year college students are food insecure (Goldrick-Rab nation study in 2018). 12.5% of the general population, 13/3% in Indiana and 17.4% in Marion County are food insecure (Feeding America in 2019).”

Faith Hope and Love Community, Inc. Food Drive…/hunger-in-edu-food-drive-we…/


Results to a survey/study focussing on the effectiveness of the City County Council!

The Authors of a very recently released survey from the IU Public Policy Institute join us live on Community Connection.

Read the full report here:…/stories/council-effectiven…

“Through their research, four key areas of improvement emerged:

Better utilize technology to connect with constituents. The council could make better use of technology to communicate with stakeholders and should consider reviewing its website to improve navigation to information. Additionally, the council should consider how to enhance access for residents who can’t use the council’s online platforms.

Increase strategic outreach and public communication. The council should consider engaging in outreach efforts with constituents by working with media, creating newsletters, and using social media to offer substantive council updates.

Maximize operating efficiency by considering staffing and compensation levels. The limited number of paid staff members may impact how much the council can achieve in a given year. Furthermore, increased compensation may allow those elected to devote more time to serving constituents.

Review strategies to engage and collaborate with local agencies and organizations. Interviews with city-county agency leaders showed they wanted to both learn from and educate councilors on issues specific to their agencies.”

Show Guests:

Dr. Cullen Merritt- IU Public Policy Institute Researcher(IUPUI)

Dr. Amanda Rutherford – IU Public Policy Institute Researcher (Bloomington)

The Newly Appointed IMPD East District Commander Rick Riddle joined us on Community Connection.

The Commander will let us know his plans for the East District.

There are approximately 207 sword in officers in the East District.



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