HAMILTON COUNTY, IN – SNAP, a strategic initiative created by Legacy Fund focusing on adolescent substance use and abuse in Hamilton County has become a part of Promising Futures of Central Indiana.
Established in 2004, SNAP was founded as a way of publicly addressing – and curtailing – increases in substance use and abuse in Hamilton County. It was created to increase awareness of the issue in Hamilton County along with resources for those seeking help, and to begin a culture shift in how the community views, and responds to, substance use and abuse. Strategically, the initiative sought to foster collaborative relationships between agencies including Promising Futures of Central Indiana, community groups, parents and others in an effort to stem the problem.
“Creating SNAP as a standalone agency gave us the opportunity to focus on very specific and serious issues confronting our young people and build important partnerships,” said Liz Tate, vice president for grants, Central Indiana Community Foundation. “Integrating SNAP into Promising Futures will lead to additional effectiveness and efficiencies for this campaign, and that will ultimately help our children and our community.”
Promising Futures of Central Indiana has served Hamilton County since 1973, and has evolved in response to community needs to provide programs to meet the physical, social, emotional, educational and self-discovery needs at-risk youth and their families in Hamilton and surrounding counties. A private not for profit agency whose residential programs are licensed by the Department of Child Services, Promising Futures of Central Indiana is also a partnering agency with United Way of Central Indiana and served 150 families and more than 400 individuals in 2009.