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Secretly Canadian sells music to help homeless families in Bloomington

Secretly Canadian chose to honor his past by helping New hope for families prepare for the future.

Over the past nine months, the record label has led a campaign to raise $ 150,000 for New Hope, which provides emergency shelter and child care services to families affected by homelessness. Through this campaign, more than two dozen artists from around the world have reissued parts of their catalog or released new material to help Bloomington families of all shapes and sizes stay together amid tumultuous life changes.

The net proceeds will go to the new facility in New Hope, which is expected to open in the coming months.

The fundraising idea was conceived by Secretly Canadian co-founder Ben Swanson as a way to celebrate the independent label’s 25th anniversary. According to Swanson, the team wanted to recognize their own past, which had its humble beginnings here in Bloomington, but the traditional route of having a music festival or party didn’t seem quite right.

“If we’re going to put a lot of energy into something, I wanted it to be useful,” Swanson told the Herald-Times. “What can we do to celebrate what we’ve been doing over the past 25 years (and) what we hope to do over the next 25 years as well as really focusing some kind of philanthropic effort on a hyperlocal level? ”

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At the same time, Swanson said he has started to study the impact of homelessness on families, especially in this region. Swanson quickly reached out to Emily Pike, executive director of New Hope, who explained how this national problem persists in Secretly Canadian’s hometown.

New shelter, expanded daycare

“(Homelessness) has a huge impact on families and children,” Pike said.

According to The most recent point data from Indiana, 36 families with 70 children are homeless in County Monroe at one time.

Pike said a family’s experience of homelessness is often tied to the birth of a new child. Pike noted that people in the United States are most likely to experience homelessness in the first year of their life; the second most likely age period is the one before the age of 6.

“It’s a financially tough time and it’s a logistically tough time and all of these things are tough, and so we understand that it can often mean that families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Pike. “When we don’t have a strong safety net in place and, in particular, we don’t have enough affordable housing available, it can lead to an episode of homelessness.”

While there are many services and resources available to address homelessness, they can lead to family separation. Men and women are often separated in shelters. The children stay with the guardian in a shelter or are registered with a foster family.

“Foster families are sure to be important and protect children, but most of the time children affected by homelessness are in no danger other than not having a safe place to live.” , Pike said.

The family shelter building under construction for New Hope for Families can be seen on Friday along West Patterson Drive.

New Hope serves families in their self-definition. Along with the nuclear family model, many families consist of single parents, unmarried couples, same-sex parents, custodial grandparents, transgender parents or guardians, etc.

“Part of what makes us successful is recognizing that families come in all shapes and sizes and that every family needs a different solution,” said Pike.

New Hope for Families is the only local organization providing emergency housing for families to stay together as they navigate the system and plan their next steps.

Most families in New Hope only stay there for less than three months before moving into an apartment. Last year in the state of Indiana, 39% of people who stayed in homeless shelters moved into a place with a lease in their name. At New Hope, that number was 81%.

Almost four years ago, Pike said New Hope made a commitment not to let a single family sleep outside, live in their car, or be separated from each other in order to receive services in Monroe County. If its shelter was at full capacity, New Hope would pay for a family to live in a hotel.

But the cost of this program adds up. Typically, it costs $ 45 per night in New Hope to house a family and provide support services such as case management, job and housing search, and any recovery resources a family may have. need. A hotel for a family costs $ 63 a night; with the addition of these support services, that adds up to over $ 100 per night for a family.

The hotel program costs around $ 30,000 per year in the absence of a pandemic. However, last year there were an overwhelming number of calls in New Hope from families in need of housing, so the program ended up costing over $ 150,000.

New Hope is currently located along West Second Street near the former IU Health Bloomington Hospital. But as it transitions to its new facility at the intersection of South Morton Street and West Grimes Lane / Patterson Drive, New Hope will increase its accommodation capacity from seven to 12 families and expand its child care service from 16 to 48 children.

Child care buildings under construction for New Hope for Families can be seen on Friday along South Morton Street at the corner of West Grimes Lane / Patterson Drive.

Many organizations and businesses helped fund the $ 5.75 million facility, including the Smithville Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Bloomington Township, and Secretly Canadian.

The shelter is expected to open in late February or early March while childcare services will launch in April.

Year round fundraising: vinyls, vans, more

Secretly Canadian recruited a heavyweight roster of artists from around the world – some signed with the label, others just friends who wanted to help the cause – to release a series of 12 classic albums reissued on limited edition vinyl records. and 25 new digital singles.

All net proceeds from record sales are donated to New Hope for Families, while the nonprofit also receives a portion of the royalties from the digital versions. Through this campaign, fans can purchase vinyl records from Tig Notaro, War on drugs, Faye webster and more.

Digital singles will continue to generate royalty sales from the streams, so anytime anyone listens to Stella Donnelly’s cover of “If I could cry (it would be like this)“or original from the dirt buyer”Little dog song“, New Hope will receive some of this bribe.

Swanson said this project was an interesting way to engage with artists in a creative way and introduce them to Bloomington.

“Most of them fall in love with (Bloomington) instantly, and it was just kind of a way for us to let them in a bit more of our world. We spend so much energy when we work with an artist to Help them create their world and I guess that was a way for us to ask them for the favor of helping us support our world a little bit, “Swanson said.

The campaign is slated to end in April, and Secretly Canadian has a few more creative collaboration projects on the horizon, like an upcoming exclusive sneaker with Vans and backpack with Topos drawings.

So far, Secretly Canadian has disbursed $ 42,000; it usually takes a year and a half to two years for the royalty income to come in. Swanson expressed confidence that Secretly Canadian will meet or exceed its goal of $ 150,000 for New Hope over the next two years.

“All of the performers were really great and really together, so it was really fun,” Swanson said. “I think everyone is really focused on getting through the next four months and concluding strong and then seeing what we can do.”

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