Grant to provide emergency relocation for victims of violence

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A grant will provide victims of violent crimes an option for emergency relocation.

The $150,000 grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to will help the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Victim’s Advocate Unit and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

The grant will also be used for around 100 families, according to Office of Re-entry Housing and Services Specialist Julie Fidler. He said their is no monetary limit on assistance to individuals.

“If they need $1,500 then we will provide that. Or, if they just need $300. Sometimes it’s just picking them up from a neighborhood and providing a hotel for a week until things die down,” Fidler said. “It’s all about getting them out of that neighborhood and somewhere safe for a while.”

In a release IMPD and the prosecutor’s office laid out the goals of the grant. They say that they want it to provide assistance to relocate victims base on credible threats to their safety. The relocation would also include transportation and food when needed. They also want to develop a plan for follow up and safety, along with providing emotional, mental health and trauma support for victims and their families.

In order to qualify there must be a credible and documented threat, which could be a social media post, text or jail phone call recording.

“After the initial emergency has passed, we will work with them to get needed long term services such as behavioral health help, trauma services, substance abuse treatment, and education and employment training to better their lives and hopefully not become a victim again,” Fidler said in the release.


How to make Apple Pie Tacos

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s dessert … in a taco shell!

Apple Pie Tacos are easy, delicious, and kids love them! 

Apple Pie Tacos

9 soft street-taco shells (see note below)
2 tablespoons raw sugar 
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 
5 ROCKIT® apples, skin left on and diced
2 tablespoon raw honey 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
1/4 cup water, plus more
coconut whipped cream 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a plate, sprinkle raw sugar and cinnamon. Gently mix the two together. Spray both sides of the soft taco shells with nonstick cooking spray, then lightly dip both sides in the cinnamon mixture. 
2. Flip a muffin tin over. Place each cinnamon-coated soft taco shell between each of the muffin tins, so that the muffin-tin humps help the taco shell stay in place and formed. Place in the the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. 
3. To make apple filling, combine chopped apples, honey, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir cornstarch into the 1/4 cup water and add to the saucepan. Heat on medium for about 10 minutes until apples are completely softened and gooey-thick. You may need to add more water — about another 1/4 cup — as the apples cook to create a sauce-like mixture. 
4. Spoon the apple filling into each of the taco shells. Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle cinnamon, or a little granola.  Enjoy immediately! 

Apple Pie Tacos (WISH Photo/Annessa Chumbley)

Note: A tortilla that’s about 3-4 inches across works great. If you need to, you can take a larger wheat tortilla, and cookie-cut it using a 3-4 inch small bowl.