About Us

The Midtown Color Dash 5K: At Cardinal Ritter Park 1218 E. Oak Street New Albany, IN 47150. Packet pickup: 8:00 AM Dash begins at: 10:00AM. A family-friendly, untimed 5K, who welcomes all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. Start white (we provide the Tee), and at each kilometer add blue, sprinkle green, splash yellow, spray orange, and finish strong in pink. Benefits Midtown Spirit Outdoor Classroom and Life Lab. Sponsorships and Scholarships available for teachers and students for the Midtown Color Dash 5K!

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What We Do

Clean Socks Hope is a faith-based nonprofit located at Midtown Commons in New Albany, Indiana (Floyd County). We are pursuing a special project with the City of New Albany by razing a former drug house, clearing the three lots and re-purposing the property as a neighborhood green space. The goal is to supplement our wildly successful Midtown Ministries—Kidtown, Hope for Parents—The Christmas Store and the Midtown Neighborhood Network Food Cooperative by creating space that our clients’ children and the community can use to learn, supplement and end food insecurity by growing what is needed, creating a local centralized economy by selling their excess yields in New Albany’s Farmer’s Market.

The Christmas Store

Once we saw the hurt in eyes of struggling parents as they watched others provide for their children, we knew we had to find a better way. This is the reason why we began our Christmas Store – Hope For Parents program.  It replaced our Adopt-a-Family program that had suburban families delivering presents to the […]

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Midtown Food Co-op

Midtown Neighborhood Network: As a viable alternative to our food pantry ministries, Clean Socks Hope is offering collaborative guaranteed food delivery program from Dare To Care Food Bank and the Midtown Food Cooperative—members of our cooperative avoid the slippery slope that often begins with food insecurity. They shop from the same cooperative every other week […]

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Skin in the Game

We’ve been offering our Christmas Store (3 years) and our Food Cooperative (2 years) to the Midtown community with one caveat. The families must have skin in the game equal to the benefits they receive. There is an idea that if we rethink our decades old systems that has been proven not to work that […]

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Coming September 2015 CD5K

Midtown Street Fair and Music Festival Color Dash 5K at Cardinal Ritter Park

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Clean Socks Hope Midtown Ministry Benefits for 2014

Our example from Midtown of having skin in the Game! At times we take some heat about what we do in Midtown, so I always like to post our ministry updates when I can, so enjoy: The 2014 Christmas Store Service Update: That’s over 700 toys, clothes and jewelry and the gift of hope, pride […]

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A Year in Review 2014

At the beginning of each year I sit and reflect on the incredible grace that God has provided for us over the last 12 months. This past week I’ve spent most of it trying to find shelter for one of our families in Midtown to no avail. It’s tough and at times heartbreaking and it […]

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The Gift of Pride

The most valuable gift we’re giving this Christmas Season is Pride! It doesn’t matter if it was a bike, Baby Alive, basketball, soccer ball, or a Lego set being bought.   The gift being given the most this holiday season in Midtown is the gift of pride to our Kidtown kids! We had the opportunity […]

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Living in Midtown

The stronger the wind blows, the deeper the roots grow...

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Impact in the Community

"Clean Socks Hope has joined Midtown Commons, the outreach ministry of Northside Christian Church and have come to understand that Jon Abercrombie’s quote, “At the heart of volunteering is the rightful belief that helping others is a good thing. But sometimes, helping others makes their lives worse even while the helper is basking in the warmth of a job seemingly well done,” had become truth in most of our specific programming options."
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“As Christians, we should be the best collaborators in the world. We should be quick to find unlikely allies and subversive friends, just like Jesus did.” ~Shane Claiborne
Address: 1423 E Oak Street | New Albany, Indiana | 47150-3041
Phone: 812.542.4081

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Midtown Spirit

Midtown Spirit Classroom and Life Lab

Our new facility will include a classroom and greenhouse that Midtown residents can use to extend their food budgets by growing their own food. While this concept is not new, this will be the first garden co-op in the area for and run by working poor families and their children.

It will instill community stewardship of local green space and raise ecological awareness through education, outreach, training and demonstration projects.

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Cafe’ Hours

Midtown Commons

1423 E Oak Street New Albany, IN 47150 (812) 542-4081

Cafe': 8am - 11am Mon -Thurs

Co-op: Every other Fri - 10am Sat: 6pm - 8pm Closed Sunday and holidays. Afternoons and evenings available by appointment.

Midtown Cafe is a place for friends and neighbors to grab a coffee and begin meaningful conversations which lead to life-change.