Hokey Spokes International

Giving Back to the greater community...

  Corporate Social Responsibility      
  We believe in making a commitment to improving the quality of life for people throughout the world.  Although we are a small company, we do appreciate our customers and seek to involve them in our support of deserving activities. 



One of our primary causes is the

Emergency Shelter for Infants and Toddlers
at the
 St. Joseph Carmelite Home for Girls, East Chicago, Indiana

Dedicated Now: Sister Maria Tauscher Center, founder of the St. Joseph Carmelite Home for Girls, 1912



Carole and Richard Barnes, owners  of Hokey Spokes,  both serve as volunteers on the advisory Board of Directors and recently co-chaired the fund-raising committee that built a $2 million dollar, 32-bed facility, the Emergency Shelter for Infants and Toddlers.

Abused, neglected and abandoned infants and toddlers in northwest Indiana can find a safe, secure, licensed emergency home.  The children may be brought to the home by police, fire and social workers 24-hours a day.


  Carole Barnes of Hokey Spokes is pictured with an infant from the Emergency Shelter for Infants and Toddlers, after it was transferred to the University of Chicago Hospital, brought in with medical emergencies.. Volunteers from the Carmelite Home visit, hold and feed the children when outside the home.

Carole has been a volunteer and a supporter of The Carmelite Home for Girls for eight years, and now serves on the Board.

  The Emergency Shelter for Infants and Toddlers has room for 16 infants, age birth to 12 months, and 16 toddlers, age 1 to 2 years.  The facility is clean, safe and secure.  There is one full time staff person for every three children, as required by law, including a full time nurse.

Children receive a new suit of clothes when they arrive and new wardrobe of clothes when they leave..

The facility is always full with children rotating in and out, when they find placement with families or foster care.

  "For many of these children, this will be the best home they will ever have."


      Halloween Picnic for the Carmelite children has Carole Barnes dressed as a Queen, entertaining a young toddler.  All of the children were provided with their own Halloween costume and spent the day at a small farm with games, entertainment, and activities.  

"Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.

GARRISON KEILLOR, Leaving Home                                                                 


 Carmelite Sister Maria
shares a warm hug with a toddler.






  Hokey Spokes owner, Carole Barnes
rocks a little child at The Carmelite Home.

Each child has their own bed in a warm and safe environment.



 The Need:

The Department of Child Services with the State of Indiana, is reducing the number of placements in residential care with the goal of placing all children in foster care.

In the last two months, however, 12 children have been removed from foster care and sent to the Carmelite Home for Girls.

The Carmelite Home for Girls and the Emergency Shelter for Infants and Toddlers

  • does not receive money or support from United Way
  • does not receive money or support from the
    Gary Catholic Diocese or Catholic Charities

It must raise its own funds privately and the need is on-going.

Join us in support of this quiet, peaceful, meaningful program. All donations  will receive a charitable tax receipt from The East Chicago Carmelite Home for Girls.  Smaller donations will appear on your Hokey Spokes receipt and may be used for tax exemptions. The Carmelite Home is a 501(c)3.



  • Only one of three licensed facilities for infant children in residential care in Indiana
  • Serves children from birth through 18 years of age
  • Number of diapers used daily at the Shelter:  200 per day, plus...
  • Current population of the Home for Girls (birth - 18 yrs) : 102
  • Number of paid staff:  96
  • Operated by the Carmelite Sisters
    (who receive no pay for their service)

  • Years of operation: 98 years
    Founded: 1912

  • There are three paid adult staff members for each child and a nurse present throughout the day.


"Thank you to our Hokey Spoke customers for making this project a reality!"
-Carole & Richard Barnes



Carmelite Home / Holy Innocents Center
Carmelite Sisters DCJ
4840 Grasselli Ave.
East Chicago, IN 46312
Telephone: (219) 397-1085 (219) 392-3566
Fax: (219) 392-3574



To learn more about the mission of The Carmelite Home, click here.  
  Join us in helping the children at
The Emergency Shelter for Infants & Toddlers
at the
Carmelite Home for Girls
East Chicago, Indiana

You may contribute whatever amount you like through PayPal. A receipt and record of your donation will be sent to you.

Thank you.


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