Chosen 1-9 exists to provide resources and short term housing for single parent households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


Josh Downs

Founder and CEO

Josh was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, but has called Indianapolis home since 2007. Josh owned his own drain company for 5 years before transitioning to a larger plumbing company until a complex eye injury put his plumbing career on hold.

Growing up in a single-parent household and meeting his wife who was a single mom to two young children helped him understand the struggle and need for more support. Josh envisions Chosen 1-9 to be a place of love, community, and support, where single parents are equipped with the necessary tools and relationships to thrive and lead more fulfilling lives.

Cody Clark

Vice President

Cody Clark is the Irvington Location Pastor at Living Faith church. He and his family live and play on the Eastside of Indianapolis. Cody is passionate about helping marginalized people find hope and help through the gospel, faith-based organizations, and the local church. Cody has been married to the love of his life, Talor, for 8 amazing years. Together they have 3 children. Skylar (20), Titus (6), and Eden (3).

Carrie Poor


Carrie is a single mom to her 16-year-old son, Elliott. She is a high school math teacher at a school on the far east side of Indianapolis. Carrie has a deep desire to love and support the youth of the city and share the hope of Jesus with them.

Robert Clark


Robert Clark is a Nonprofit consultant and Legal Department Manager at Clark And Clark Inc. Robert also provides administrative support to the Clark And Clark Inc team. Robert is a native Bostonian and has worked in the nonprofit community as manager for the last six years.

Robert developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector after meeting his sweetheart Tracy nearly 7 years ago. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our communities; one program at a time.

Brianna (Bre) Downs

Board Member

Bre is a former teen mom and domestic violence survivor who experienced homelessness during her second pregnancy. Today, Bre is a wife, mother, and a Survivor Advocate with Grit into Grace, an Indianapolis based nonprofit serving women survivors of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Bre is passionate about helping women remove shame from their stories and rediscover their true identity, free from who society and trauma says they are or should be.

Heather Hemphill

Board Member

Heather Hemphill is a Realtor with Fathom Realty, helping people buy and sell homes in Central Indiana. Her passion is serving others & pointing them to Jesus. Heather is wife to Chris, & mom to 2 amazing young men, Dakota & Jared.

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