Human Services

Shepherd Community, Inc.

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • www.shepherdcommunity.org

Mission Statement

Shepherd Community Center's mission is to break the cycle of poverty on the near Eastside of Indianapolis by engaging and empowering the community to cultivate healthy children, strong families, and vibrant neighborhoods through a Christ-centered approach that meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs of our neighbors.

Service Areas

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Indiana

We serve the near Eastside of Indianapolis, predominately in the 46201, 46203, and 46218 area codes respectively.

ruling year

1988

Executive Director

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Rev. Jay Height

Keywords

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Breaking the cycle of poverty, Near Eastside, Indianapolis, children's services, community center, continuum of care, education, graduation, college access, Nazarene

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Also Known As

SCI

EIN

35-1765846

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Shepherd has been serving neighborhoods where hunger is common, education is lacking, and hope is in short supply for more than twenty years. Shepherd’s Continuum of Care has proven successful. In an area were only 33 percent of students are graduating high school, 100 percent of Shepherd’s seniors graduated and go on to either higher education programs, job training, or the military. Many students are first-generation high-school graduates. There is also success among parents who are now leading small mentoring groups to change the lives of their neighbors and peers. The yearly successes at Shepherd include 15,000 meals served and higher GPAs among all of the students.

Shepherd instills positive behaviors in growing children because they will one day lead Indy’s Near Eastside neighborhood to brighter beginnings. It is Shepherd’s practice to hold children to higher standards, to respect them and their families, to offer support, and to help them succeed in life. It is Shepherd’s goal to change this neighborhood by educating and empowering the second generation so that each child in it can change his or her life and the lives of their families.

Programs

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Program 1

Age 0-3: Project Jordan This program will begin in 2006. This program is geared to work with pregnant mothers and their children until they are three years old. We will work on parenting skills and we will connect them with other services. Age 3-5: Pre-school Academy This is an academic based, half-day school for 3,4,and 5 year olds. The main focus is to insure that after graduating from our academy, they will be able to read. We use an aggressive curriculum that helps build on all aspects of their complete education needs. Students are also provided two meals a day. Age 5-11: After-school There are two after-school programs for elementary age children that work with them to provide individualized tutoring, help with homework, physical exercise, their evening meal and lots of fun. Summer Day Camp: Nine week program that offers children a place to receive two meals a day, interactive group experiences, field trips, swimming, reading time, crafts, science lab, life skills training and lots of enjoyment. Sports: Children are offered opportunities to participate in Karate, soccer, gymnastics, basketball and other sports that help them grow and mature mentally and physically in an environment of hope. Age 11-14: After-school Homework help and individualized tutoring is the foundation for the middle school program. Students are able to use tutorial computer programs and are tested to monitor progress in their areas of weakness. Club activities include specialized offerings that mix fun with life skill learning and career exploration. The students also receive their evening meal through this program. Summer Day Camp: Career exploration and life learning is seen throughout the nine week program. Field trips to meet people who represent different careers help these students choose what they want to do in their life. Students also do work projects and are paid a stipend that enables them to learn banking, shopping, and budgeting. Age 14-18: After-school Similar to the middle school program, students work on homework and individualized tutoring. Life skills training includes drivers education, cooking, car repair, and various physical exercise opportunities. Dinner is also served each day. Summer Day Camp: The emphasis of this program is on how to achieve the career one desires. Post high school education options are explored and students get to visit colleges. Weekly field trips to various local businesses include the requirement for each student to write a report of their impression and what they learned. Half of the week is spent on work projects where they begin to learn the importance of a strong work ethic and can earn money. Lunch is included and afternoon snacks are part of the daily routine. Age 18-22: College Access While the students are still in school a staff member begins to help the students and their families explore college. Financial aid is pursued and visits to colleges are made with the whole family. When a student starts college, help is provided to supply them with all the basic needs. During the summers, employment opportunities are found for the students. Parents and Adults: Educational skills, parenting skills, English as a second language, emergency food and clothing, crisis counseling, and holiday food baskets and Christmas store are services provided to the adult neighbors. Job programs are also offered.

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Service Areas

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Indiana

We serve the near Eastside of Indianapolis, predominately in the 46201, 46203, and 46218 area codes respectively.

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Funding Needs

Please visit http://www.shepherdcommunity.org/volunteer/areas_of_need.html for all of our funding needs.

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Shepherd Community Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Shepherd Community, Inc.

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Executive Director

Rev. Jay Height

BIO

-Over 15 years of service at Shepherd Community
-B.A. from Wright State University, Bible Degree from Nazarene Bible College, Master of Arts in Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan
-Founder of the Old National Road Business Association
-Former Secretary of the Board, Indianapolis-Marion County Library Board

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. R.J. McConnell

Bose McKinney & Evans

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