MLK Center strengthens the neighborhoods and communities we serve by providing a variety of programming for youth, families and seniors. Through a holistic, multi-generational approach, we work to improve our neighborhood one household at a time.
Every family is important to the success of our neighborhoods. We strive to provide each family with access to the tools they need to thrive.
Stability – We offer assistance and programs for adult basic education, job training, employment opportunities, financial literacy, income support and more.
Unity – Our neighborhoods grow stronger when we work, learn and celebrate together, so all of our events and programs are open to the public.
The Neighborhood & Family Advocate project focuses these services on families in the Crown Hill, Meridian Kessler, Mapleton Fall Creek and Butler Tarkington neighborhoods with children attending IPS School #43 James Whitcomb Riley. Families are connected to support services, resources, empowerment opportunities and each other.
Latasha Jenkins found the Martin Luther King Community Center through the Marion Superior Court Probation Department, when she was court ordered to complete 24 hours of community service. The hours were inconvenient for her work schedule and child’s school schedule, and she was frustrated with the entire situation. Together we worked it out so she could complete the hours and put the situation behind her, and not make an emotional misunderstanding in her family even worse.
Latasha volunteered for us at the front desk, with the Senior Enrichment program, and the Christmas gift giveaway. In just a short time, Latasha’s entire perspective changed. By the last day of her service, we had gotten to know her, and she began to trust us. She wants to come back and volunteer again when it’s not court ordered. Latasha found a mentor in one of our Senior Service workers, and repeatedly referred to us as family. Through conversation we learned that her eight year old son attends IPS School #43, just a block away, and is on the Indy Steelers youth football team in our neighborhood. She’s going to continue volunteering with our After School program and continue a long term relationship with the MLK Center to benefit her family and community.