Believe in me
annual report 2008
M A RY R I G G
Thank You for Believing
Each day we welcome neighbors and new families who turn
to us for help during difficult times. Neighbors believe that
we provide help and opportunities to improve their lives.
We believe in the neighbors and families we serve, and we
work together with them as they discover help, solutions,
and new skills that lead them to believe in a better tomorrow. In a neighborhood where the challenges
Each day we also welcome donors, volunteers, and community
of unemployment, under-education,
partners that share our belief in the vital work being done to help and urban poverty are very real,
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
youth, adults and families with low income during these difficult
challenges neighbors to believe —
Thank you to all of the believers! It takes each and every one of us
to accomplish what’s shared on the following pages. Please enjoy to believe they can make a different
this report on a few of our recent successes. You are always welcome
to visit to discover the latest excitement at Fostering Independence,
life for themselves, their families,
George Goodwin Community Center, George Washington Community and their community.
High School, and Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center - and continue
They’ve accepted the challenge
and they’d like you to believe, too.
Paul Lindemann Clark Lienemann
Board President Executive Director
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Believe in me.
mary rigg Neighborhood CeNter proVides opportuNities aNd aN
eNViroNmeNt For Neighbors aNd Families iN southwest iNdiaNapolis
to improVe liVes, iNCrease iNdepeNdeNCe, aNd streNgtheN CommuNity
through serViCe aNd CollaboratioN.
For over 97 years, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center has remained firmly committed to
helping neighbors believe in their ability to strengthen their own lives through social and
economic opportunities offered by the center. So while the center’s name and location have
changed since 1911, our board, staff, volunteers, donors and funding partners’ dedication to
believing in neighbors has not changed. Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center provides both
immediate and long-term solutions to neighborhood challenges and now, more than ever
before, we need you to believe as well.
Neighbors - We value respect, dignity, accommodation, participation, and satisfaction
of a diversity of neighbors, including individuals, families, and organizations
CommuNity CollaboratioN - We value community collaboration, increased awareness,
and growing support needed to meet community needs and achieve lasting community
employees aNd VoluNters - We value employees and volunteers as diverse and essential
human resources to be treated professionally, flexibly, and given opportunities for recognition,
growth, and development
doNors aNd FuNdiNg partNers - We value donors and funding partners as key relationships
to be fostered through effective communication, participation, accountability, and appreciation
leadership aNd iNNoVatioN - We value the history and leadership role of MRNC in delivering
ethical, professional, and innovative services to meet changing community needs
busiNess praCtiCes - We value ethical business practices; sound financial management;
Since 1911, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center has remained firm well-maintained facilities and technology; and effective program operations to ensure
in its commitment to provide both immediate and long-term
solutions to neighborhood challenges.”
Clark Lienemann, Executive Director
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BELIEvE IN EMPOWERING ENvIRONMENTS
MARY RIGG NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER THE LEARNING COMMUNITY GOODWIN COMMUNITY CENTER
AT GEORGE WASHINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
Located on West Morris Street, just five minutes A satellite of Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Goodwin
southwest of downtown and directly south of I-70, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center serves as lead partner Community Center is located in Decatur Township on
MRNC is a central hub of resources for the entire West and fiscal agent for The Learning Community at George Mooresville Road. The center is home to a thriving
Indianapolis community. The center has on-site social Washington Community High School, a grade 7-12 IPS senior citizen program, an emergency food pantry,
workers, employment services, an emergency food school on the city’s near-Westside. Collaborative partners, GED and English as a Second Language classes,
pantry, early learning Head Start classrooms, programs coordinated by Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, provide children’s programs, and early learning Head Start
for youth, transition-to-adulthood programs for young services to help the underserved student population to classrooms.
adults, and senior programs with on-site senior housing. achieve goals that culminate in high school graduation,
post-secondary learning, and community involvement.
The school has won numerous national recognitions
and funding competitions.
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• Preschool and Head Start
programs prepare over
225 area children to enter
Over 40% of children in Indiana are exposed to risk factors that threaten
healthy childhood development and subsequent success in school; in an
inner-city neighborhood in the state’s largest city, the percentage is even higher.
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center works to help mitigate these risks for children
in our neighborhood by providing high-quality early learning programs coupled
with wrap-around services for parents.
Through an expanded partnership with Head Start and on-site preschool
programming, over 225 children ages 3-5 in southwest Indianapolis receive
the social, emotional, and physical supports they need to be prepared for
kindergarten and beyond.
I believe I can go to kindergarten next year…
I can ride a yellow school bus and take my
backpack with me to school. “
Believe in me.
- 4 year old enrolled in early learning programs
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• Before and After-School Programs
• Summer Day Camp
• LEADERS pre-teen career/college exploration
• The Learning Community at George
Washington Community High School
In a neighborhood with a 40% high school dropout rate
and where only 5% of adults have a college degree, few
youth have a strong understanding of the importance
of education, and even fewer youth have positive adult
mentors consistently challenging them to finish high
school and enroll in post-secondary education.
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center leads efforts
across West Indianapolis to provide all students
with the resources and safe environment that they I believe that I can be the first person
need to succeed in school and in life — after-school
programs staffed by caring adults, summer day camp in my family to finish high school and
programs that challenge youth to expand their horizons,
and The Learning Community at GWCHS which
the first to go on to college.
coordinates community resources that help students
prepare for high school graduation and enroll in post-
secondary education. Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Believe in Me.”
challenges all youth to believe they can reach their full - 10th grader at George Washington Community High School
potential both in school and in life.
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young adult transitions
• Fostering Independence
• Youth Employment Services
• Transition coaching
• GED Classes and Test Prep
Life can be hard for young adults in challenging neighborhoods—for youth who’ve dropped out of
high school or who come from unstable families, it’s tempting to give up or to give in.
But when it’s time to grow up, many young adults aren’t sure how—whether they lack the support
they need from strong role models at home or they have aged out of a lifetime in the foster care
system (as 95 youth do each year in Indianapolis), inner-city young adults need caring adults to
teach and coach them in the skills they need to successfully navigate the challenges of growing
up and becoming responsible, productive citizens.
Each year, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center provides transition coaching to over 130 young adults.
Whether its helping young adults enroll in GED classes or helping them learn to budget in order to
move out on their own, MRNC pushes young adults to achieve the seemingly unachievable.
I believe that I will have the job of my dreams.
Believe in Me.”
Fostering Independence is a unique, collaborative partnership between Mary Rigg Neighborhood
Center and West Indianapolis Development Corporation which provides housing, employment and
social service support, and individualized coaching for youth aging out of the foster care system.
- Former foster youth in Fostering Independence Approximately 80% of Fostering Independence participants are homeless upon acceptance into the
and Youth Employment Services program. In 2007, over 30 young adults benefited from the Fostering Independence program.
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As the costs of health care, housing, gas, Coleen’s Story —
and education continue to rise, all families
are beginning to feel the pinch of tough In January 2008, Coleen, a mother of two and
economic times. But nowhere is this career waitress of fourteen years, called Mary Rigg
pinch felt more than in a neighborhood
Neighborhood Center in search of assistance. She was
of working families on the edge of poverty.
tiring of her job as a waitress and knew that if her family
With 85% of children attending IPS schools was going to push through the tough economic times,
in our neighborhood qualifying for free/
reduced-price lunch, many parents and she was in need of a new job.
working adults are searching for ways
to stretch what little they do have—and,
Coleen enrolled in the ten-week computer and career
many are searching for help in gaining the
skills they need to find living-wage jobs in training course to gain the basic computer skills
today’s challenging economy. that she’d need to achieve her goal of working behind
a desk of her very own. After ten intensive weeks
Neighborhood solutioN of gaining the skills and confidence she’d need to
succeed in the job search, she hit the ground running.
MRNC works side-by-side with neigh- Coming to Job Club several times each week and
bors, coaching them through the job search
process, building both confidence and a “working” on the job search from home for at least
relationship that will help neighbors stay five hours each day, Coleen applied for job after
connected even after they’ve found a job.
job, finally landing an entry-level customer service
JOB CLUB position, a position which gave her ample opportunity
Held three times a week for all neighbors, to practice her computer and networking skills—skills
Job Club provides assistance with
that proved to pay off. Soon after, Coleen was offered
applying for jobs on-line, creating
resumes, and practicing for interviews. the job of her dreams, working as a legal assistant for a
COMPUTER AND CAREER TRAINING I could have never gotten where I am today local attorney. This fall, Coleen plans to enroll in
continuing education classes to gain more advanced skills.
This ten-week course helps adults gain without Mary Rigg Neghborhood Center.
basic computer literacy and career skills,
opening the door to career advancement
opportunities. Thank you for
believing in me.”
8 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center - Coleen, former career waitress, now a legal assistant
Believe in aCtive aging
I believe that I can lead a productive life—I can build friendships • Senior Active Aging
• Senior Lunch Programs
with folks here at the center and stay busy. • Senior Housing
Believe in Me.” - Senior at Goodwin Community Center
Aging can be a difficult and lonely process—and for
seniors who live in poverty or on a fixed income, it
can be even more difficult. In a neighborhood where
11% of the population is comprised of seniors, and
42% of these seniors live under the poverty line, the
challenges of social isolation, hunger, and limited
caregiver support are very real.
In an effort to help seniors live longer in the
environment of their choice and to improve their
quality of life, MRNC and Goodwin Community
Centers offer daily, vibrant senior programming
designed to help seniors stay active, engaged,
and supported by a network of peers and caring
Each weekday, seniors crowd to the centers for a
healthy meal, activities, field trips, and volunteering.
For many seniors, the centers serve as a lifeline—
a connection to needed community resources and
advocates, friends, and a place to call “home.”
I believe that I can keep working, giving back to
the other seniors and to the community.
Believe in Me.”
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the results oF CollaBoration and serviCe
As an established nonprofit in Central Indiana, MRNC is committed to
continually delivering strong outcomes and demonstrating to donors and
funders that together we are making real progress in leading neighbors to
self-sufficiency and economic stability.
Thank you for believing—your community support has truly made an impact
this past year:
“Mary Rigg helped my mom and dad keep our house warm
1,988 neighbors received crisis help through access to social workers, during the cold winter.”
emergency food pantry, and rent/utility assistance -6 year-old neighbor, parents received rent/utility assistance
Drawing of what the neighborhood means to child
1,365 youth benefited from safe environments and programs designed to
help them reach their full potential in school and in life partNership philosophy
736 individuals and families benefited from GED classes, employment Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center is committed to providing neighbors with opportunities that
help neighbors to believe in themselves. To this end, we partner with numerous other agencies,
services, and training opportunities that will lead to better jobs and higher non-profit organizations, and corporations to provide programming and services, and we are
earnings immensely grateful for all they do. Listed below are some of our key partners:
376 seniors engaged in innovative wellness programming that •
Central Indiana Council on Aging
Division of Family Resources
Lilly Technology Center
Marion County Health Department
decreases social isolation and improves physical and mental health • Gleaners Food Bank • Marion County Probation Department
• Head Start • Metropolitan School District of
2,915 neighbors and families were connected to community activities and • Indy Parks
Metropolitan School District of
• Indianapolis Power and Light
referrals/information to improve quality of life Wayne Township
• Indianapolis Private Industry Council
• Indianapolis Public Schools • Mozel Sanders Dinner
91% of GWCHS graduates were accepted into post-secondary institutions • Indiana University Purdue University • National Starch
Indianapolis (IUPUI) • Second Helpings
• U.S. Department of Agriculture
• West Indianapolis Development
• West Indianapolis Neighborhood Congress
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How we raised $1,564,002, our total revenue.
8% Program Fees
top neighBorhood Funding partners
50% Grants, Awards, and Contracts 32% Community Support 10% Community Partnerships
Anonymous Family Foundation
City of Indianapolis REvENUE USES
We have an amazing history of helping to connect neighbors with the
Central Indiana Community Foundation resources they need most, and thanks to your generosity, last year was no
Eli Lilly and Company exception. Our overall annual expenditures break down is as follows:
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
Gannett Foundation/Season for Sharing 21% Community Support Services makiNg the most oF your geNerosity
20% Crisis/Social Services
Indianapolis Private Industry Council Our multiple funding sources—
Indianapolis Retirement Home Fund grants, individual contributions, contracts,
Lilly Endowment and generous United Way support—
allow us to leverage our resources
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
efficiently and keep overhead costs low.
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation 20% Employment
Summer Youth Program Fund 24% Youth Services
The Clowes Fund, Inc. Other financial information:
total operating expenses, $1,640,106
The REALTOR® Foundation ending net assets, $2,926,008
Source: Audited Financial Statements as of March 31, 2008
United Way of Central Indiana
USA Funds 15% Management and General
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Board oF direCtors
Paul Lindemann, President | Krieg Devault
Marshall Hedrick, First vice President | Financial Management
Deborah Spinney, Second vice President | University of Indianapolis
Mark Smith, Treasurer | Wabash Work Truck Center
James Tuerk, Secretary | Aero Industries
Steve Alexander | Business Consultant
Kimberly Andersen | West Indianapolis Library
James Burleigh | Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers
Dave Cluskey | National Starch
Brian Dille | Eli Lilly and Company
Keith Dunkel | Indianapolis Power and Light
Kate Esterline | Mu Alpha Latreian
Rev. Joseph Gibson | St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church
Magnus Jansson | Tetra Pak
Martha Moeller | National City Bank
Gary Pellico | Decatur Township
Rev. Ron Reed | Seerley Creek Christian Church
Harry Simpson | Pre-Paid Legal Services
Shelly Snider | Steak n Shake
Mark St. John | Lamda Consulting, Inc.
Kathy Waddell | Katherine Waddell Consulting
Dr. Jacquelin Clency | Indianapolis Public Schools
Debbi Fletcher | City of Indianapolis
Mike Halstead | Halstead Architects
Jeff McClain | Eli Lilly and Company M A RY R I G G GEORGE T. GOODWIN
NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER C OMMUNITY C ENTER
Dr. Patti Siemantel 1920 W. Morris St. • Indianapolis, IN 46221 3935 Mooresville Rd. • Indianapolis, IN 46221 Community Partner
Fabio Socarraz | Presbytery of Whitewater valley ph: 317-639-6106 ph: 317-247-5201 Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center is a
www.maryrigg.org 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
and an equal opportunity employer
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