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Believe in me annual report 2008 M A RY R I G G NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER 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 economic times. 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 to believe! They’ve accepted the challenge and they’d like you to believe, too. Sincerely, Paul Lindemann Clark Lienemann Board President Executive Director 2 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Believe in me. missioN 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. Values 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 improvement 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 sustainability in its commitment to provide both immediate and long-term solutions to neighborhood challenges.” Clark Lienemann, Executive Director 3 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center 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. 4 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Believe in early learning • Preschool and Head Start programs prepare over 225 area children to enter kindergarten Neighborhood ChalleNge 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. Neighborhood solutioN 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 5 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Believe in today’s youth • Before and After-School Programs • Summer Day Camp • LEADERS pre-teen career/college exploration • The Learning Community at George Washington Community High School Neighborhood ChalleNge 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. Neighborhood solutioN “ 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. 6 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Believe in young adult transitions • Fostering Independence • Youth Employment Services • Transition coaching • GED Classes and Test Prep Neighborhood ChalleNge 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. Neighborhood solutioN transition CoaChing 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. “ Fostering independenCe 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. 7 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Believe in working Families Neighborhood ChalleNge 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. EMPLOYMENT COACHING 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 Neighborhood ChalleNge 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. Neighborhood solutioN 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 neighbors. 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.” - Goodwin Center senior, volunteers to organize activities and helps manage center 9 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Believe in the results oF CollaBoration and serviCe outCome highlights 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 • Decatur Township 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 Corporation • West Indianapolis Neighborhood Congress 10 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center FinanCial report revenue sourCes 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 Aero Industries 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 Peyback Foundation 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 11 | Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Board oF direCtors oFFiCers 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 memBers Steve Alexander | Business Consultant Kimberly Andersen | West Indianapolis Library Believe. James Burleigh | Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers Dave Cluskey | National Starch Brian Dille | Eli Lilly and Company Glenna Dragoo 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 Dave Siemantel Harry Simpson | Pre-Paid Legal Services Shelly Snider | Steak n Shake Mark St. John | Lamda Consulting, Inc. Kathy Waddell | Katherine Waddell Consulting advisory Board 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 Annual Report Printed Courtesy of Red Line Graphics 1-800-643-7750 and service provider.
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