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                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




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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


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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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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




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       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.




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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.




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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

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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



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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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