Over the past three years, Circle Up Indy has been assisted by the Edna Martin Christian Center in many different ways. Each of the Youth Against Violence Peace Festivals has benefited from their participation. From providing parking space for Vendors and Exhibitors, to providing insightful guidance and moral support, they have been there for Circle Up Indy and for Indianapolis residents.
If you are not familiar with the Edna Martin Christian Center and its work, according to their website:
“The mission of the Edna Martin Christian Center is to bridge cultural, racial, and economic differences in order to support and nurture the people in the community by providing holistic programs that empower, encourage, and engender a vision of hope.”
Celebrating 75 Years of Community Service
Today, the Edna Martin Christian Center is a cornerstone of Indianapolis’s East Side communities, having bolstered kids and families for more than 75 years.
Operating out of 37 Place, 2605 E 25th Street, EMCC offers a multitude of programs and activities for neighbors of all ages. Their key programs include:
- Social Services and Community Assistance (Utility & Rent Assistance, Food Pantry)
- Center for Working Families (Job Training, Financial Coaching)
- Senior Angels (Fitness, Trips, Games)
- 21st CCLC Leadership & Legacy Program (Academic Enrichment at partner schools)
- Summer Camp (Five Weeks on-site at EMCC, one week at Indian Creek Baptist Camp)
- Teen Mentoring (with partner schools)
- Before Care, 7:00–8:00 AM, and After Care, 5:00–6:00 PM (on-site at EMCC)
- Preschool, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM (on-site at EMCC)
Keystone Catering and Café, which is located at 37 Place and are led by Chef Randy Berryhill, provide delicious, healthy food, as well as a culinary training program! This is just one of the Occupational Training Programs offered by EMCC.
Circle Up Indy is honored the have EMCC as a community partner for this year’s Youth Against Violence Peace Festival. We encourage everyone to check out their website to see the programs and services they offer.