Two Bridges to Career Opportunities Centers Selected for Great Families 2020 Grant

Great Families 2020 is a five-year initiative to improve family stability for vulnerable children and their parents living in four neighborhoods in Indianapolis. The initiative is modeled from the promising practice of the “Two Generation” approach, where neighborhood networks in education, financial stability and health services are integrated to serve the whole family. Two of the First Round Grant Recipients are also part of the Bridges to Career Opportunities program that is overseen by LISC Indianapolis to help low-income workers build the skills necessary to earn a living wage.

  • Edna Martin Christian Center will serve 100 adults and 100 children through its Center for Working Families and Childcare Ministry. Edna Martin will provide both financial stability and early childhood education programming, while contracting with targeted partners in the neighborhood to provide the additional capacity needed to bring the project to scale. The organization was awarded $1,050,000 ($350,000 per year for three years).
  • Boner Neighborhood Centers will utilize its Center for Working Families to provide workforce development, financial coaching, income supports, and asset building services for 150 adults. Boner Centers will partner with Englewood Christian Church and East Tenth United Methodist to provide a collaborative approach to serving families in their neighborhood. The organization was awarded $900,000 ($300,000 per year for three years).

Next month, Great Families 2020 Round 2 Sub-grants will be announced. Stay tuned!