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Join the Kauffman Business Owner Education Series

Join the Kauffman Business Owner Education Series SOURCE River West is offering a 9 week course with a proven framework to help support aspiring entrepreneurs start businesses and begin their journeys to success. Our program is based upon the Kauffman FastTrac® program which gives entrepreneurs the foundation and network needed to succeed. Classes meet 1 night a week. To register please call 317-737-2155.

New life at the old Central State Hospital site

New life at the old Central State Hospital site Indy Star Columnist Matthew Tully looks at the increasing state of redevelopment at the site of the old Central State Hospital on the Near Westside. “For years, a drive along West Washington took you past the empty and decaying grounds of the former hospital, a symbol of the area’s hard times. There is a still a long way to go. But these days, that same drive offers something else: Signs of hope.”    Read the full story here.

Draft of Twin Aire Great Places Plan

Draft of Twin Aire Great Places Plan On August 14th, the Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition met and shared a presentation on the latest draft of the plans for the area. The Twin Aire neighbors are busy working on the goals, objectives and action items for the Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education committees.  Several committee meetings have been and will continue to happen as the planning deadline approaches.

River West Video Focuses on Creating Urban Village

River West Video Focuses on Creating Urban Village This short River West video was created to showcase some of the amazing things happening in the River West area including events and programs at the SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center, Indy Convergence, the Art Walk and more.  Click here to watch the River West Launch video.

Great Families 2020 Final Grants Awarded

Great Families 2020 Final Grants Awarded Last month, United Way of Central Indiana awarded $2,775,000 in grants to four local organizations as part of Great Families 2020, the initiative designed to transform the lives of Indianapolis’ most vulnerable families in neighborhoods with the most need. Great Families 2020 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. The winners for this round of Great Families 2020 submitted innovative proposals that aim to improve family outcomes in kindergarten readiness, mental health, employment and financial literacy grants: Community Alliance of the Far Eastside … Continued

How a single mom went from homeless to homeowner

Laura Warrick was a single mom with nowhere to live and lots of debt. But with the help of a financial adviser, she found a job, a place to live and a path to financial stability. $50 or $100 at a time, she diligently paid down her debts and improved her credit score. The support she received through CWF built up her own determination. After years of hard work, she saw her efforts pay off this summer, when she was able to buy her own home in Indianapolis. Read more here: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/marion-county/2017/08/30/how-single-mom-went-homeless-homeowner/552170001/

Building Vitality with Habitat for Humanity in Maple Crossing

Livability, opportunity, vitality, and education goals anchor each neighborhood in the Great Places 2020 initiative. Though the benefits of homeownership bolster each of these key components for a successful neighborhood, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity will support the Maple Crossing neighborhood this year as they seek to diversify housing and support current residents. Two new Habitat homeowners will join the Maple Crossing neighborhood in 2017 and five current residents will have significant repairs completed on their homes. Terri and her daughter are excited and anxious to move into their first home in a neighborhood Terri is convinced is on the rise. … Continued

Join the Englewood Project

Join the Englewood Project The Englewood Project is the culmination of a global artwork including participants from 5 continents in 12 different languages. Lexington-based artists Kurt and Kremena have designed 129 cross-stitch kits and 129 tattoo designs unique to the Indianapolis project. We are looking for 129 participants to cross-stitch an exclusive graphic element highlighting the local community. The finished cross-stitches will become part of a gallery exhibition before returning to their creators. Each pair of participants (one receiving a tattoo and one creating a cross-stitch of the same phrase) will be invited to meet at a community celebration and can … Continued

State Farm Community Assist Grants

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open now through June 21. The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm! Learn more: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com  

Meet Rodric K. Reid: President, Alliance for Northeast Unification

Earlier this spring, Rodric K. Reid was hired as the President for the Alliance for Northeast Unification (ANU). We wanted to give you the chance to get to know him better and learn about the wonderful opportunities in the Northeast Corridor: What is the project in your neighborhood you are most excited about? There are many great things happening in our community to be excited about.  We are nearing capacity for our retail center which will host, in addition to the already opened Goodwill, Save a Lot and Dr. Tavel Eye Clinic- a barbershop, dental office and a pizza restaurant.   Our … Continued

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 … Continued

Near West Community Outreach Event

On June 8th, Source River West was able to participate in the IMPD SW District Community Day Collaboration. This year’s occasion was the 26th anniversary of the Indianapolis Police Department’s commitment to the Haughville neighborhood and the event was held in the Haughville Park. At the event participants enjoyed free food, a petting zoo, clowns, police department specialty vehicles, face painting, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Vendors, businesses, and organizations came prepared to hand out “freebies” and list of upcoming events to the members of the community as everyone enjoyed the fun of being together as a community. This … Continued

Source River West Hosts Successful Open House

In May, the Near West side of Indianapolis welcomed Source River West to the neighborhood. Source River West is an initiative started by the River West Great Place initiative, founded by IUPUI. Source’s mission is to be a hub for entrepreneurs interested in developing businesses in the area west of White River, particularly reviving the once thriving, Michigan Street. Source River West’s open house was on May 23rd, 2017 at the office, 2230 W Michigan Street.  The event was a major success and had a great turn out. It allowed for members of the community to network and become familiar … Continued

State Farm Neighborhood Assist offering Forty $25,000 grants!

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open now through June 21. The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm! Learn more: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com

Twin Aire Keeps Momentum Rolling

Twin Aire Keeps Momentum Rolling Since the kick-off event earlier this Spring, the Twin Aire Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education committees have formed and are hosting initial meetings.  Dozens of volunteers have committed to this process and make up an excellent cross section of community neighbors, advocates, and professionals. Twin Aire has an amazing opportunity with an EDA Planning Grant, secured by Citizens Energy Group.  This will give the Great Place  wonderful planning resources. The current focus is to be ready for a Community Planning Workshop to take place in mid-July. In order to gather broad community input before the workshop, the … Continued