Love Thy Neighborhood Awards Gift $15,000 to Four Neighborhood Gamechangers

Love Thy Neighborhood Awards Gift $15,000 to Four Neighborhood Gamechangers

INDIANAPOLIS, May 1, 2018 – LISC Indianapolis hosted the 2nd Annual Love Thy Neighborhood Awards last Thursday by recognizing community game changers in the Indy region that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn and play.  The awards gala took place at the Indiana War Memorial with more than 450 people in attendance.

The following groups or projects were awarded a 2018 Love Thy Neighborhood Award and $2,500 in unrestricted cash:

Livability category: Come Home Bean Creek

Bean Creek Neighborhood Association was re-established in May, 2016 after a home invasion in the neighborhood. The neighborhood group had not been active for over 20 years. Over the span of 18 months, the neighborhood group hosted monthly meetings, officially registered with the City of Indianapolis, joined the So Indy Quality of Life planning process, created a neighborhood resource guide, created a list of problem properties and street repairs to address, two residents awarded Crime Fighter of the Year Award, hosted National Night Out with Mayor Hogsett and named Neighborhood of the Month by the City of Indianapolis. Other finalists in this category: Grace Care Center and River West Art Walks.

Opportunity category: SOURCE River West

SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center was created by IUPUI un 2016 to provide business education opportunities to catalyze economic growth on the Near West side of Indianapolis. The center seeks to inspire residents to see business ownership as a career option and attract business entrepreneurs to invest in the area. By providing services, programs and referrals, SOURCE River West supports entrepreneurial ventures, start-up businesses and existing businesses to create and grown jobs and strengthen the community. Other finalists in this category: Flanner House and Boone EDC.

Vitality category: The Rock Initiative at Eastern Star

The outreach ministry of Eastern Star Church, Jewel Human Services, was created to meet the needs of the less fortunate and individuals who need emergency assistance. This includes outreach to church members as well as individuals and families in the greater Indianapolis community through mission and faith driven practices including: emergency rent and utility assistance, life skills development, food and clothing pantries, counseling, scholarships, and local/global missions. In addition to the hands-on services provided, they also manage a fully-occupied, below market rate 20-unit rental property. Other finalists in this category: Community East Anchor Housing and Owner Occupied Home Repair Program.

Education category: Latino Youth Collective

The Latino Youth Collective provides resources and opportunities for youth to engage in personal and community development through critical pedagogy, grassroots organizing, and collective action. The organization provides education to Latinx youth from 11 – 24 years old. They work to connect immigrant communities and provide a safe space for youth to explore their creativity in a conscious manner

to empower them to become leaders of tomorrow. Other finalists in this category: Greenspace Maintenance Training Program and Kate Voss.

The Latino Youth Collective was also awarded the $5,000 People’s Choice Award by live voting at the event.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.