We Are Building
The Beloved Community.

Educating youth, empowering families, building community

For the next 50 years, and beyond.

We are a catalyst for positive change in a neighborhood with a rich history of community organizing. Our community members have come to expect great things from us. And we strive every day to continue the work of letting them lead us to make the most significant large impact in our city.

For us, meeting people where they are means listening to what they have to tell us. In hearing you out, we create programming that addresses your most pressing concerns—not only the immediate crises at hand but also the longstanding effects of inequality.

Poverty is a cycle. In order to break it, you need support that is personalized to your individual needs, be they physical or mental. This is why we take an approach to social services that emphasizes the whole person. Among our many social programs, we take pride in the fact that we can offer help in a variety of ways. From finding transportation and educating your family, to scheduling you a visit with a personal coach, we aim to be not only the center our community needs but also the one it deserves.

Our Programs


Stability. Unity. Resilience.

Free programs led by our Wellness Coaches to help families move beyond surviving and start thriving.

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Meeting Kids Where They Are

To achieve goals from catching up to getting ahead. Peaceful environment + loving support = learning.

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Accessible necessities

Transportation, housing, and income assistance when you need it most. We build through multi-generational programs

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Whether you’re called to serve as a community collaborator or benefactor, there are countless ways you can benefit from engaging with your Beloved Community.

News & stories

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MLK Center in Indianapolis receives $5 million Lilly Endowment grant to strengthen and sustain its future.

Martin Luther King Community Center (MLK Center) serving the families and neighborhoods of Butler Tarkington, Crown Hill, Mapleton Fall Creek and Meridian Kessler neighborhoods in Indianapolis has received a $5 million...

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"You give me a call, I'll come get you": When they need a ride, they call Mr. Steve

Residents of Indianapolis' mid-north neighborhoods have their own personal chauffeur, and his name is Mr. Steve.

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Football field: Home of the Indy Steelers youth football program

When the community asked the city to include a football field in the park redevelopment plans, the city said, “No.” BUT 8 years later, the city is building a football field in the park, thanks to MLK Center!

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