Shepherd Community is a faith-based, inner-city ministry that works to break the cycle of poverty on the near East-Side of Indianapolis by educating and empowering the second generation. Shepherd serves more than 500 families (1,000+ individuals) annually.

A core set of programs make up a Continuum of Care, which is available to participants from birth through adulthood. Comprehensive services include:

  • emergency/basic services
  • preschool/early elementary
  • after-school and summer programming
  • college access programming
  • family relationship programming
  • job training and placement assistance

It is Shepherd’s practice to hold children to higher standards, to respect them and their families, to offer support, and to help them succeed in life. It is Shepherd’s goal to change this neighborhood by educating and empowering the second generation so that each child in it can change his or her life and the lives of their families.


To break the cycle of poverty on the near East-Side of Indianapolis by engaging and empowering the community to cultivate healthy children, strong families, and vibrant neighborhoods through a Christ-centered approach that meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs of our neighbors.

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Get Involved

Sometimes people prefer to give financially. Other times, people prefer to give material things. Shepherd makes it easy for you to donate whichever works best for you, including a monthly sponsorship to Hands Up for Indy.

Shepherd provides a variety of opportunities for individuals, organizations, families, churches and the community. Click here for a list of opportunities, including upcoming special events.

There are many ways to join Shepherd Community. If you would like to join them in their mission, click here for a list of opportunities – including business and church partners, planned giving, internships and job postings.

In All Seasons

Watch to learn a little more about Shepherd Community Center and their need to help kids in all seasons of life!


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