EMCC’s COVID-19 response

Edna Martin Christian Center believes that it is in the best interest of our constituents and the community at large to take the following precautions. We at EMCC are forced to be flexible and adaptable in this crisis, so please check this page regularly for the latest updates. We ask for your understanding and patience as we weather these challenges together. 

CERF-C supports EMCC

THANK YOU to the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) -- a community fund established by founding partners Lilly Endowment Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation (through the Glick Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation), Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and United Way of Central Indiana. Their support is making a crucial difference in our neighborhood and throughout our city.


EMCC Food Pantry:

The EMCC food pantry will remain open, pending further developments.
EMCC has temporarily expanded hours of pantry operation:

11 AM-3 PM, Monday through Friday

Families may be served once per week (rather than once per month) and will receive a pre-packed bag of food. Please check back frequently; these measures are dependent on demand and pantry supply levels and may change.  EMCC is in continual communication with other local providers and funders about additional supports and resources for food access.

The following document is required:
•  State ID

For more information, contact Andrea Murphy at amurphy@ednamartincc.org or call 317-637-3776.

EMCC Social Services:

Winter Assistance Fund may be available for those who do not qualify for the Energy Assistance Program.

The following documents are required: 
• State ID
• Proof of income
• Both utility bills

For more information, contact Andrea Murphy at amurphy@ednamartincc.org

Edna Martin
Childcare Ministry:

All EMCC Childcare Sites suspended programming as of March 13 and resume when safe to do so. Please be patient with us since the COVID crisis is an ever-evolving situation. We will update this site when changes are necessary. Please check back to see the latest information.

Learning at home: For registered preschooler families living in the 46218 zip code, we will be delivering Learn-At-Home packets. Registered families living outside that zip code may pick up their packets at our main location at 37 Place. If there are any packets left over, they will be made available to non-registered families during food-pantry hours (see above).

Virtual learning anywhere: E-learning-virtual classroom instruction is avialable for all ages. Details will be sent to registered families by text or the Remind app.

Tuition:  During the closure, families are not expected to pay tuition. Families with CCDF vouchers, may choose to utilize personal days during the break.

Food Access: While childcare/preschool are suspended, EMCC staff will be distributing “grab and go” food packages to current enrolled families. All details will be sent via Remind.

For more information or questions about childcare, contact: 
Alexandra J. Hall, M.A. ahall@ednamartincc.org  or  
Kayla A. Winters kwinters@ednamartincc.org

EMCC Youth Programs,
Before Care,  
After Care, and
Spring Break Day Camp:

All in-person EMCC youth programs, before-care, and after-care are suspended and will resume when safe to do so (our target reopening is  Monday, May 4). However, the COVID crisis is an ever-evolving situation and the re-start date may need to change. We will update this site when changes are necessary. Please check back to see the latest information.

Connecting online: The Youth Department is connecting with registered youth virtually with a Book Club and other activities.

Spring Break Day Camp:  Spring Break Day Camp will not be held. We are aware that some have paid in advance for the Day Camp, and we will be handling each constituent on a  case-by-case basis. Please be patient with us.

Tuition:  All automatic payments will be suspended -- you will not be charged during this temporary closure.

Access to the Building:   The Leadership & Legacy Center will be closed to the public throughout this hiatus.

For more information or questions about out-of-school time programs, contact:
Jamie Scott at jscott@ednamartincc.org

EMCC Senior Programs:

All in-person EMCC senior programs, including Bingo, Exercise, and Bible Study are suspended and should resume again the week of May 4. However, the COVID crisis is an ever-evolving situation and the re-start date may need to change. We will update this site when changes are necessary. Please check back to see the latest information.

Bible Study: Bible Study is now be offered through an on-line streaming forum. For those who prefer, it will also be offered as a conference call.

Ongoing Assistance: Staff will continue to reach out to seniors by phone and email. Staff will be able to make food deliveries and do some errands on a limited basis.

Building Access:  The Leadership & Legacy Center will be closed to the public throughout this hiatus.

For more information or questions about senior programs, contact: 
Becky Besser at (317) 605-8729 or bbesser@ednamartincc.org

Career Education and Training Academy (CETA):

All CETA classes, including those provided by Marian University, are suspended until further notice. There will be no in-person instruction or interaction between teacher and student until further notice. Staff is currently evaluating other instructional options. Check back here for updates.

Daily lunch service at 37 Place is suspended until further notice.

For more information or questions about CETA programs, contact:
Tawnya McCrary at tmccrary@ednamartincc.org

YES Indy REC Program / Pivot Program:

Eastern Star Church is closing their gymnasium through the end of April. The Yes Indy REC / Pivot Program, including basketball and meals, is suspended on the same schedule.

For more info about the Yes Indy REC / Pivot Program, contact Jacquita Pettigrew at jpettigrew@ednamartincc.org  or Tawnya McCrary at tmccrary@ednamartincc.org

Great Families 2020 /
2-Gen Programming:

In this difficult and confusing time, GF2020/2-Gen teams are here to assist registered families. We highly encourage families to reach out to their Family Success Coaches for news, updates and resources. Coaches are available to serve families virtually through zoom meetings, as well as phone, email and text. For more information about Great Families 2020 and the Martindale-Brightwood Education Zone, contact: Maria Baca at mbaca@ednamartincc.org.

Community Solutions and Entrepreneurship Center (CESC):

The Business Growth Forum originally scheduled for March 26 will be held as a live, virtual event on April 23, 6-8 PM. The event will be recorded, and will be available to the community afterward. Registered participants will be apprised of next steps by email.

One-on-one coaching will be virtual by Skype, FaceTime, or the like.

Classes in Marion County Jail II may be affected. We will post updates here as they develop.

For more information or questions about CESC programs, contact:  Immanuel Ivy at iivey@ednamartincc.org

Community-Wide Resources:

Food Service: Indianapolis Public Schools will have food service during the closure. Pertinent details can be found by clicking here.  Meal service is open to all students age 18 and younger, including non-IPS students. Meals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Food Service: KIPP-Indy Middle School at 1740 E 30th Street. is providing meal bundles, 11 AM to 1 PM on Mondays and Thursdays, for all students age 18 and younger, including non-KIPP students. Bundles are intended to provide for three days, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and after pickup, we ask that visitors do not congregate to support public health recommendations on social distancing.

Food Service: Indy Parks is offering meal service 3-4 PM, Monday-Friday, at Douglass Park to all children 18 and younger. Adults can receive sandwiches (provided by Second Helpings).  Other parks offer meals on different schedules. Click here to see complete details on the Indy Parks FaceBook page. 

Free Internet: Comcast is providing free internet to low-income families for two months. Click here for more details.     Spectrum is also offering free broadband and WIFI internet access to students impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. Call 1-844-488-8395 for more information.

Public Transportation: Indy Go will run fewer buses but they will be free. Monday-Saturday, buses will run on the Saturday schedule only. The Sunday schedule remains unchanged. Riders are to enter from the rear door and sit one person per row.

Lights and water stay on: IPL's in-person Customer Service Center is temporarily closed to the public, due to COVID-19. According to WISH-TV Channel 8, "Indianapolis Power & Light Company announced Saturday it was suspending disconnection of services for nonpayment until April 15." That does not mean that it is free. "IPL is urging customers to maintain timely bill payments." According to WRTV Channel 6, "Citizens Energy will not be disconnecting utility services until April 15. The company will also grant any requests for water turn-on until April 15." You can reach Citizen's Energy at (317) 924-3311. You can reach IP&L at (317) 261.8222.

Indianapolis-Area Resources: Click here to follow posts on this Facebook Group page for real-time updates on local resources during the COVID-19 crisis.

Indiana's COVID-19 webpage: The state's site has statistics regarding infections and deaths throughout the state. There are also many useful links about Indiana's response. Go to: https://coronavirus.in.gov/

Donations and Support:

Many of you have reached out with concerns regarding how staff will be supported while EMCC programs are suspended.  Please be assured EMCC's Executive Leadership team is working diligently to ensure that staff do not suffer significant financial hardship during this time.  Families wanting to contribute directly to EMCC may provide donations earmarked for staff support, food pantry supplies, and other needs by mailing donations

or donating online  by clicking here.