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:

Emergency Financial Assistance is available at Edna Martin for a variety of household expenses.  If your family has been impacted by COVID-19 and is unable to pay your bills, please click the link below to apply for financial assistance.  Assistance may be available for:
  • Rental/Mortgage Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Internet/Phone Access
  • Prescription Copays
The following documents are required:  State ID, Copy of bill or lease
To apply click here:  www.mb-7.org
To learn more or to apply over the phone, call 317-637-3776 and ask for Andrea or Cicely.

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

Edna Martin
Childcare Ministry:

In an effort to continue re-acclimate students and staff to the learning environment, as well as orient families to the new drop-off and pick-up procedures, we will begin by offering drop-in care through a phased approach. Care will be provided from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. We will begin with two days of care. The next week, care will increase to three days. During week three, 5 days of care will be offered. Please find the phase in schedule below:

  • Week 1: July 1-2, 2020
  • Week 2: July 7-9, 2020
  • Week 3: July 13-17, 2020

All meals (including formula), snacks, diapers, wipes will be included. Families must pre- register, and space is limited due to social distancing guidelines. All participating families must complete a new registration form with updated contact information.

We plan to fully reopen on Monday, July 13, 2020 and hope that the phased in schedule will allow families and staff to become more comfortable with the new safety measures and updated policies.

Only currently enrolled families are eligible for phased in care.

The health and safety of our staff and families is our utmost concern.   We are urging all members of the EMCC community to partner with us in an effort to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. We are asking everyone to take the following measures:

  • STAY HOME if you or anyone in your household is sick
  • Practice proper hygiene - wash hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes… etc.
  • Observe social distancing - refrain from hugging, shaking hands… etc. and touch elbows instead.

We appreciate your understanding and collaboration in our efforts to slow the spread of this disease and related complications in our most vulnerable population - our children. We look forward to serving you!

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
Summer Day Camp:

Summer Programming:
In-person Summer Day Camp began on June 15th. We have a maximum capacity of 35 students for now. Pending the final decisions from our school partners who are likely set to reopen starting in August, we are preparing for several scenarios for OST (out-of-school time) enrichment including virtual activities, in-person day camp and regular before and after school programming. 

We will not being going to Indian Creek Camp this summer, because they have suspended their residential summer camping program for the season.

We will update this site when changes are necessary. Please check back to see the latest information.

Connecting online:
The Youth Program continues to support elementary students who are having a stay-at-home summer. Families are able to register for a bi-weekly activity kits. As of June 23, the released kits include an art-based clay activity and a STEM kit for 10+ activities that encourage families to get outdoors. Beginning June 30, we will provide several opportunities throughout the week for students to join us via Zoom to participate in virtual book club, art club and weekly STEM activities.

Middle and high school have the option to join us in our virtual summer camp that started on June 8th. These students are working to complete the Leadership Model through our partner, 220 Leadership.

Access to the Building: The Leadership & Legacy Center is closed to the general public. Students and staff have to wash hands, get a temperature check and wear masks prior to entry to the building. Guests are not permitted at this time.

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 currently suspended. They will resume again when safe to do so. 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 via Zoom every Wednesday morning.  For those who prefer, it is also be offered as a conference call. A link for the current Bible Study is posted on EMCC's FaceBook page weekly.

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.

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:
Immanuel Ivey at iivey@ednamartincc.org

YES Indy REC Program / Pivot Program:

The YES program continues with training and job opportunities, but the Pivot Program has concluded and will not be renewed in the immediate future.  For more info about the YES Program, contact Jacquita Pettigrew at jpettigrew@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):

Business Growth Forums and other CESC programs have moved online via Zoom and will continue online until it is safe to meet in person. Please refer to our FaceBook page for upcoming classes.

One-on-one coaching will be virtual by Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, 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 resumed regular service on June 1. It is advisable to where face masks on public transportation.

Lights and water stay on:
Even though Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Citizens Energy suspended disconnection of services for nonpayment until April 30, that does not mean that it is free. 

"IPL is urging customers to maintain timely bill payments."

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.