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.

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EMCC Food Pantry:

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

1 PM - 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 through Edna Martin Christian Center for rent and utilities:
  • Rent Assistance may be available through the Indy Rent website.
  • Utility Assistance is available for gas and electric through the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). For those who do not qualify financially for assistance under EAP guidelines, the Winter Assistance Fund, may be available. Both programs run through the end of May, 2021. Applications accepted here at EMCC (phone 317-637-3776 for appointment) or at EAP website.

Edna Martin
Childcare Ministry:

Our childcare ministry is open at 70% capacity with outdoor drop-off and pick-up procedures. Adults will no longer need to enter the building. We will check the children (and the staff) for temperature as they enter. Childcare will be provided at our main campus (2605 E 25th Street) from 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.  Daycare at our second campus (Leadership & Legacy Center, 2259 Ralston Ave.) will resume in early June, 2021.

All meals (including formula), snacks, diapers, wipes are included. Families must pre- register, and space is limited due to social distancing guidelines. 

Face masks are still required for entry, and the facility itself is continually being upgraded for health and safety. The walls, for instance, have been painted with a special, anti-microbial paint.

Still, we ask that parents use common sense before dropping off their children:

  • STAY HOME if you or anyone in your household is sick
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Observe social distancing
  • Get Vaccinated

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: Kayla  Winters at kwinters@ednamartincc.org

EMCC Youth Programs,
Before Care,  
After Care, and
Summer Day Camp:

Summer Programming:
Summer Camp will begin on June 7th, 2021, with four days at Indian Creek Baptist Camp. Day camp will begin June 11, at our Leadership & Legacy Location. We have a maximum capacity of 50 students at Indian Creek, and 110 students for our Day Camp.

Out-of-School Time (OST) Programming:
OST includes Before-care and After-school programming. We anticipate fully re-opening our OST programs in August, 2021. 

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

Access to the Building: The Leadership & Legacy Center is closed for renovation currently, but should open for Day Camp on June 11, 2021. 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):

CETA classes are currently a hybrid of online and in-person. HSE classes are currently conducted in-person by partner Marian University at our main campus at 2605 E 25th Street.

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 Charla Hayes at chayes@ednamartincc.org.

Two-Generation
(2Gen) Programming:

In this difficult and confusing time, our 2Gen 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 2Gen and the Martindale-Brightwood Education Zone, contact: Trina Boyd at tboyd@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:

Take-Home School Lunches: Indianapolis Public Schools offers take-home school lunches for those students who elect to learn at home. Pertinent details can be found by clicking here.  The program is open to all students age 18 and younger, including non-IPS students. Meals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free or Low-Cost 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.

Other 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.