Christamore Current                      2017 Issue 1

C.E.O. Corner

We have many exciting developments brewing in 2017 that I am excited to share with you.  First, I must say we are really looking forward to another productive partnership with the Christamore House Guild and its current leadership, President Jennifer Mitchell and incoming president Paige Button. The Guild has been a continuous supporter of our mission and vision here at the House. 

There are several building improvement projects scheduled for the year including adding air conditioning to our gym and auditorium and refurbishing our lower level which houses our Colts Play 60 room, STEM lab and arts and crafts room.

We also celebrate this new year with several new house staff, many of which came to the House in 2016, including myself who just celebrated my 1 year anniversary. In addition to our staff, we welcome Kelly Hubler as our Board Vice President.

I ask that you stay tuned as you will hear more about new collaborations, enhanced partnerships and events including the Christamore House Guild Book and Author Luncheon on April 21st.                                                                                    

2016 was good and we plan to make 2017 great!
Much Success,

Meet Our New Board Chair
Mari Swayne is our 2017 Board Chair

We would like to introduce you to our incoming Board Chair, Mari Swayne. Mari is not new to Christamore House. In fact, she grew up running the halls of the House and participating in youth programming here. She has also been a devoted member of the Christamore House Board of Directors. Mari is an advocate of family and youth services and has dedicated her life to serving others. She is currently the  Director of  Pike Career & STEM Center and former President of the Alpha Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 

We look forward to another amazing year with Mari as our Chair. 

Christmas at Christamore
More than 600 kids received gifts 

Christmas is an exciting time of year, often described as the most wonderful.  We no doubt made that true for many families in December.  With the help of our generous supports we were able to provide more than  600 kids with gifts this year. This would not have been possible without our donors; Allison Transmission, IUPUI, Lilly Endowment, Toys for Tots, Pacers Sports and Entertainment, United Christmas Service, Lilly Foundation, Catholic Charities,  RN and Allied and a host of individual donors. We also want to thank YOU as the work we do is made possible by people like you.  

Lilly Endowment Grants $100 Million to Human Services
Christamore House Receives $5 million for financial sustainability

Contact:                                                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shayla Pinner                                                                                           January 13, 2017
Indianapolis, IN - Christamore House Family and Community Center has received a grant of $5 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.'s commitment to helping human service organizations that strive to improve the lives of low-income individuals and families and strengthen their communities in Indianapolis and throughout the state.

Christamore House will use the grant funds to establish a substantial endowment and make critical facility repairs and improvements that are imperative to its ability to deliver and sustain the programs and services necessary to improve the quality of life for residents of Haughville and the Near Westside for generations to come. 

"This life-changing grant from Lilly Endowment will ensure Christamore House continues its service to the families of Haughville and the Near Westside for years to come," said Pitt Thompson, Christamore House C.E.O. "This grant will fund needed facility improvements that will sustain our historic facility for future generations."

Lilly Endowment is making a total of $100 million in grants to 15 organizations through this initiative to help them enhance their long-term impact by building stronger financial futures. Many of the organizations will use their grants to establish endowments or fortify an existing endowment so they can have more flexibility and greater capacity to work strategically.
These grants complement the Endowment's regular support for human service organizations, including grants to the United Way of Central Indiana.
"The grants offer transformative opportunities for the organizations to secure strong financial futures," said Ace Yakey, Lilly Endowment's vice president for community development. "Unlike support for day-to-day operations, these funds will help each organization strengthen its financial infrastructure so it can serve more people over the long-term and weather unexpected financial challenges. These grants do not alleviate the need for the organizations to attract ongoing support for their efforts. Indeed, we hope the grants will help them more effectively attract support for their important work."
For more information about Lilly Endowment and the other organizations selected visit .
For 111 years, the Christamore House, formally the Christamore College Settlement, has provided social service programs and opportunities for residents in the Indianapolis community, helping them improve their quality of life. 
It is the mission of Christamore House to provide the very best early childhood education, after school programming, senior citizen services, preventative services and employment assistance to the residents of the Haughville and Near Westside communities.  Christamore also strives to offer the most comprehensive summer learning and amateur boxing programs in the city of Indianapolis.
Lilly Endowment selected Christamore House and the others in the initiative because they are critical to community efforts to serve at-risk residents in their neighborhoods. By doing so they help build social capital, which is critical for addressing the range of challenges neighborhoods face.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family - J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli - through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment is primarily committed to the causes of community development, education and religion and has a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and its home state, Indiana.

Catch Us At the Game
DaMarion Jackson

Jim Kinney, CEO of Kinney Group, donated a ball boy experience to Christamore House.  Our after school kids entered into a drawing for the experience. DaMarion Jackson, a 5th grader at Garden City Elementary, School was our winner and will be the ball boy at an upcoming Pacers game. 

DaMarion loves sports and is super excited about this experience. He has not picked which game he wants to attend just yet, but we will keep you posted.