Yesenia’s Journey to Independence: Part 2

When Yesenia’s life took an incredibly unexpected turn, she felt like her life had lost purpose. Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC) helped her discover it again. By accessing a wide array of programs at MRNC,...

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Yesenia’s Journey to Independence: Part 1

Yesenia loves her family above all else. The mother of two spent nearly a decade happily married, focusing on raising her children and taking care of her home. But, as many of us know, life...

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The Breaking Barriers Grant Helps Brenda Achieve a Lifelong Goal

The phrase “you can’t do that” has fueled Brenda Leake for more than 50 years. To Brenda, the doubters are just another reason to work harder towards her goals. “I’ve been sick all my life...

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2Gen: The Great Families 2020 Difference

“Poverty can’t be solved as a single-issue, by a single entity, or with temporary fixes. It is complex, stubborn, and now affecting members of our community across generations,” says Ann Murtlow, president and CEO of...

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Helping Families Step Out of Poverty in Morgan County

Alice is one step away from a crisis. The mother of two works full-time, yet she continues to face financial hardship because the cost of living exceeds her wage. Each month, she struggles to afford...

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Brittany Finds Hope for the Future at Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center

When Brittany Tinoco moved to Indianapolis, she had high hopes for her new life in the city. But those hopes were doused quickly when she found herself stuck in a low-paying retail job while struggling...

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Strengthening the Far Eastside: Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE) and Great Families 2020

Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE) has advocated for the Far Eastside neighborhood of Indianapolis since the 1980’s. Their mission is to continually improve the Far Eastside and the lives of those who live...

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How the Breaking Barriers Grant and a Spice Mix Transformed Mama Ray’s Life

Francis E. Ray was in a deep depression. She had lost some of her identity after retiring and becoming her husband’s full-time caretaker. That’s when a friend suggested she sign up for a cooking course...

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Serving Families Block by Block: MLK Center and Great Families 2020

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” These words, spoken by Martin Luther King Jr., ring true...

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