NFP of NOTE: Christamore House Family and Community Center

IBJ Staff
January 12, 2009
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Christamore House Family and Community Center

Address: 502 N. Tremont Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46222

Phone: (317) 635-7211

Fax: (317) 635-1388

Web site: www.christamorehouse.org

Founded: 1905

Paid employees: 22

Highest-paid staff member: Dionne Leslie, executive director, $55,000

Top volunteers: Becky Schenck, past president of Christamore House Guild, guild member and volunteer for 15 years. Marge Kroeger, guild member since 1949.


In partnership with the communities of Marion County, Christamore House is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families through diverse educational, recreational, social and health programs.


Dionne Leslie, executive director

Tehea Harding, controller

Tiffany Creager, early childhood education center director

Jimmie Harrington, youth director

Jan Vandever, director of social services


Carol Phipps, president

Shenia L. Suggs, first vice president

Lettie Oliver, second vice president

Milton Flowers, treasurer

Diane G. Thompson, secretary

Kelly Bodner, president Christamore House Guild

Sarah Robinson, guild president-elect

Steve Baranyk

Lolita Campbell

Claudia Earls

Greg Morris

David C. Murray

Toma Shephard

Troy Turner

Reginald Walton


Early Childhood Education Center: Through literacy, math, the arts, and quality care, this program educates children ages 3 through 5 and prepares them for a lifetime of learning. A staff of four teachers accommodates up to 28 students.

School-age child care: A safe place for children in kindergarten through eighth grade before and after school. Children have homework help, snacks, social development, field trips and recreation.

Family services: A support system for west-side families, including emergency rent and utility assistance, a full-time employment specialist, and post-prison guidance.


Christamore House Guild Gala raised $130,000 on Nov. 8, 2008. The guild book sale and author luncheon in April 2008 raised $65,000.


2007 income: $1,249,313

2007 expenses: $1,058,893

2007 assets: $1,100,791

2008 projected income: $1,237,527

2008 projected expenses: $1,194,549

Fiscal year begins: Jan. 1



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