Monthly Mission Focus – Fletcher Place Community Center

With roots in the United Methodist Church, Fletcher Place Community Center was started in 1872, as a small outreach in the South side of downtown Indianapolis. This year they celebrate 150 years of supporting families, youth and homeless all year long! Fletcher Place to compassionately provide programs that ease the burden of low to moderate income individuals who struggle with life’s basic needs. Hunger and financial deficiencies continue to be a reality in Indianapolis, especially during the pandemic.

Fletcher Place provides programs such as a Free Thrift Store, Food Pantry, Christmas Program, Golden Age, Hot Meals, and daily distribution of sack meals. They are currently transitioning to expand the reach of their services, partnering with Southeast Community Services (SECS), who are located at nearby 901 S. Shelby. SECS have provided a limited food pantry, coaching for employment, education, access to financial support, helping families move toward financial independence, as well as HealthNet health clinic. This exciting new partnership combines services of both centers, highlighting their expertise in assisting families with a continuum of care, while also allowing the current space on Prospect to be focused on their preschool program, REACH Early Learning.

Each month, St. Mark’s volunteers cook and serve breakfast at Fletcher Place. Click here to find out more and sign up to help.

 

Throughout April St. Mark’s is collecting non-perishable food for Fletcher Place’s food pantry, as food insecurity is their current greatest need. Last year they provided over 39,000 meals to hungry families through the food pantry. Donations may be left inside door #2, such as:

  • Instant Oatmeal packets
  • Canned Veggies, Fruit, and Meat
  • Canned Soups, Chili
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Cereal

OATMEAL COLLECTED ALL YEAR LONG!

St. Mark’s is the “oatmeal” church for the Fletcher Place food pantry. Oatmeal (instant packets prefered) donations are collected throughout the year and may be left inside Door #2.

Fletcher Place Breakfast now at 901 S. Shelby Street

NEW LOCATION & NEW DAY FOR BREAKFAST SERVING! St. Mark’s has long provided breakfast, once a month, for Fletcher Place Community Center. We are excited for the return of serving hot meals in person, to the Fletcher Place community, at their new location, which includes new meal schedules. St. Mark’s will now provide breakfast on FRIDAY mornings, once a month. Volunteers meet at St. Mark’s, load up supplies, drive to Fletcher Place, where meals are cooked and served. Thank you for helping keep hungry Indianapolis fed! Contact Stephanie Cohen for more info at scohen@stmarkscarmel.org or sign up today. Click here to sign up.

Fletcher Place Christmas Program

During November we will be collecting toys, clothing, and food items that will be given to the Fletcher Place Community Center for their Christmas Program. This provides a shopping service for parents living in poverty, who have been qualified as needing assistance, to have Christmas food and gifts for their families. Fletcher Place will be assembling specific wish lists for respective families, in hopes of providing a nice Christmas for each family.

Please click here to select specific food, clothing and gifts needed. Donations should be NEW and UNWRAPPED and may be dropped off by Monday, November 22, 2022.

For more information or to volunteer at their Christmas Program contact Stephanie Cohen, scohen@stmarkscarmel.org.

 

Please contact Stephanie Cohen if you would like to know more or visit the Fletcher Place website.