Shepherd Community Inc

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Shepherd's programming is designed to help children and adults build a strong base in four key areas of their lives: physical, emotional, academic and spiritual by providing programs that make up a Continuum of Care.

Building upward stability - Our neighbors on the near eastside of Indianapolis live on the edge of crisis. Shepherd works to build assets into people's lives so they can break the bonds of generational poverty. By fighting systemic causes and serving with life-long, relationship-based care, Shepherd makes a difference - physically, socially, and spiritually.

Serving the community - Shepherd walks alongside our neighbors in every phase of life, meeting people where they are and encouraging them to lives of greater wholeness. We see and serve each person-from newborn babies to students, working families to lonely shut-ins-with wrap-around programs, one-on-one mentoring, and community outreach with a long-term focus.

Supporting pandemic needs - The Coronavirus pandemic continues to deeply impact our neighbors. Food insecurity, job instability, educational upheaval, and isolation are all major issues for the families Shepherd serves. Since March, we've worked hard to implement support and relief, while continuing to build relationships even in a time of social distancing. Our long-term plan for focuses on five key areas of need-Learning, Food, Medical, Connection/Mental Health, and Family Support-critical for helping our community adapt and thrive.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Shepherd Community Inc
4107 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201


Phone: 317-375-0203


Organization details

EIN: 351765846

CEO/President: Jay Height

Chairman: Ben Lotter

Board size: 12


Year founded: 1988

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


At Shepherd, we do life with our neighbors, and see their felt needs first-hand. Some causes of poverty are systemic, and others are situational, but all restrict people's ability to navigate life. Breaking down our preconceived notions and cultural blind-spots is key to achieving real impact in the lives of neighbors living in generational poverty.

As we grow in our understanding of generational poverty, we know that there is no quick fix. Throwing money at the complexity of cultural and systemic issues isn't enough. That's why our relationship-based model focuses on ten key assets that we've found are essential for breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

1. Faith in a personal God who provides purpose and guidance is foundational for hope.

2. Physical health and mobility are key to functioning at school, at work, and within social networks.

3. Relationships provide critical help in times of need, stress, and crisis.

4. Emotional control enables healthy responses to negative circumstances and challenge.

5. Mental acuity in academic skills and critical thinking supports good decision-making.

6. Identifying with stable adults that model stability, planning, and perseverance promotes growth.

7. Self-advocacy-the belief that you can question the status quo and pursue your dreams-empowers change.

8. Knowledge of dominant, mainstream culture helps people succeed and get things done in work and life.

9. Future-orientation supports long-term planning, life-long learning, and perseverance.

10. The money to provide for basic needs such as housing, food, and healthcare is foundational for escaping generational poverty.

Mission statement

Shepherd Community Center's mission is to break the cycle of poverty on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis by engaging and empowering the community to cultivate healthy children, strong families, and vibrant neighborhoods through a Christ-centered approach that meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs of our neighbors.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating656 of 89426 of 43
Fund acquisition rating749 of 89438 of 43
Resource allocation rating455 of 89421 of 43
Asset utilization rating472 of 89420 of 43

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$53,778$125,007$1,232,588$259,775$360,563
Short-term investments$6,013,341$5,278,515$4,910,933$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,878,799$6,137,365$7,080,152$7,738,495$1,050,243
Long-term investments$0$0$965,195$0$0
Fixed assets$1,238,512$1,504,910$1,745,298$1,747,901$1,844,908
Other long-term assets$28,270$0$0$0$369,800
Total long-term assets$1,266,782$1,504,910$2,710,493$1,747,901$2,214,708
Total assets$8,145,581$7,642,275$9,790,645$9,486,396$3,264,951
Payables and accrued expenses$203,859$184,098$189,145$148,792$268,172
Other current liabilities$238,664$73,665$48,000$131,159$21,420
Total current liabilities$442,523$257,763$237,145$279,951$289,592
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$31,260$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$31,260$55,000$0$0$994,885
Total liabilities$473,783$312,763$237,145$279,951$1,284,477
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$0$2,238,497$1,364,637$543,643
Permanently restricted$0$5,589,740$5,150,000$5,150,000$0
Net assets$7,671,798$7,329,512$9,553,500$9,206,445$1,980,474
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Total contributions$4,201,283$3,246,105$4,907,594$10,833,545$4,150,847
Program service revenue$1,219,952$1,310,605$1,238,253$1,116,350$899,770
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$393,921$270,445$86,642($119,621)($141,145)
Other revenue$0$136,867$36,616$33,109$0
Total other revenue$1,613,873$1,717,917$1,361,511$1,029,838$758,625
Total revenue$5,815,156$4,964,022$6,269,105$11,863,383$4,909,472
Program services$4,908,225$4,291,261$4,504,160$3,412,735$3,403,089
Management and general$509,556$1,631,754$833,904$670,469$682,531
Total expenses$6,119,891$6,566,959$6,208,023$4,637,412$4,686,543
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($304,735)($1,602,937)$61,082$7,225,971$222,929
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($304,735)($1,602,937)$61,082$7,225,971$222,929


Jay HeightExecutive Director$150,503
Richard WestlakeCFO$105,036
Andrew GreenAsst Executive Director$95,375

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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When you give to Shepherd Community Center, you make a difference in the lives of the children, families, and neighbors we serve. Your gift helps to feed, educate, and care for your neighbors, providing a continuum of relationship-based care.