The center which has served the Black Community of Indianapolis for decades will be closing its doors, and their absence will be felt.
For over 40 years, The Forest Manor Community Center has stood as a pillar for the Black Community on the intersection of 38th Street and Arlington. In 1973 the Center began offering services mainly catered to the underserved Black Community in the local area. In it’s decades of existence, thousands upon thousands of Black Families & Youth have benefitted from the multiple services and opportunities offered at little cost aimed to improve their standard of living.
However, it was recently announced by the Center’s Interim Executive Director that the building would be shutting it’s doors on August 1st. “There’s a lot of change going on and there are great community partners right now,” Harrison told Fox 59. “The time is right where we can hand off our programs and people can really be taken care of well and simultaneously we can step back during this pause and take a fresh look at the community and the people and the other resources and determine what makes the most sense for the future moving forward.”
Forest Manor Multi-Service Center announced it is closing its doors to clients August 1 https://t.co/Gpncl2HtE4
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According to financial records recently released, the center finished 2016 with over $76,000 in debt. Over a quarter of the revenues raised yearly by the center comes from The United Way of America, and it was unclear if the group would increase it’s contributions to Forest Manor moving forward.
Even though leadership of Forest Manor have insisted that the shutdown may not be permanent — as the Center “reevaluates its place in the community” — all of it’s current clients will be transferred to new agencies and programs within the next 10 days, the Center has stated.
People expressed their sadness and disbelief throughout social media, noting how much Forest Manor has helped the community throughout it’s existence.