shep2Shepherd Community Center works with neighborhood youth and their families “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 physical, emotional, spiritual, and academic needs of our neighbors.” Watch a video to learn more!



At Shepherd, we embrace six core values that define our approach to helping families break the cycle of poverty:

faith_icon-150x150A Christ-Centered Life of Faith

Shepherd Community is a community of faith, grounded in serving people in a way that clearly reflects the foundational characteristics of Jesus Christ and His Church. We have found that faith is best practiced through specific behaviors and attributes as one serves at Shepherd Community. Watch a video to learn more!


hope_icon-150x150An Attitude of Hope

We are optimistic and confident that through our actions and our example, Shepherd can bring the hope of Christ to people’s lives. Those we serve are quickly aware of the staff and volunteers who demonstrate a hopeful attitude and our families are drawn toward this hope. There are specific qualities and characteristics our families see in these staff and volunteers, making their service effective and impactful. Watch a video to learn more!


service_icon-150x150A Dedication to Service

Demonstrating a compassionate and caring heart toward those we serve and with whom we serve is a constant and intentional part of our culture. A servant’s heart is characterized by the actions of the servant, not merely by his or her words. Watch a video to learn more!


focus_icon-150x150An Unwavering Focus on Mission and Purpose

In the face of so much need and despair in our community, Shepherd remains focused on the challenging task of breaking the cycle of poverty on the near Eastside of Indianapolis. We address the challenges we witness in our neighborhood while maintaining a clear sense of our mission and purpose. Watch a video to learn more!


community_icon-150x150A Commitment to Community

We are committed to building and deepening our relationships with our neighbors and stakeholders, recognizing that working and living with them in community benefits us all. We experience life with our neighbors and remain committed to improving the community. Watch a video to learn more!


complete_icon-150x150A Desire for Complete Health and Wholeness

Physically, emotionally, spiritually, and academically, we are striving to build a culture where we nurture the complete health of every member of our community. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to pursuing healthy, whole lifestyles. Watch a video to learn more!