Serving the families and children in the Near Eastside neighborhood of Indianapolis.
• Providing needed services to all members of the family.
• Developing partnerships.
• Teaching families and children to become more self-sustaining.
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Tyrell was a first-grader at Westminster. He began working with a mentor, who saw tremendous improvement in his work over time.
Tyrell was unable to recognize the sight words required for him to pass on to the next grade level. Initially he was only able to recognize a couple of the words without much help. Now he is able to recognize all of the sight words.
When Tyrell started in Westminster's program, he was very quiet and barely spoke. He struggled with the basic things he needed to know for kindergarten, including his alphabet, writing and saying numbers, color recognition and how to write his name. Tyrell started working with a reading specialist, and she encouraged him to learn all of these things. She also was able to help him focus on completing his homework.
Over the last few years, Tyrell has become very independent and has grown academically.
Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. reaches out to serve the families and children in the growing inner-city area of Indianapolis’s Near Eastside. Forty-one percent of the families in WNS' neighborhood live at or below the poverty line, compared to 15 percent in Indianapolis and 11 percent nationally. For these families, poverty, stress, illiteracy, joblessness and hunger are often daily struggles.