Everyone Has a Story

We help people in crisis rewrite theirs.

Crisis can easily deplete savings and push vulnerable families and individuals further into poverty. Whether someone is facing unemployment or homelessness, struggling in school, or has lost their health insurance, we are here to help. Our Center serves as a resource hub for North Mecklenburg and South Iredell Counties.

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Our Greatest Needs
121

Students

received academic
tutoring and enrichment

1,038

Patients

received medical and / or
dental care

2,821

People

utilized Human Services
programs

1,922

Individuals

received food through
our pantry

*2015-2016 Stats
121

Students

received academic
tutoring and enrichment

1,038

Patients

received medical and / or
dental care

2,821

People

utilized Human Services
programs

1,922

Individuals

received food through
our pantry

*2015-2016 Stats
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Volunteers serve in our medical and dental clinics, tutor our students, work in our food pantry, and so much more!

Our History
Ada Jenkins’ Story

In the 1930's, fire destroyed a small wooden schoolhouse in the Mock Circle area of Davidson. Despite the Great Depression and limited funding from the Mecklenburg County Board of Education, local schoolteacher Ada Jenkins rallied the community to raise enough funding to build the Davidson Colored School. It was renamed the Ada Jenkins School after Ms. Jenkins’ death in 1955.

1929

Great Depression hits Mecklenburg County

1936-37

Teacher Ada Jenkins and community raise funds for the new Davidson Colored School

1955

School posthumously renamed Ada Jenkins School

1966

School closed after integration

1970s

Opening of community Center and co-op

1998

Building renovated and established as Ada Jenkins Center

2007

Great Recession brings huge spike in demand for services

2008

New food pantry opens

2010-2016

Center finds funding for building renovation

2016 -?

Exciting news coming soon!

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What Our Client-Partners
Are Saying About Us

"Ada has meant the world to me. These are people who empower, who are knowledgeable, and who offer solutions and are aptly prepared to handle ANY crisis! "

- Charlyn, Client-Partner
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