The Ada Jenkins Center founders, staff, and board of directors strongly believe that unforeseen circumstances can place people of all walks of life at risk. Whether a family has to face illness, job loss, or other life situations, we know that all people have the ability to improve their lives, and we are here to help them do so.

Working together to provide our neighbors with the tools for a better life is what The Ada Jenkins Center is all about. Through our partnership, collaboration, and volunteer mobilization, The Center has grown rapidly to become a well-respected model for community centers in the region.


Ada Jenkins is the only agency in our service area that provides clients a means of accessing a comprehensive array of services under one roof.


We firmly believe that education is the key to helping end poverty. We offer a wide array of classes including English as a Second Language, Computer Classes and LEARN Works, our afterschool tutoring and enrichment program.


We pride ourselves on offering clients an environment that is safe, confidential and encouraging. Case managers work to ensure clients have the tools they need to be successful and the support they need to encourage independence, helping them find the strength to make a difference in their own lives.


Many client-partners come to Ada in a crisis situation. We work with client-partners to end any immediate crises and then establish a foundation that allows them to build on their success. Once our client-partners can stand on their own two feet, we can work together to promote long-term self-sustanability.


We offer the following programs and services:


Social Workers • Crisis Assistance MinistriesLoaves & Fishes Food PantryLydia's LoftSunshine FundSpanish Language AssistanceDepartment of Social Services


Ada Jenkins Free ClinicMobile Community Dental ClinicCommunity Health NurseSafe Alliance




Life Compass Case ManagementLake Norman YMCA-ESL ClassesComputer Classes & AccessDSS-Senior Nutrition Program • Benefit Bank Income Tax Assistance