We exist to help people create lasting solutions for economic stability

During our most recent program year:

(July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021)

  • 1,390 people received groceries through the Loaves and Fishes pantry
  • 774 clients connected with AJC services through 9,974 visits
  • 273 families received COVID-related emergency financial assistance totaling more than $720,000
  • 201 households had their tax returns prepared for free  (cost savings of $50,000; average refund of $1,687)
  • 57 students received afterschool support – either virtual or in-person – through our LEARN Works program, for the entire school year
  • 38 students took part in our ‘pandemic pod’ LEARN Works Day program, which allowed their parents to maintain their employment during COVID

Steven’s Story

Steven S., a graduate of our LEARN Works program and a 2021 graduate of Hough High School, has started his college journey at Appalachian State University! Steven didn’t know how to navigate the college application process, but his Ada Jenkins Center family case manager, Maritza, worked with him to complete his FAFSA, plan his college essays, and apply to several colleges. Click here to read more. 


The LEARN Works School Year is Underway!

LEARN Works is Ada Jenkins Center’s longest-running program. Operating for more than 15 years, LEARN Works is an afterschool academic program for local elementary and middle school students. Our students attend Davidson K-8, Cornelius Elementary, Huntersville Elementary, and Bailey Middle Schools and are referred to our program by a school teacher or administrator.

Everyone has a dream.

We help hard-working people as they strive to achieve theirs.

While the Lake Norman area is primarily affluent, thousands of our neighbors are struggling to attain economic stability. Whether someone wants to secure a better job, additional education, safer housing, or financial self-sufficiency, we are here to help. Our Center serves as a resource hub for families in Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville.

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Our Services

the Holistic Approach

Families create a comprehensive plan for change by using any combination of our economic mobility, economic supports, and education services.

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It takes a generous community to support families as they gain education, skills, and financial self-sufficiency. Your gift will help us build a better tomorrow, together.

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