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6 Tips for Getting Your Child Back into the School Mindset

Posted on: August 4, 2017

Summer might be a vacation from school, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to take a break from learning. In fact, the summer months are some of the most critical months for keeping your child’s learning a high priority. This is because of the summer slide or, the regression in children’s learning during the extended…

Employment Services at The Ada Jenkins Center: Helping Client Partners Secure Work

Posted on: February 28, 2017

Employment assistance is among the many services the Ada Jenkins Center is excited to offer. This assistance helps client partners connect with employers and find work – which plays a crucial role in improving their quality of life. Here is what you should know about employment services at the Center:  The Employment Specialist Is Ready…

On Hunger, Giving Thanks, and Paying It Forward This Holiday Season

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and while many associate the holiday with turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and giving thanks, a quick history refresher on the origins of the holiday shows it has roots in caring for one another. That’s right – after the Pilgrims arrived at the would-be Plymouth in late 1620, cold temperatures, disease and…

The Ada Jenkins Free Clinic Works to Keep Our Patients Healthy

Posted on: October 20, 2016

Coughing, sneezing, fevers and chills – the inevitable flu and cold season are upon us. Fortunately, the Ada Jenkins Free Clinic is working to keep people healthy. Our medical clinic offers free services to uninsured individuals in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell counties. A person must only show a valid ID and proof of address…

The Importance Of Transportation For Getting Out Of Poverty

Posted on: September 12, 2016

For many unemployed people living in poverty, finding a job is only half the problem. The other half? Getting to work. Owning a car can be an enormous financial burden. In one article published by the Boston Globe, the author notes that transportation can cost as much as ¼ of the family budget for an…

Ada in Action: Emily’s Story

Posted on: August 19, 2016

I initially came with my service dog, Blaze, to the Ada Jenkins Center to meet with Crisis Assistance Ministry for financial assistance. Some time later, we returned because we no longer had a place to live. All of our belongings were in storage and we lived in a nearby hotel. Blaze and I went back…

Saddling Up For A New School Year

Posted on: August 10, 2016

By Elizabeth Davis With August in full force, families are gearing up for a farewell to summer and a return to school. Education is important, especially when there’s a positive correlation between the levels of education attained and median income. According to the results of a study published by the Mecklenburg County Manager’s Office, county…

Ada in Action: Scenes from Love Week

Posted on: July 19, 2016

Last week was Elevation Church’s annual LOVE Week, and they poured out love on the Center and our community. Volunteers worked in the pantry and organized a carnival for our client-partners, their children, and members of the community. Parents and kids were able to play games together and receive a free meal. Thank you Elevation!

Ada in Action: Rachel’s Story

Posted on: May 20, 2016

Rachel, a single mom with two children, is a domestic violence survivor. When she became homeless and turned to the Ada Jenkins Center, we partnered with her to find shelter, food, and financial assistance until she could stand on her own two feet again. Many client-partners use Ada Jenkins’ services, but we serve as an…

Ada in Action: Charlyn’s Story

Posted on: April 28, 2016

We firmly believe that education is the key to ending poverty, and we love working with client-partners like Charlyn to further their education! As a single mother, Charlyn came to the Ada Jenkins Center seeking employment, education and housing. She worked closely with one of our case managers to develop a plan to meet these…