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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, Oct. 4, 2019 – The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities announced today that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will speak at the opening of its 2019 National Conference, taking place Oct. 16-18 at the Westin Indianapolis, 241 W. Washington St. The Governor’s remarks take place Oct. 16 from 9-10:30 a.m. The Governor will be introduced by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

The conference is co-chaired by John Boner Neighborhood Centers - an Indianapolis-based organization that works to improve quality of life in the near eastside of the city - and Lampion Center, an Evansville-based organization that supports individuals, children, and families find stability through counseling, adoption services and community outreach. The conference is supported in part by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to John Boner Neighborhood Centers.  

According to James Taylor, CEO of the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, “We are excited to have Governor Holcomb provide opening remarks to guests coming from many of the most innovative and preeminent community-based and family-serving organizations from across the United States.”

The Alliance is a national strategic action network of thousands of dedicated social sector professionals helping the nation’s leading community-based human service organizations more positively impact their communities. Taylor said, “We are grateful for Lilly Endowment’s sponsorship of this important gathering of human services leaders, especially in these times, as our country addresses poverty, inequities and related social justice issues.”

The Lilly Endowment grant is helping to fund scholarships so that leaders of several Indianapolis human services organizations can attend the national gathering. The grant also supports a keynote event on the innovative approach of Indianapolis human services leaders and a welcome reception for attendees at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.”

The keynote event on Oct. 16 will feature a panel discussion, “Accelerating Social and Economic Mobility on Indy’s Near Eastside.” Leaders from Indianapolis’ human services ecosystem will discuss the many interconnected barriers that families face in achieving economic mobility, and how they are intentionally working to improve conditions in which families live, so that they can thrive. The panel will be moderated by Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus and will include Angie Carr Klitzsch, president and CEO of EmployIndy; Lauren Day, director of public relations for IndyGo; Jacob Sipe, executive director of Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority; and James Taylor, CEO of John Boner Neighborhood Centers.

Local organizations receiving scholarships to attend the Conference include: Christamore House, Concord Neighborhood Center, Edna Martin Christian Center, Families First, Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana, Hawthorne Community Center, Horizon House, La Plaza, Martin Luther King Community Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Second Helpings, Shepherd Community Center, Southeast Community Services, The Villages of Indiana, Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School (now called Near Eastside Innovation Corp), and Westminster Neighborhood Services.

The welcome reception will take place on Oct. 16 from 5:45-8:15 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 

The Alliance has called upon community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop their capacity for innovation. To that end, the Alliance is presenting a special feature from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 called “CBO of the Future.” This will entail demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies that organizations are using to innovate, network, and increase their efficiencies.

In addition to its focus on local organizations, the conference will showcase practice, policy, and research that advance the social sector’s knowledge and action in the following areas:

  • Thriving and Vibrant Nonprofit Sector: Advancing practices and policies that ensure a well-resourced and financially sustainable nonprofit sector that is resilient, able to manage risk effectively, and positioned for innovation and growth.
  • Health and Well-Being: Advancing an integrated, holistic, prevention-first health model that responds to the social determinants of health and achieves improved outcomes, particularly for populations experiencing disparities.
  • Educational Success: Advancing a continuum of educational supports from cradle-to-career to prepare children and youth to succeed in the 21st century.
  • Economic Opportunity: Advancing policies, programs, models, and systems that advance living wages and pathways to financial well-being that support economic mobility and reduce poverty.
  • Safety and Resilience: Advancing systems work together to ensure that children, adults, and families thrive and are safe from abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation.

To learn more about the 2019 Alliance National Conference or to register for the Conference, go to the event website. If you are a member of the media who wishes to request a media pass to attend the conference, contact

About the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We aggregate the very best sector knowledge and serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems. We accelerate change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for all people in our nation to reach their fullest potential through improvements in health and well-being, educational success, economic opportunity, and safety and resilience. Go to for more information.

About the John Boner Neighborhood Centers
John Boner Neighborhood Center is a 501©3 not-for-profit agency founded to serve residents of the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Throughout the years, the Center’s philosophy led to the creation of numerous services and programs in response to changes within the neighborhood. Neighborhood-driven efforts are essential in developing a healthy, thriving and vibrant community. The Center provides an array of tools for change and growth for our residents and community partners. Through our work, the Center is inspiring hope and fostering change to improve the lives of neighborhood residents.