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Thursday, December 3, 2020

New drop-in childcare service to offer support for Christel House adult high school students

With a generous $150,000 grant from Glick Philanthropies, students enrolled at Christel House DORS South adult high school will be able to utilize a new onsite drop-in childcare service beginning in Fall 2021. “The path out of poverty begins with a high-quality education,” says David Barrett, vice chairperson, president and CEO of the Glick Family Foundation and president of the Glick Housing Foundation. “The Glick Play Garden will remove barriers adults pursuing their high school diploma face, such as access to childcare. We look forward to seeing the meaningful impact this initiative has on Southside residents.” The grant will renovate a 1,729 s/f space at Manual High School as part of the overall plan to create a community-serving campus focused on the needs of Southside Indianapolis residents.

The Glick Play Garden will be located at the Manual campus on the Southside of Indianapolis. The drop-in service will allow adults attending Christel House DORS South the opportunity to focus on their studies while providing a safe care option for their children. Christel House DORS graduates earn a CORE 40 high school diploma with 90% of DORS graduates also completing career certifications and/or dual college credits. The Glick Play Garden will help ease the burden of a critical shortage of quality, licensed childcare services available on the Southside.

“The Glick Play Garden at Manual will be a true game-changer for our DORS students,” says Dr. Sarah Weimer, Executive Director, Christel House Indianapolis. “Providing quality drop-in care for the children of our adult learners will mean that they can concentrate on their studies and achieve their academic goals with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child is safe and secure – we see this as a huge win/win for Christel House DORS families.”

As part of an Innovation partnership between Christel House and Indianapolis Public Schools, Christel House Indianapolis assumed operations of the Manual High School campus in July 2020. Christel House Academy South and Christel House DORS South will move all classes and operations to the Manual campus in Fall 2021.

About Christel House Indianapolis

An affiliate of Christel House International, Christel House Indianapolis (CHINDY) launched their first public charter school in 2002. CHINDY operates multiple charter schools in Indianapolis—Christel House Academy South, serving at-risk students in grades K-12; Christel House Academy West currently serving grades K-8, and an adult high school – Christel House DORS, with locations at South, West and at Ivy Tech. As part of an Innovation school partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools, Christel House assumed operations at Manual High School on the southside of Indianapolis in July 2020. With the 2021-22 school year, Christel House Academy South and Christel House DORS South will relocate all classes and operations to the historic Manual campus.

CHINDY provides a holistic human development approach that focuses on building strong character to complement each student’s rigorous academic foundation. Through its College & Careers program, CHINDY continues to support its graduates through post-secondary education and job placement so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Christel House Academy South was Indiana’s first charter school to receive the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform’s “School to Watch” designation. Additional recognition includes the Indiana Achievement and Breakthrough Schools Awards. It has also been named a 2018 National School of Character by For more information, please visit

About Glick Philanthropies

Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, the Glick Housing Foundation, the Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the Far Eastside Success Initiative and TeenWorks. Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $220 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. For more information, visit