Ada Jenkins Center

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

During their 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

The Ada Jenkins LEARN WORKS program has operated for more than 15 years. The primary goals of the program include academic development, personal growth and enrichment experiences. Students enrolled in the program are in grades one through eight, and attend Davidson, Cornelius and JV Washam Elementary Schools, and Bailey Middle School. Students are referred to the program by classroom teachers or school administrators because of a demonstrated need for additional academic support. Program fees are $50 per child, per year, however, no child is turned away for their inability to pay.

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