The ROCK Initiative
Eastern Star Church
Eastern Star Church is compelled by the church’s mission and faith to reach out and work to improve the quality of life in the 46218 community.
5750 E. 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218
Eastern Star Church Community Investment
Read the latest article from the IBJ here: Eastern Star Church rolls out massive effort to transform battered section of city
Eastern Star Church launched the ROCK initiative as an economic development initiative to transform the 46218 zip code that houses their original campus. They are addressing one of our city’s highest poverty challenges.
The Indianapolis Business Journal ran a cover story on May 11, 2018 depicting the desperate condition of 46218. More than 40% of its residents live in poverty, the highest rate of all Marion County’s 36 zip codes. Median household incomes have dropped 13% since 2000, to $23,203. Meanwhile, a few neighborhoods to the north, Meridian Kessler (46220) has grown its median household income 7%, to $66,279. The difference in property values is equally startling: 46218 dropped 14.4%, to $34,000 and 46220 increased 11.3%, ot $180,300. Even more dire, there is a 9.4% difference in life expectancy between 46218 (70.6 years) and 46220 (80 years).
Consider the following IBJ chart to understand more disparity between the neighborhoods:
46218 residents living at/below the poverty line
(vs 21% of Marion Co.)
Household income for residents
(vs. $42,378 for Marion Co.)
(vs. 4% for Marion Co. residents.)
Eastern Star Church’s Main Campus (East 30th Street) neighborhood is blessed with strong assets such as schools, public safety facilities, a library, parks, and available public transportation, but it also has many significant challenges. Data about the area within a one-mile radius of the church paints a bleak picture of the long-term effects of poverty and broken families. High poverty rates and unemployment, low household income, and home values, and virtually no access to financial services and healthy food options are all disturbing indicators of a neighborhood in economic decline.
Take a look at the great success so far.