Flanner House enriches Indy's African-American community

INDIANAPOLIS - During Black History Month, RTV6 is recognizing organizations that have deep roots in the Indianapolis community.

Officials at Flanner House said one of their main goals is to help Hoosiers help themselves though empowering programs and by using economic and social resources to become self-sufficient.

For children, Flanner House is a place to learn and have fun. Director Marlo Allen said the pre-kindergarten class at the child development center is so popular, there's a waiting list for enrollment.

"Even while they're in dramatic play, they're still learning social emotion, getting along with others, dressing themselves and pretend play," Allen said.

During February, the children will learn about black history and important events that took place in Indiana. In fact, Flanner House dates back to 1898 when it was founded by Frank Flanner, a local philanthropist and mortician. It was used by African-American who migrated from the south to the north and was known as a settlement house.

Executive Director Wilbert Buckner said the center also benefits adults via job programs and care for seniors.

"We help adults reinvent themselves around a new job, new career and new focus in their lives," Buckner said.

Delbert Boyd was out of work and came to Flanner House for career advice.

"When I came to the Flanner House, they redirected me as far as resume writing and life skills," Boyd said.

The Flanner House has outgrown their building on Dr. Martin Luther King Street and officials said they're planning to expand.

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