Human Services

Brookside Community Development Corporation

Working towards renewal in our community one life at a time.

aka Brookside CDC



Brookside Community Development Corporation exists to create opportunities of renewal and transformation in the lives of people residing in the Brookside neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.

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President of Brookside CDC Board

Mr. David Cederquist

Director of Development

Mr. Andrew Neal

Main Address

1035 N. OLNEY ST



reentry, education, housing, transformation, empowerment, resources, religious, charitable giving, nonprofits, nonprofit sector





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs + Results

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Brookside Community Development Corporation was created to bring light into the dark areas of the Brookside neighborhood. From intentional partnerships and a faithful volunteer network, BCDC works to leverage their assets to combat the effects of poverty that plagues the residents of the Brookside community. Brookside Community Development Corporation operates under the mission of “existing to create opportunities of renewal and transformation in the lives of people residing in the Brookside neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.” BCDC engages the Brookside Neighborhood community with intentional relationships with broken people. By placing a value on personhood over production, we are creating a footprint in the areas of reentry, youth development and housing.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Brookside Community Reentry

Brookside Community Play

Brookside Community Housing

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Since Brookside Community Development Corporation resides in the heart of the Brookside neighborhood, the residents have begun seeking refuge at their doors since their inception in 2016. Several of the individuals/families residing in the historic Brookside Neighborhood have been experiencing hardships and continued to exist in this vicious cycle of generational poverty since the end of World War II. As a result, the neighborhood has seen a dramatic increase in crime, housing deterioration and underperforming schools. Therefore, as BCDC works to build trust in their community, their three initiatives (reentry, play and housing) have begun reducing the vicious cycle of generational poverty that has paralyzed the residents over the years.

Each initiative of Brookside Community Development Corporation was created to meet the unique needs of their neighbors. Additionally, a guiding principle for BCDC is to not duplicate services, but partner with organizations and faith communities on the Eastside of Indianapolis to share resources and referrals that are already doing good work for the betterment of the neighborhood. Brookside Community Reentry (BCR) serves over 100 men and women in their reentry goals to never return to prison by assisting in overcoming barriers to successful reentry. Brookside Community Play (BCP) serves low-income children and youth through play-based afterschool and summer programming. Brookside Community Housing (BCH) serves generationally poor families and individuals who show a desire for stabilization in housing and high accountability in development.

Brookside Community Development Corporation has eight full-time employees, with four AmeriCorps VISTA members that joined this fall working at full-time capacity for a year. Additionally, BCDC has nine part-time employees. Brookside Community Development Corporation exists because of an amazing network of volunteers that have continually dedicated their time and energy in pouring into the individuals participating in programming through BCDC. Additionally, Brookside CDC has cultivated generous partnerships with organizations throughout Indianapolis that lend their expertise and resources to aiding in rehabilitation and renewal of program participants.

Progress at BCDC is seen through dedication and follow-through in relation to programs set up in each initiative (reentry, play and housing). Brookside CDC is unique in that they first focus on building relationships with program participants to develop trust and create accountability. In doing so, BCR provides ex-offenders relational opportunities and resources that require a long-term commitment. From mentoring, accountability and engagement with the faith community, each individual has the capability to confront the brokenness of their past and succeed in moving forward with their lives. Through pre and post surveys through programming, BCDC created an Impact Report for 2017. The report reflects an astounding impact in programming, not just seen in participants, but in volunteer testimonies as well.

From the 2017 BCDC Impact Report, 143 people are utilizing the reentry services, 250+ are coming and participating in afterschool and summer play and 11 individuals are residing in housing properties owned and operated by BCDC. In order to continue to serve individuals and grow the program, it will require more volunteers. BCDC plans to sustain and expand partnerships, volunteers, donors, etc. in the community. Additionally, Brookside plans to continue pursuing funds and cultivating relationships in the community as the program expands to meet the high needs of individuals participating in programming.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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