The Kendrick Foundation exists to support initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents. We seek to partner with strong community organizations addressing three primary focus areas:

Mental Health
Prevention and Management of Obesity
Substance Use
Substance Use

Consistent with our vision of serving as the premier catalyst for identifying and promoting the healthcare needs of Morgan County, the Kendrick Foundation eliminated its competitive grant cycle for 2020 and committed over $700,000 to the following grantee organizations to help address the health needs of Morgan County residents through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond:

“Our grantees have really stepped up to meet the needs of our community. Their efforts are inspiring, and we want to continue to support their work to improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents, especially during this unprecedented public health crisis.” – Keylee Wright, Executive Director of the Kendrick Foundation

Youth First, Inc. (YF) strengthens youth and families by providing evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. YF social workers serve as mentors for young people and prevention coaches for parents and teachers at Bell Intermediate Academy and Paul Hadley Middle School. With school building closures, YF social workers are staying connected by phone, video conferencing, and safely coordinated home visits, and are connecting overwhelmed families to critical community resources. Go to for COVID-19 family support activities and helpful tips. 

Adult & Child Health (ACH) provides mental health, addictions, and primary care services to under-resourced residents of central Indiana. Since the onset of COVID-19, ACH transitioned from a 100 percent face-to-face model of care to a model in which 95 percent of services are provided via telephone or telehealth. Since March 13, when most Indiana schools transitioned to e-Learning, the ACH school-based team has provided over 2,000 hours of direct or indirect care to Morgan County students and their families. Morgan County residents can access ACH services by calling 877-822-5122 to make an appointment. 

Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc. (CCI), in collaboration with Indiana University (IU) Health Morgan, continues to provide accessible and affordable mental health counseling services for both adults and children who are patients of IU Riley and Southern Indiana Physicians. CCI is taking mental health referrals from any Morgan County family to address physical, psychological, and emotional needs regardless of ability to pay using services such as telehealth and telephonic counseling. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 317-236-1500 and select option #2 to leave a message. An intake specialist will return your call. 

Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County (BGC) is increasing access to food with its free healthy snack program and is distributing activity and educational materials at no charge. The BGC is also providing its programs and activities virtually via Facebook. Staff are reaching out to BGC youth and families every week to check in and offer support. The BGC is launching a weekly video conference lunch to help youth connect. The BGC is actively preparing new safety protocols to provide in-person programming beginning on June 1. 

Barbara B. Jordan YMCA (YMCA) is providing health and fitness programming online, including daily fitness programming from YMCA360 and MOSSA Moves and tips on activity, diet and rest, and budgeting and employment. The YMCA, in collaboration with Second Helpings and the MSD of Martinsville, serves over 1,800 meals a week through a grab-and-go dinner service in Martinsville and Eminence. YMCA staff call over 130 preschool and afterschool students weekly and provide literacy and STEM programming online. Staff also reach out to seniors to provide outside caring contact, maintain friendships, and provide help as needed. 

Desert Rose Foundation, Inc. (DR) is open and fully operational and continues to maintain staffing at the facility 24 hours per day while following recommended safety precautions in line with state guidance. DR maintains at least one empty room in case any residential clients require quarantine or isolation. DR continues to partner with CCI to provide counseling services via telehealth. Shelter capacity is limited, and priority is given to Morgan County residents. Clients must reach out to DR via its 24-hour crisis hotline at 765-342-ROSE to determine eligibility for shelter services. 

Centerstone Indiana is the local, accredited, state-designated provider of behavioral health and addiction services for approximately 2,000 Morgan County residents. On March 13, Centerstone rapidly moved most of its workforce home and trained all clinical staff to deliver services by telehealth in the following week. Centerstone continues to provide services such as life skill development, substance abuse treatment, therapy, and psychiatric care and, due to COVID-19, is also helping clients navigate unemployment and connect to resources in the community, such as food banks, free internet, and bill forgiveness. Using telehealth, Centerstone has broadened access to specialized programs not previously available in Morgan County. Morgan County residents who are not current Centerstone clients but have a substance use or mental health concern can contact 877-HOP-E123 to receive assistance. 

Martinsville Youth Development Center (MYDC) serves at-risk youth in grades 5-8 with after-school drug prevention, self-worth, nutrition, life-skills, communication, ARTS, STEM, and fitness programming. MYDC is delivering Be a Better You program materials and snack bags to its member families and working to provide needed resources. MYDC is currently taking applications for its 2020-2021 after-school program. For more information, go to or call 317-446-5044. 

“We are truly grateful for our partnership with our grantees. They are going above and beyond to serve Morgan County residents. We are working together to support our community.” – Greg McKelfresh, past President of the Kendrick Foundation

Additional  information about each Kendrick Foundation grantee can be found on their respective websites.
Be on the lookout for information regarding the next competitive grant cycle in March 2021.