Monthly Archives: October 2015

Oct 29th Is World Stroke Day…..

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wsd  page stand for stroke icon TAKE A STAND AGAINST STROKE by learning the stroke warning signs and sharing our F.A.S.T. Song to help your love ones remember the stroke warning signs through song.
wsd page-latin america infog icon DOWNLOAD AND SHARE THE LATIN AMERICA INFOGRAPHIC (available in Spanish | Portuguese | English) in your social media channels on World Stroke Day to help your friends, family and colleagues learn the stroke warning signs.
wsd page-download icon HELP YOUR LOVED ONES AND COLLEAGUES learn more about stroke and the most common warning signs by downloading our Spot A Stroke F.A.S.T. mobile app.
wsd page-take a stand icon TAKE A STAND FOR STROKE along with our Together to End Stroke community, by taking our World Stroke Day Pledge. Become a stroke advocate by issuing our WSD proclamation (available Oct. 29th) and support stroke by ordering and wearing your stroke solidarity string and be
wsd page-share icon SHARE our WORLD STROKE DAY SOCIAL MESSAGES on your Facebook and Twitter accounts and join our Twitter Chat (#StrokeChat) at 12PM Central Time on Thursday, October 29th, 2015.
wsd page-if you are a HCP provider IF YOU’RE A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OR PROVIDER, you can also use our resources available on the Stroke Resource Center to help educate your staff, patients and community about stroke.
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Community News….Veterans Looking For A New Career

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Community News….Indy Black Chamber of Commerce Kick-Off Event

Katrina Stovall, MBA

Keeping It Simple Solutions, LLC



Indy Black Chamber of Commerce Kick-Off Event


, October 29, 2015 from 6:30pm until 8pm

Indianapolis, In (October 6, 2015) – The Indy Black Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) is a newly formed non-profit organization. The kick-off event is scheduled for

Thursday October 29th from 6:30PM-8:00PM at The Fringe on Mass Ave 719 E. St Clair Street Indianapolis 46224.

This FREE event will showcase their committees and ideas for the Indianapolis area. Food and refreshments will be available at the event. There will also be great networking opportunities including registration to become a member of the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce!

The IBCC purpose is to advocate and produce Black entrepreneurs for economical empowerment and to assist those willing to embrace the concept of lifelong learning about financial security.

“The Indy Black Chamber of Commerce is working to bridge the gap of economic disparity within our community”

For event or press release information contact Larry Williams at 317.384.7356 or email For more information about the organization or membership visit the website at


About Indy Black Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce is to serve as an information resource with developing Black owned businesses; to educate and enhance the economic status of the Black Community; and to create a positive community climate of intellectual exchange of goods and services with all businesses.

Halloween Alternatives For Christians


As a child, I enjoyed Halloween. Trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkins, bobbing for apples (of course totally disgusting now) were the traditions I use to look forward to. I even won a costume contest or two back in the day.

I grew up celebrating Halloween like most people. My parents encouraged the costumes and the scary decorations and the trick or treating. Halloween became the time of year to go see the bloodiest horror movies at the theater. It was all ‘just fun’ and it didn’t ‘hurt anybody’. 

Now I’m a Christian parent, and Halloween remains controversial in my world. So I’m faced with the decision — should I trick-or-treat with my kids? I’ve decided it’s okay. 

But, the older I got, the more confused I became about the traditions, and whether or not, as a Christian, I should celebrate or allow my children to participate.

For my Christian children, who know God and the things of God, we do allow some enjoyment during this time of year. However, there are some restrictions. In no way is there ever any worshiping or idolizing of any, other than our one true God, our Lord and Savior. WCS Hayride

This is understood. We do, however, allow for some fun. October 31st is one day of wearing a silly costume to school and collecting candy. There is no decorating our home with ghosts and goblins, no haunted houses, and never a costume or pretend play celebrating death or darkness.

As parents, we hate to disappoint our children, but we are also responsible for guiding them spiritually and leading them to Christ. If your struggle is balancing the two, here are a few ideas for how Christians can “celebrate” Halloween:

Hosting a fall harvest party

This is a great way to celebrate the change of the season with games, pumpkin carving contests, caramel apple and cooking decorating, and food. Your children will love having friends over and appreciate still having those tasty sweet goodies.

Having a family movie night

Here is another great way to spend the evening. Turning the lights off and snuggling up for a movie, like the Prince of Egypt, is fun, but could also minimize the number of trick or treaters you get who think you’re not home. This makes it easier for a child who isn’t able to trick or treat.

Bonfire/Hayride or Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

I love food, music and bonfire during this time of the year. I can teach my kids about nature, harvesting and enjoy the presence of the Fall season. We love to roast marshmallows, roast nuts and tell our favorite stories, of why we enjoy the Fall crisp newness of the season (it’s my daughter’s favorite time of the year; cause it’s her birthday season).

As Christians’ what are some of your alternatives to celebrate?

Single Mom’s Event 2015

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Hello Everyone,

I know this is a little late, but I wanted to thank committee leaders and members who stepped up and supported events in their local communities last month for The Single Mother’s Event In Indianapolis. Originally hosted Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc. (PSM) is a volunteer-led national advocacy & empowerment movement designed to empower, educate, engage, energize, equip and enhance the quality of life for single moms and their children.

The movement strives to organize and create a unified voice for single moms as well as to dispel negative myths and stereotypes by redefining the face and character of single moms in America. Members have access to a special fund for single moms called “A Hand Up™” Fund which offers temporary financial assistance to single moms for emergency and empowerment purposes without obligation to repay. Membership is free and open to single moms from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

The event was filled with fun activities for mom’s and their little one’s…I especially loved the Kid Zone, where I could leave my little man across the way and get pampered with a message, sweet treats, with a soulful lounge to relax, enjoy comedy or poetry and an open platform to discuss our struggles as well as our victory . Even in the lounge we were inspired from watching Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club….I walked away with something different in my soul, to top it off I didn’t even know they had a program like this right here in Indianapolis and probably in your city too. So if you are looking for a year round platform to help you out in your singleness reach out to Project single Moms in your area…single1single3


single4Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc. (PSM) NATIONAL PROGRAMS: – Unity Night & Membership Drive Ø Advocacy & Legislative Week Ø Project Single Teen Moms Mentorship Program Ø Small Business Academy for Single Mothers Ø My Hero Mom: A Celebration of Single Moms Ø National Conference for Single Mothers (2012)

For You Single Mom’s here is a flick your your next  Single Mom’s Night In…Enjoy! 🙂

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The Single Mom’s Club: When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.


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Tyler Perry


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Community News….Indianapolis About Education, Inc.


 F.Y.I. Everyone!  Please click on the following link for more details and to invite others on Facebook!



A Documentary and Discussion on Public Education…

Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm in EDT 37th Place 2605 E. 35th  Street, Indianapolis About Education, Inc. American public education is in controversy. As public schools across the country struggle for funding, complicated by the impact of poverty and politics, some question the future and effectiveness of public schools in the U.S.For free-market reformers, private investors and large education corporations, this controversy spells opportunity in turning public schools over to private interests.

Education, Inc. examines the free-market and for-profit interests that have been quietly and systematically privatizing America’s public education system under the banner of “school choice.”Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids.

With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses Click on the following link to view the trailer:

Community News…Why Should We Vote A Community Conversation

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Community News….”I Rise” Educational Service Fall Fundraiser

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Fundraiser for Fall/Winter Programs at

“I Rise” Educational Services, Inc.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Julia’s Home-Style American & Caribbean



$5 Cash Donation


Enjoy: Comedy, Poetry, Dancing, Great Food*, and Socializing

Dance Contest = Students vs. Adults

DJ Music with Mr. Page (R&B, Caribbean, Afrikan)

Door Prizes – Student Presentations – Family Fun


* $6.99 Specialty Entrée (with sides) Menu

(Gumbo, Whiting/Tilapia Fish, or Chicken Wings)

$2.00 Delicious Cakes and Pies – $3.00 Children Menu


Community News…..Indy10

Thanks to Indy 10 for sharing this info with us!  Hope to see you there!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! – MT
Indy10 will be hosting a community meeting where we invite anyone in the community and city who is concerned about black lives and wants to voice their concern and suggestions for approaching the problems today of police brutality, accountability, and transparency within the criminal justice system.

We are interesed in talking or meeting with anyone or any other organization interested in building the Black community.

Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00pm in EDT
Kheprw Institute
3549 Boulevard Pl, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Please click on the link below for more details, to sign up and invite others, etc! 

Community News….Helping Offenders Make Changes Service Forum

From: Franklin, Sherron
Subject: FW: Helping Offenders Make Changes Service Forum

Hello Everyone,

IMPD will be conducting a  session location to be determined were they will call in some offenders, mostly parolees and talk to them about making changes in their lives.  Agencies such as Job Corp, the Excel School, addiction treatment programs, mentoring, and others would be useful to these guys.  We are looking for agencies who would be interested in setting up informational table to offer services to those who are called in.  The date has been set for this is October 22nd, 2015 2pm to 4pm at Fervent Prayer Church 10512 E. 38th St.   Also any agency you believe will provide a positive direction for the offenders are welcome to participate.


 Officer Sherron Franklin

East District

Community Relations/NRU

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Department of Public Safety

201 N. Shadeland Ave

Indianapolis, IN  46219

317-327-6229 (desk)

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