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Aspire House to Offer Community Gathering Space, Tasty New Programs at Restored Firehouse Home

New community gathering space, commercial-grade kitchen, and future apartments for educators will empower Indy’s Near Northwest-side residents

INDIANAPOLIS—Aspire House celebrates its new home in a renovated,127-year-old firehouse today and can now host its educational, nutrition, and sports programs for the Near Northwest-side community onsite. 

The Public Grand Opening will offer tours of the new Aspire House community center, kitchen, and future upper-floor apartments for educators from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on February 15 at 1002 Udell St. in Indianapolis.

“Today is a great day!” says Sharon Clark, co-founder and executive director, Aspire Higher Foundation. “This historic firehouse has been transformed into a beautiful new place for our community to gather, learn, and grow together.”

Funded by many community partners, the $1.2 million, three-floor total renovation began in 2020. Aspire House can now host its free community programs and events, like healthy eating classes, Sunday Suppers, sports clinics, and community gardens in a central, walkable location.

Kitchen to serve up healthy meals, nutrition education in designated food desert
A signature Aspire House amenity, The RyZe Culinary Labe and Kitchen will spotlight diabetes prevention and management and champion the health and wellness of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are a disproportionately affected population living with diabetes. 

Grants help get it done

With grants from the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee, Efroymson Family Fund, and Old National Bank, The RyZe Kitchen will expose neighbors to new foods, offer healthy food experiences, and combat food insecurity for those experiencing home instability. 

The $50,000 grant from the NBA All-Star 2024 Host Committee is one of 24 and a total of $1.2 million awarded to youth-serving organizations for brick-and-mortar projects, ultimately aimed at improving the health and wellness of over 100,000 Hoosier youths. 

Join us in celebrating Autumn Joshua, a Believe Circle City High School student, for being awarded a scholarship as part of the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Class of 2024. As our nominee this year, Autumn embodies the true spirit of leadership in her school and community. We are proud of her academic achievements as she earned her associate degree at Ivy Tech in May 2023 and her pharmacy technician certification in December 2023. Autumn plans to attend Purdue University and earn her doctorate in pharmacy. 

Congratulations Autumn!

Thanks to matching grants from the NBA All-Star Legacy Fund and the Efroymson Family Fund, we will dedicate the opening of the Aspire House RyZe Culinary Lab and Kitchen. The grand opening of the kitchen will spotlight diabetes prevention and management. We will champion the health and wellness of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are a disproportionately affected population living with diabetes. 

We are honored to be a recipient of the NBA All-Star 2024 Legacy Grant. These funds will help us develop a fully functioning community kitchen on the first floor of the Aspire House. The RyZe Kitchen will allow us to expose our neighbors to new foods, offer healthy food experiences, and combat food insecurity for those experiencing home instability. Click here for more information on the NBA All-Star Legacy Grants.