Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ada in Action: Charlyn’s Story

We firmly believe that education is the key to ending poverty, and we love working with client-partners like Charlyn to further their education!

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As a single mother, Charlyn came to the Ada Jenkins Center seeking employment, education and housing. She worked closely with one of our case managers to develop a plan to meet these goals. Charlyn has interests in hospitality, tourism and project management; after encouragement from her case manager, Charlyn applied and received the ANSWER scholarship to pursue her dreams. She currently attends Johnson C. Smith University and is working towards a Bachelor’s degree with a focus in in Business Administration.

Despite her challenges as a single mother in school, Charlyn’s grades are excellent. She has been recognized multiple times for her outstanding GPA and excellence in education. Recently, Charlyn was chosen for the Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth through Scholarships (WINGS) program.

Charlyn continues to stay in touch with her case manager and the Ada staff, who she has nicknamed “Ada’s Angels”. We are overjoyed to hear of her continued accomplishments and can’t wait to see where her education takes her!

Trips for Kids Bike Safety Clinic

Biking and cycling are very popular in the Charlotte area, and it’s no different here in Davidson! We live in a very bike and pedestrian friendly town with access to the greenway, Fisher Farms Park trails, and trails surrounding Davidson College. To promote bicycle safety, Trips for Kids Charlotte teamed up with local officials, bike path designers and volunteers to put on the Davidson Bike Safety Clinic at the Ada Jenkins Center. We’d like to thank all who came out to volunteer their time to put this on. Special thanks to John Finney of Spirited Cyclist who fixed and adjusted bikes and even donated one for a giveaway! This was a hugely successful event and we hope to host another clinic in the future.

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Ada in Action: Ada Cooks

In this video we feature the “Ada Cooks” program. The Ada Jenkins Center teams up with Davidson College to teach and promote healthy life choices. The program includes cooking classes for children and adults, with a focus on healthy eating. In addition, we have doctors, researchers and nutritionists from Davidson and around the community get involved to help showcase how healthy eating can have a positive impact on your life.


Thank You Janet!

Janet McFadden was many things to many people, but mostly she was loved. For us at Ada Jenkins, she took care of many of our pets, but she also gave back to our community through Ada. In recent years for Christmas in Davidson, she sponsored our Christmas tree. She had even reached out a couple of weeks ago about this year. She was already planning. Now her children are bringing things to the Center. I think it is a way that they are honoring her.
We miss you Janet, personally and professionally. Thank you for all that you’ve done for so many of us.