Our History

According to an old issue of Episcopal Christ Cathedral Notes, one May night in 1964, 150 African-American boys broke into the long-closed gymnasium at St. George’s parish house to play ball. The Urban Mission council of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky took that as a sign from the Holy Spirit that there was a need for the Episcopal Church to address particular challenges faced by this community. They began holding Friday night events, and by the time school began in September, up to 600 teenagers were attending and St. George’s was born.

The community center was established in 1965 in conjunction with the reopening of St. George’s Episcopal Church at the corner of 26th and Oak Streets in Louisville. This is a residential area of modest homes, predominantly African-American, with many concerns common to the inner-city neighborhoods. The needs of the surrounding community gave the Center a natural ministry in the areas of recreation, education, family and emergency services. The Center was directed by the clergy assigned to the church until August 1991, when a social worker was hired to manage the Center.

Who We Serve

  • 29% of the families within the 40210 zip codes live below poverty (national average is 9.2%)
  • 56% of residents have no high school diploma
  • 0.6% possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • St. George’s Community Center serves students from ten JCPS schools during the academic and summer months.
  • Over 80% of the partner schools are Title I.
  • Most students attending the programs are receiving free or reduced lunch.
  • St. George’s after school program is the only one in the city to provide students with access to Study Island and Success Maker- in adherence w/ JCPS core standards.


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