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Neighborhood House
Last updated on January 13, 2015


Neighborhood House is a community-based organization that provides individuals with opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives. We are located in Portland, one of Louisville, Kentucky's most economically disadvantaged communities. Neighborhood House provides programs and services for all ages, focusing on educational enhancement, civic responsibilities, cultural enrichment health promotions, social skills development, employment opportunity and training. From our youngest six-week-old to our eldest senior citizen, we offer a variety of programs and services to accommodate the needs of a diverse group of people!

Neighborhood House is a community center concentrated on meeting the needs of the entire Portland community. The recipients of services at Neighborhood House range from infants in the Child Development Center to senior citizens in the Senior Nutrition Program. The expertise of Neighborhood House is recognizing and responding to the wide scope of needs of individuals and families in a low socioeconomic area, including needs specifically related to education, nutrition, social, and physical issues. As a community center, the services of Neighborhood House require us to constantly evolve to meet the changing needs of our neighborhood.

Child Development Center
Our Center provides children, ages six weeks through twelve years with a safe, nurturing learning environment. Our program, utilizing a research based curriculum, provides preschoolers with developmentally appropriate activities that prepare them to start kindergarten ready to succeed! Our Center is a part of the elite Stars for Kids Now program and the Gheens Bridges to Tomorrow Initiative.

Youth Development Program
Our program breaks the cycle of poverty through educational opportunities for school-aged children. We provide a safe place for children and teens to develop positive and meaningful relationships. Daily activities include Kids Cafe, academic programs, recreation and cultural experiences designed to broaden their vision for the future. Activities are also designed to address issues affecting their lives which include: conflict resolution/violence prevention, substance abuse prevention and pregnancy prevention.

Family Services
As the community center for the Portland neighborhood, our agency is the hub of activity for adults and families. Many services, such as workshops, trainings and support groups, are lead by experts from partner agencies. We host a variety of community activities each month, including the Portland Now Prevention Partnership. Our Emergency Food Bank provides assistance for more than 400 families each month as well as serving as a referral source for other services.

Four Seasons
Neighborhood House partners with a variety of groups to provide services which improve the quality of life for our senior adults. We become family to some of our city’s most vulnerable adults. Support is offered emotionally, physically and mentally through educational information, recreation, physical and intergenerational activities, and lunches each weekday.

The settlement house movement in the United States was still new in 1896, when two young theological students from Louisville, Archibald A. Hill and W.E. Wilkins, invited Professor Graham Taylor of Chicago Commons and the already-famous Jane Addams to come to Louisville and speak on the subject of social settlement. Lucy Belknap, a member of the Women’s Club of Louisville, attended the presentation and subsequently became an enthusiastic supporter of the concept. With her enthusiasm and significant financial support, Ms. Belknap helped Kentucky’s first settlement house – Neighborhood House – get started.

Neighborhood House opened its doors in 1896, and activities included sewing classes, debate clubs, singing and story telling for younger children. In 1902, Neighborhood House opened the first kindergarten in Louisville as well as the first outdoor playground. As the classes and recreational activities of Neighborhood House grew, it began to reach beyond its immediate neighborhood to speak on larger community issues.

In 1917, Neighborhood House became a charter member of the Community Chest (now Metro United Way), and by 1918, the organization began responding to an increasing immigrant population teaching English and citizenship classes, as well as supplemental school programs for children. Recreation facilities were expanded to keep young people “off the streets,” and a library was created to provide reading material to those who otherwise would have none.

In 1937, Neighborhood House found itself responding to the Ohio River flood disaster, and the World War II era saw the settlement house responding to the needs of children who quite often had one parent at war and the other working in support of the war effort.

As times changed, Neighborhood House continued to evolve its programs and services to best meet the needs of the Portland community. The erosion of the industrial and manufacturing base in Louisville since the early 1990s resulted in a population unprepared for other employment opportunities in Louisville. As a result, Neighborhood House focuses on Educational Enhancement, Social Skill Development, Cultural Enrichment and Health Promotion in its programmatic offerings today.

Contact person: Rachel Eichberger, Development Associate, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (502) 774-2324


 201 N. 25th Street
Louisville, KY 40212
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Web Site: http://www.nhky.org
Last updated on January 13, 2015

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