Reverend Jay Height was named director of the Shepherd Community Center in 1998 and continues to serve today. Shepherd Community is an inner-city ministry that has operated in the Near-Eastside of Indianapolis since 1984. Today, Shepherd Community has become a vital part of the neighborhood, reaching out to the community through Christian compassion. Striving to meet physical, social, educational and spiritual needs, Shepherd continues to expand and add to its programs and services. Shepherd Community’s mission is to “cultivate healthier children, stronger families and a safer neighborhood through supportive relationships that meet the physical, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of area residents.”