When not raising money for Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, Allison Luthe is helping he husband, Daniel Carter, at his restaurant, Chef Dan's Southern Comfort in Historic Irvington. Before opening the restaurant in February 2015 we traveled the streets of central Indiana with our food truck serving up Flavors from the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana Bayou. We also offer traditional catering services for weddings, family reunions, corporate events and parties!
Prior to building their food truck, Allison was the Community Organizer at Central Indiana Jobs with Justice. Allison is a community activist at heart with a wide range of experience in the non-profit and community based arenas. Her career began as an intern, serving as a voice for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. After obtaining her Master's Degree in Social Work, Allison has worked on a variety of projects assisting low-income working families, including financial asset building, budgeting, homeownership, emergency assistance, and employment for ex-offenders.
Jobs with Justice
Health Care for America Now (HCan)
Sunday, May 2, 2010, from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. Socialists from Indianapolis and beyond will again celebrate May Day, the International Day of Labor. Allison Luthe, Community Organizer for Jobs with Justice (JwJ), will be keynote speaker.
The JwJ connection with DSA goes back to 2004 when DSA joined JwJ as an organizational member. A representative from DSA is on JwJ’s Steering Committee. DSA’s local treasurer, Pete Behrendt was honored last year as first recipient of JwJ‘s “I’ll Be There” award for his loyal participation at JwJ demonstrations.
Central Indiana Jobs with Justice is an organization of labor, faith-based, community, and student organizations and individuals building a broad and long-term coalition to support worker rights and social justice. Workers’ rights, economic justice, and a sustainable global economy are JwJ goals.
Defending the 21st Century Community Learning Centers
After-school programs in Central Indiana are bracing for federal budget cuts following President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.
Trump’s plan calls for the elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which serves more than 20,107 children in Indiana.
Proposed cuts would impact before and after-school programs for low-income students such as the Boys & Girls Club and community centers, such as the Martin Luther King Community Center on West 40th Street.
The center provides students a safe place to go after school, as well as during spring, summer, fall, and winter breaks while their parents go to work.
Students can read, play games, exercise, and do some educational activities while participating in the program.
“These programs are important because they help kids achieve in school, they keep kids out of trouble, they provide supervision while they’re parents are at work and provide positive youth development activities,” said MLK Community Center Director Allison Luthe.
The MLK Community Center recently received a four-year grant worth more than $180,000 per year, Luthe said.
“If we lose our federal funding, it will cut the program in half from 60 kids to less than 30 kids if that money is not renewed,” said Luthe.
Nonprofits and program participants are urging people to contact Congress about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program.
“It’s now up to Congress to counter the cut—or execute it and eliminate programs relied on by families across the nation to keep kids safe and engaged,” according to the Afterschool Alliance. “Nearly two million children and families would be left without reliable afterschool choices.”
Congressman Andre Carson told Call 6 Investigates the proposal will hurt Hoosiers.
“As a former law enforcement officer, I know how important it is for young people to have a safe place to go before and after school,” said Congressman André Carson (D-Indiana). “Too many children in Marion County encounter guns, drugs and gang activity every day. By preserving the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, thousands of students and families across Indiana will continue to benefit from quality after-school and summer learning programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.”