Dr. Joshua Stansfield
Stansfield Circle is a non-profit, volunteer social service
organization working to provide funding, volunteers and
board assistance to Fletcher Place Community Center.
Our membership regularly serves nutritious meals to seniors and
performs eye screening at the Center. Our members also provide
shoes, holiday themed parties and Christmas with Santa and
his reindeer for star struck preschoolers. Additionally, we support
the food pantry, thrift store, and serve on the Board of Directors.
We are hands up and hands on in philosophy.
Fletcher Place has served our Indianapolis east-side neighbors since 1872. http://www.fletcherplacecc.org
Stansfield Circle has also been in existence for over 100 years!
In 1912, Dr. Joshua Stansfield, minister of Meridian Street Methodist Church, formed a committee to be a link between the church and social service work in the city. It was called the Social Service Circle. Aid was given in various ways – support to French war orphans, milk money to School #12, college money loans to deserving, but needy students, and the purchase of everything from false teeth to sewing machines and steel chairs.
In 1934, Stansfield Circle created and sponsored Meridian Club, a community center that was soon hailed for significantly reducing juvenile delinquency in that area. World War II curtailed much activity at the Meridian Club and after no great need was felt there, Fletcher Place Community Center became the main project of Stansfield. Over the years, as our organization and fundraising efforts have grown, we have also supported a number of local and national charities.
In recent years, our group made the decision to focus all of our efforts and fundraise exclusively for Fletcher Place. Each month we are at the Center, having fun with the preschoolers and providing food and fellowship for the Golden Age participants. Our sole fundraiser, Strikes for Stansfield, helps provide funding for those efforts and enables us to make a substantial financial contribution to the Center each year. Our efforts remain steadfast in providing support and education for those in need in Indianapolis.