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The Accomplishments of St. Stephen Church Made Through God’s Power

St. Stephen Church Accomplishments

• St. Stephen is the largest private black employer in Kentucky
• St. Stephen is the largest private employer of blacks in Kentucky
• Over 98% of St. Stephen employees are from the black community
• St. Stephen has made ongoing economic investment in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the nation
• St. Stephen sponsored the Jubilee Festival, which brought arts, culture and music to West Louisville
• St. Stephen has the only black orchestra in West Louisville
• St. Stephen has the largest black music program in Kentucky
• St. Stephen makes housing available to the homeless via the Family Life Center
• St. Stephen is the first black church in Kentucky to build a Family Center
• St. Stephen houses the only upscale women’s clothing boutique in West Louisville
• St. Stephen has an indoor fitness center, racquet ball court, basketball court and an indoor walking track
• St. Stephen renovated the California Community Center a public building, at no expense to the city
• St. Stephen finances the largest black senior citizen’s support services entity in West Louisville, and utilize St. Stephen transportation
• St. Stephen brings blacks and whites together by channeling social and economic capital into a poor neighborhood on a daily basis
• St. Stephen owns more contiguous property than any other black or private institution in West Louisville
• St. Stephen is a debt-free institution
• St. Stephen’s $13 million in assets are controlled by blacks
• St. Stephen is the first church in West Louisville to ordain women into the ministry
• St. Stephen advocates publically for justice for all citizens, regardless of race, age, or sexual orientation
• St. Stephen operates the largest black Christian Education program in Kentucky
• St. Stephen has raised millions of dollars to support black higher education through Simmons College of Kentucky
• St. Stephen’s pastor refused over $700,000 salary from Simmons College of Kentucky to strengthen the college’s economic stability
• St. Stephen empowers black parents and their children through SOAR, an after/summer school enrichment program
• St. Stephen awards $50,000 annually in college scholarship funds
• St. Stephen operates the West End’s only sit down family restaurant
• St. Stephen conducts the city’s largest voter registration campaign, including record expungement
• St. Stephen sponsors a drug recovery program in West Louisville in partnership with the Healing Place
• St. Stephen’s buildings were all constructed by black contractors
• St. Stephen provides African-American vendors and entrepreneurs with space to showcase their products and services
• St. Stephen creates networks for black businesses and entrepreneurs through awarding contracts (vendors, electricians, landscapers, caterers, IT support)
• St. Stephen recaptured the Simmons College building and grounds lost by blacks during the Great Depression
• St. Stephen invested heavily in restoration of Simmons’ campus on Dumesnil Street, as well as the original campus
• St. Stephen was the catalyst in Simmons College establishing accreditation, HBCU status, and becoming the fastest growing college (via percentage) in Kentucky

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