Making a Difference

Bates Community Development Corporation (BCDC) continues to be a major impetus in the community. Established by the Bates Memorial Baptist Church, BCDC provides an array of programs and services that address the needs of seniors, adults and children. Our offices are located at 1228 South Jackson Street. Every week, we offer food distribution, a clothes closet, a Saturday midday meal, aerobics classes and special workshops and events that address health and wellness as well as the promotion of healthy lifestyles for every member of the family. During the summer months, we offer an academic and cultural enrichment program for children ages 5-13. We also offer an after school enrichment program during the school year for elementary and middle school youth. Activities are held at various Bates Memorial Baptist Church facilities as well as other community sites in the Shelby Park and Smoketown neighborhoods.

Programs & Services

Healthy Hearts

The Healthy Hearts initiative provides information and services to Bates Memorial and the community at large concerning health issues. Blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screening are held quarterly and during special events and workshops. Materials regarding preventive health education and awareness are made available to event participants. In addition to weekly fitness classes, health wellness and healthy living sessions and workshops are offered to adults, seniors and children. First aid and CPR training is held annually along with an annual blood drive.

  • Aerobics classes: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00PM-7:00PM, 1228 South Jackson Street
  • Zumba classes: More information coming soon
  • Get Healthy Now!: More information coming soon
  • Health Screenings: Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th, 620 East Lampton Street, before and after each service
  • First Aid/CPR Training: Dates to be announced
  • Blood Drive: Dates to be announced
  • Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation Series: Tuesday, 5:00PM-6:00PM beginning October 9, 2012 for 13 weeks Classes held at 1228 South Jackson Street

Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation Flyer

Dare to Care

Dare to Care Food Distribution
Friday, 10:30AM-1:00PM

Fresh produce from Dare to Care is available for distribution every Friday at two locations. This program serves the residents of the Smoketown and Shelby Park neighborhoods. A picture ID is required. The addresses for the distribution sites are:

  • 619 East Lampton Street (Smoketown residents)
  • 1228 South Jackson Street (Shelby Park residents)

'A Pearl to Wear' Clothes Closet

"A Pearl to Wear" Clothes Closet
Wednesday, 1:30PM-3:00PM; 1st and 3rd Saturday, Noon-2:00PM

The clothes closet is located at 1228 South Jackson Street. Clothing and shoes are available for men, women and children in need of clothes for work, school or daily wear. Personal care items and household goods such as bedding and linen are also provided as needed and according to availability.

Grab-N-Go Saturday Midday Meal
Saturday, Noon-1:30PM

A nutritious meal is prepared and served to the community at 1228 South Jackson Street. Adults and seniors are welcomed to dine in or carry out their meal. Children under age 18 are served on site. A picture ID is required.

Dare to Care

Girl Scout Kentuckiana Troop 784
2nd & 4th Saturday, 2:30PM-5:00PM

"Building girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character, who will make the world a better place"
Girl Scouts allows girls to discover their own style of leadership by giving them access to life-changing experiences that inspire them to do something big. Girl Scouts is, as it always has been, the organization best positioned to offer girls the tools they need to be successful leaders now and throughout their lives. We develop leaders who value diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and are committed to improving neighborhoods, communities and the world.

Girl Scouts are...

  • Strong in their belief in their own self-worth
  • Strong in developing their talents, abilities, and creative spirit
  • Strong in mind and body
  • Strong in their problem-solving and decision-making skills

Our troop meets at the Bates Annex, 728 East Lampton Street. Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. Kentuckiana Troop 784 was started in 2007. For more information, email troop 784 at

Other Activities and Special Events

Bates Xtravaganza:
The community at large is invited to this fun-filled family event, sponsored by the Bates Memorial Baptist Church and held in Shelby Park on the last Saturday in July. Children enjoy rides and games throughout the afternoon. Information booths, exhibitors and vendors, physical food and a spirit filled festival and service is enjoyed by all.

Holiday Food Drive:
The Holiday Food Drive helps BCDC to provide food to families throughout the holiday season and not just on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Members of Bates Memorial Baptist Church support the drive by donating non-perishable food items such as canned goods and dry goods, including holiday food items and shelf stable entrées/meals. This year’s food drive begins October 6, 2012. Donations will be accepted during the months of October and November at 620 East Lampton Street or 1228 South Jackson Street.

BCDC Holiday Food Drive Flyer

Let's Give Thanks Thanksgiving Meal:
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 1:00PM-3:00PM
BCDC will serve Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Shelby Park and Smoketown neighborhoods at 1228 South Jackson Street. Residents are invited to join us for turkey and dressing with all the trimmings as we celebrate and give thanks for our many blessings.

Tree of Angels:
Bates' annual Tree of Angels program helps parents provide holiday gifts for their children who are 14 and younger. The annual event will be on Saturday, December 15, 2012. All participants must arrive no later than 5:30PM. Applicants are required to attend one of three workshops. Workshop dates and times are:

  • October 16th at 6:00PM;
  • October 23rd at 6:00PM; and
  • October 27th at 12 noon

The event and workshops will be held at 620 E. Lampton Street. Applications are available at 620 East Lampton Street. Completed applications with all required documentation must be turned in when applicants sign in for the workshop. For more information, please call 502-636-0573.

Tree of Angels Flyer
Tree of Angels Participant Application

VITA Tax Preparation:
BCDC serves as one of several VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites in the Louisville Metro area. BCDC provide free tax preparation services to low-income individuals during tax season. Please continue to check our website for information regarding tax preparation services offered by BCDC during the upcoming tax season.

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