Mayor and other city leaders dedicate newly reopened Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place in new space
Neighborhood Place founding member Jane Charmoli honored
Mayor Greg Fischer, Neighborhood Place representatives, community members, Louisville Metro Council members, and friends and family of Jane Charmoli today officially dedicated the reopened Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place at a new site in eastern Jefferson County.
“Compassion is one of our core city values, and we define compassion as an action word – removing barriers and creating opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential. Neighborhood Place is a place where that value comes to life,” the Mayor said.
Joining in today’s celebration were representatives of Neighborhood Place partners, including Dr. Alicia Averette, Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, and Lesa Dennis, Deputy Commissioner for the Department for Community Based Services within Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
The Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place was originally located on Juneau Drive in Middletown but closed in 2019 as a result of a tight city budget. Today, thanks to a healthier budget and the support of Mayor Fischer and Louisville Metro Council, the site is reopening at a new location, 9100 Marksfield Road.
The Center houses staff from multiple agencies — Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, JCPS, Kentucky's DCBS, and Seven Counties Services, Inc. — in one accessible location. Core services provided include:
• Emergency financial assistance
• Juvenile and school-related services
• Child welfare intervention
• Financial empowerment
• LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
• Job training scholarships
• Self-sufficiency programs
The Charmoli Center is named for Jane Charmoli, one of Neighborhood Place’s founding champions, who died in 2015. Charmoli spent her life as a public servant, working for JCPS for 20 years as a teacher and serving as president for the teacher association board for two years. She also once served as a liaison for JCPS and the city.
Mayor Fischer noted that helping families “was truly Jane’s passion.” She believed that there could be no cookie-cutter service delivery, he said, that each family’s unique situation requires a solution that should be customized for them – which is the model on which Neighborhood Place is based.
For thousands of Louisvillians each month, Neighborhood Place is a one-stop center where individuals and families can connect with a caring and dedicated staff and easy access to critical services. This fact was never more evident than during the height of the COVID pandemic, the Mayor said, when the Neighborhood Place team quickly ramped up efforts to help keep residents safe and healthy at home. For example, through an innovative collaboration including Neighborhood Place, the city's Office of Housing and other partners, nearly $119 million in local, state and federal eviction prevention assistance was distributed, helping over 49,000 residents.
Travis White, the RCS administrator for the Chamoli Center, noted that many residents are still reeling from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, “It’s incredibly important that we now are able to provide the services they need closer to home.”
“JCPS is grateful that we are re-opening the east end Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place,” said JCPS Assistant Director Averette. “We know that families are in need of social services throughout Louisville and providing these essential services helps remove non cognitive barriers to education. Jane Charmoli was committed to JCPS — its students, its staff and its families. Jane had a passion to connect families with resources within their own neighborhood and believed that the best way to do this was by working together across agency lines. Thanks to Jane, her legacy is still breathing life into our Louisville community.”
“The Neighborhood Place network is vital in supporting the health and well-being of Louisville families, and DCBS is proud to be a part of it,” DCBS Deputy Commissioner Dennis said. “Neighborhood Places are more than just an office to access services, they can be a lifeline. To a family in a time of crisis, this is everything. As we build up our service array to meet 21st-century needs, Neighborhood Places are modeling the collaboration required to get Jefferson County families on a healthy path.”
"The need for basic governmental services is something that residents in every community within Metro share," said Louisville Metro Councilman Anthony Piagentini, District 19. "The re-establishment of the Charmoli Center addresses the real need that exists in the eastern portion of our city. Government must do a better job addressing the changing landscape of our people and where they choose to live and make sure that today’s Metro addresses the needs of all its residents no matter their location. We are proud to have the Charmoli Center re-opening their doors."
The Charmoli Center is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It has ample, free parking and is accessible by several TARC bus routes. A total of eight Neighborhood Places, along with one satellite site1, serve residents across Jefferson County. Residents are free to seek services from any of locations.
To find Neighborhood Place in their area, residents may call 311 or 574-5000, or visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/neighborhood-place.