Townsend was born out of necessity. We have taken our place in the community in the struggle for equality, education, financial literacy, opportunity, and social justice.


Townsend Community Center was born out of the idea of racial fusion. In 1921 a small group of forward thinking Caucasian & Black citizens in Richmond, IN had a dream. These individuals included Timothy Nicholson, Judge Daniel Webster Comstock, William Dudley Foulke, Adam H. Bartel, George Knollenberg, Pastor James M. Townsend, SamFred and C.R. Richardson. The dream was to create a community center where people of all backgrounds could come together in Richmond. This dream turned into Townsend Community Center, named for the distinguished Black post-Civil War pastor and educator James M. Townsend. He was later elected to the State Legislature and was appointed to serve in the federal government by President Benjamin Harrison.


No matter what your station in life may be, Townsend Community Center is here to serve you. When any part of a community is broken, the whole community is broken. When that one part of the community is strengthened, the renewal of the whole begins. In order to assist our children, we must assist the entire family. We understand each person is unique and create specific approaches to each situation brought to our organization.

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