Arlington Woods Neighborhood Association was organized for the neighborhood bounded by East 38th Street to the north, East 21st Street to the south, Shadeland Avenue to the east, Sherman Drive to the west. This organization was registered with the city in 2018.

Eastern Star Church has been an important institution in the neighborhood since 1920. The congregation has invested in a wide variety of community-oriented projects, especially since 1988. It also formed outreach initiatives to assist area residents, including renovation of the nearby Beechwood Gardens apartments, college scholarships, support for students at IPS School No. 99, and a program to feed thousands of families each year through its JEWEL Human Services outreach arm.

In 2018, the congregation launched the Renewing Our Community for the Kingdom (ROCK) Initiative, in a continuing effort to revitalize Arlington Woods. Church resources and private donations were used to construct or renovate a dozen homes and open a new building on 30th Street that has low-cost apartments, a credit union, a legal clinic, and a market offering healthy food options. Eastern Star also is constructing a $9.4 million community center to provide comprehensive services for the neighborhood’s children and youth.

Revised May 2021

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