About Us

Imani Family Center is a faith-based grassroots organization founded in May of 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio with the intent of becoming a nonprofit organization. In July of 2004, we received our letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service identifying us as a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt organization. The organization was formed to extend and expand needed services to the community. There is a great need to support and strengthen struggling families crippled by crisis, crime and fear. Many of the homes in this community are headed by single parents, foster parents, friends, grandparents, and other relatives. The leadership of our board and our certified staff have the experience, skill, and commitment to develop and administer programs that meet the needs of these families.


“Imani: A Beacon of Faith, Hope, and Empowerment”

"Imani," derived from one of the seven Kwanzaa principles, signifies "Faith." This principle holds immense significance in our mission to inspire faith in the lives of the faithless and bring hope to those who may feel hopeless within our community. The very essence of the name encapsulates a message of hope, assistance, healing, recovery, and empowerment. It serves as a beacon, symbolizing our commitment to instill faith and resilience in the hearts of those we serve.

Imani Family Center Founder - Shirley Stephens, Program Director

Shirley Stephens, founder of IFC, is a minister and former principal who saw a need to develop an organization and program that would support and empower families and individuals living in the community. It was her vision that the Imani Family Center's mission would be one of unity and empowerment by engaging the community around the church by going outside of its four walls to provide the kind of support to families that will strengthen them holistically by providing programs focused on (but not limited to) education, tutoring, health information, employment opportunities, counseling, summer camp, after school and financial support.