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Diversified Community Services- Founded: 1968
DCS has evolved into the largest human services agency in Point Breeze. With 130 employees operating from multiple sites, DCS serves over 8,000 children, youth and families each year through a wide array of services. Its core program includes early childhood education, children and youth services, adult and family services, housing counseling and job readiness assistance.
Friends Neighborhood Guild - Founded: 1879
Provides continuous social supports to help improve the quality of life of North Philadelphia residents, and assists in the development of leadership and organization through which community residents may effectively pursue common objectives. Its programming includes youth development, truancy prevention, food pantry, and a neighborhood energy center.
Grace Safe Place - Founded: 2002
Located in West Oak Lane, this centers mission is to provide a safe, caring environment for juveniles and their families in the Greater Philadelphia area. It offers educational enrichment, mutual respect/life skills training and social activities. Over 250 families are served annually through the Grace Pre-School and Day Care, Summer Camp, and Parent Enrichment programs.
Legacy Christian Academy- Founded: 1971
Legacy, a faith-based organization located in the heart of West Philadelphia, has been providing a safe and stimulating environment for youth for 38 years. Its mission is to aid youth in becoming self-sufficient individuals mentally, physically, socially and morally so that they can meet the demands of a rapidly changing society.
The Lighthouse - Founded: 1893
Established as a settlement house serving new immigrants who had no Philadelphia city services, the Lighthouse has been in continuous operation serving the Kensington and North Philadelphia communities for more than 115 years. It has grown into a multi-service, multi-age provider to a multi-cultural community. It offers educational, recreational and economic improvement programs that provide partner families and individuals the opportunity to effect positive change to improve the quality of their lives.
Lutheran Settlement House - Founded: 1902
Lutheran Settlement House was established as a non-profit, nonsectarian, community-based organization, committed to serving vulnerable children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia. Over the past century, the focus of the organization has changed in response to the changing needs of the community. However, the core mission of Lutheran Settlement House — "to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency" — has remained constant. LSH integrates social, educational and advocacy services through programs such as: Bilingual Domestic Violence, Community Education & Employment, Homeless Services and, Senior Center and Services. It serves more than 14,000 individuals each year.
New Leaf Club - Founded: 2011
The New Leaf Club is a non profit education and entertainment youth center dedicated to assisting young people connect to their whole, healthy, and artistic self.
Nicetown CDC - Founded: 1999
Founded by members who bring a collective track record of decades of experience in developing the community. This includes economic, housing, and small business development, social service delivery, community engagement, and special events coordination.
North Light Community Center - Founded: 1936
North Light Community Center is a multi-service community based non-profit agency located in Manayunk and serving many surrounding neighborhoods. Through the years, North Light has developed a wide variety of programs and services such as a food cupboard, day care for school aged children, tutoring, scholarship programs for students in elementary through graduate school, teen employment, a computer lab with public access, arts and recreation which provide the kind of self-help that many residents need and cannot find elsewhere. These programs offer critical access and nourish personal empowerment, positively impacting youth, strengthening families and enriching the community. North Light serves over 2,700 people annually with a small staff and over 300 dedicated volunteers making a positive difference in the community.
The Providence Center - Founded: 1993 The Providence Center seeks to engage children, youth, and adults in educational opportunities within the Fairhill/West Kensington community of North Philadelphia. The center values respect for the dignity of each person and creates a safe, hospitable space for learning.
United Communities Southeast Philadelphia - Founded: 1969
United Communities Southeast Philadelphia works to foster social and economic justice and to build self-sustaining communities through: advocacy that promotes member participation and leadership; economic programs for enhancing community development; social programs supporting individual and family well-being; and educational opportunities that advance skill development and knowledge building.
The Village of the Arts and Humanities- Founded: 1989
The Village of Arts and Humanities' is a multi-faceted, professionally staffed, arts organization, governed by a community-based board of directors. The Village has received numerous local and international awards and citations for innovation and achievement, and earned high marks within the community for serving thousands of low-income, primarily under-served African Americans.
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