Worcester Center for Community Development
Thank you to the numerous, dedicated volunteers that have put in countless hours over the past few months! Thank you to those that have faithfully donated towards this project! We are nearing the end of the first phase of the remodel for the new café in Worcester!
Worcester Massachusetts is the second largest city in New England. The 01605 zip code is our primary area of focus for our Center for Community Development. Several parts of this community are very economically depressed. Many of the young people that we work with struggle with difficult home environments, daily food, and a lack of adequate positive influences.
By providing strong mentorship relationships for teens, offering parenting classes, and supporting local families with services, we seek to foster an environment where healthy households can develop.
Eighteen percent of young people in this zip code are not able to graduate high-school and only 47% ever realize any type of higher education credentials. Our after-school homework time programs work specifically to help students improve grades and better their overall learning and relational skills.
Currently, only 38% of the folks in this community have a full-time income. We work to help our program participants to develop job skills and provide the type of training that will allow them to gain full-time employment. Long-term, this will help to increase the median household income in this zip code (currently one of the lowest in the state) and allow a higher percentage of our participants to become future home owners.
Currently, we estimate that less than 2% of those under 18 in Central Massachusetts are connected to a church on a regular basis. We are working to change this by creating ways for young people make better connections to the local church.
In order to grow our programs and see the long-lasting impact we strive for, we will continue to expand our facilities. We aim to break ground on a new building later this year. To move to the next phase of construction and keep up with our current program costs in Worcester we need to raise $227,597 by the end of 2019.
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