Desiring to provide a holistic response to needs in the community, Spirit and Truth Fellowship Church established the Reese Street Community Center as a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1992. The mission was simply to serve the children and families in one of the poorest neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. The long-term goal of Reese Street Community Center was to serve North Philadelphia by sharing the transforming love of Christ, through leadership development, job training, economic development, after school education & programming, legal assistance, health care, daycare, referral services, food assistance, and clothing distribution.
In January of 1997, Reese Street Community Center changed its name to Ayuda (which means “help” in Spanish) Community Center and moved, along with the church, fifteen blocks into Hunting Park. The neighborhood of Hunting Park is bordered by Hunting Park Avenue to the south, Roosevelt Boulevard to the north, Ninth Street to the west, and Fifth Street to the east.
Currently, Ayuda Community Center is a community-based and community-owned effort that offers before and after school programs, a community arts center, and a summer day camp program.
Staff are constantly striving to engage with youth and adults, right where they are in the community. The goal is to provide a holistic response to the direct needs of the neighborhood by offering programs and opportunities focused on community/social development, arts, education, collaboration, and advocacy. We desire to strengthen youth and adults, so they might grow and thrive as influential members of their community.
At Ayuda Community Center, we are constantly striving to engage with youth and adults, right where they are in the community. One way we like to support our current programs is by bringing interns and volunteers into our day-to-day operations. Volunteers play a critical role in the life of Ayuda. They are used in various areas, such as assisting in the after-school program, helping to clean up the block, and even helping out at Ayuda’s office. There are many different ways to support Ayuda Community Center, as well as our students!
The hope is that Ayuda Community Center would serve as a platform for others to learn about, and understand the value of intercultural awareness, and the support of youth and adults in a community; it is also that this experience might help teach others what it takes to go out and engage the community in service and in love.
For more information about volunteering with Ayuda Community Center, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by calling 215-329-5777 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayuda is a part of the Re.A.C.H. (Redemptive Arts for Community Health) Coalition with Casa de Consejaria y Salud Integral and 8th Street Community Church. The goal of the coalition is to connect, encourage, and empower the community. For more information, call 215-329-5777 or e-mail email@example.com