Desiring to provide a holistic response to needs in the community, Spirit and Truth Fellowship Church gave birth to Reese Street Community Center as a separate 501(c)(3) in 1992 in order 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 its surrounding North Philadelphia community by sharing the transforming love of Christ through leadership development, job training, economic development, after school education and programming, legal aid, 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 to maintain the strong partnership between the church and the Community Center. The church and the community center moved only fifteen blocks into the neighborhood of Hunting Park, which is bounded by Hunting Park Avenue on the south, Roosevelt Boulevard on the north, Ninth Street on the west, and Fifth Street on the east.
Currently, Ayuda 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.
Ayuda is a part of the Re.A.C.H. (Redemptive Arts for Community Health) Coalition with Esperanza Health Center, Casa del Consejaria y Salud Integral, and One Hope Community Church. The goal of the coalition is to promote whole, strong families by strengthening youth and adults in order to thrive as influential members of their community.