HELP US

EMPOWER HEARTS AND MINDS

IN OUR COMMUNITY

Our goal is to revitalize a property that has been misused and create a space that can benefit our community.

In December 2018, Providence Church purchased the car wash property on W. Washington Street. Over the years the car wash became a property that attracted drug users, crime and other negative activity. However, we saw potential for this wasted space. The Westside Community Center has been given the opportunity to partner with Providence Church to revitalize this property through this exciting project. 

Our goal is $495,440

to restore this property and create:

  • A place to play
  • A safe, healthy space to skateboard
  • Expand the Community Garden
  • A place for kids
  • Green Space to enjoy & relax outside in 

RESEARCH SHOWS 

The presence of a community garden decreases food insecurity, improves health and dietary intake, and strengthens relationships within the community (Fogle, 2014). 

Communities with a safe skate spot reduce criminal behavior as much as 29%, reduce damage to private properties, and provide a safe place for skateboarders (Jacobson, 2019). 

Public basketball courts encourage cross cultural interactions, establish social networks, and can lead to a healthier lifestyle of exercise (Staub D, Colby SE, Olfert MD, et al.)

The Westside Community Center

Weekly programs that serve families & youth

Thousands

of dollars saved through yearly tax prep

Dozens

of skaters served at weekly Skate, Grill & Chill

88%

of students at the after school program believe their life has purpose

88%

of students at the Westside avoided drugs/alcohol

75%

of students increased academic motivation

MEET

ANDY

Students that attended westside programs in 2018-2019

Improved Behavior

71% avoided sex

88% avoided drugs/alcohol

96% avoided skipping or dropping out of school

Improved Academics

75% increased academic motivation

83% doing better in school

71% improved reading/writing skills

Gained Leadership Experience

88% believe their life has purpose

88% want to give back to others

79% want to take on leadership roles in their community

Boosted Confidence

96% feel more confident

88% increased self-esteem

75% made more friends

Food Insecurity

8.4% of residents in Chester County are food insecure

Crime

35.5% of crimes in West Chester are committed by juveniles

Skate Parks in communities

have shown to reduce overall crime by up to 22.8%

Community Gardens

food insecurity dropped by 28.1% when families became part of a community garden

Public Parks

encourage cross cultural interactions, establish social networks, and strengthen social ties

Community Basketball Courts

can lead to a 30% decrease in crime, 10.4% decrease in juvenile arrests, 60% decrease in drug-related crime, and 50% decrease in juvenile incidents

THE PROJECT

 

CAR WASH

Over the years the car wash became a property that attracted drug users, crime and other negative activity.

 

SURROUNDING PROPERTY

 

GARDEN AREA

This project will expand the current Community Garden allowing for more healthy produce to be distributed to our community.

 

SKATE SPOT

We will be able to expand the Skate Spot Program and allow for an even safer environment to see the skate culture impacted in the community.

 

BASKETBALL COURT

There is space for a modified Basketball Court on this property to ensure that people can enjoy the sport that they love.

help us

restore this property

by partnering with us financially. Together, we'll create a safer community with less crime, stronger relationships, fresh produce, and a safe place for youth. 

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