ABOUT US

JAMES E. WARREN is the Founder & Executive Director of Center for Community Development in Chicago. He has over 20 years experience in community organizing. Mr. Warren founded the Center for Community Development in 2004 to provide guidance, support and resources to inner city boys.

In addition to his work with the Center for Community Development, Mr. Warren serves as a consultant to several not-for-profit organizations. His areas of expertise are Mentoring, Entrepreneurship, Community Development and Non-Profit Management. He received his Masters in Community Development from North Park University in the fall of 2006.  Mr. Warren is the author of the recently released book, “Steps to Manhood.”

ALICIA J. WARREN is the Vice President and Treasurer of Center for Community Development in Chicago. Born and raised in West Englewood, she brings a sincere love for people and outstanding administrative skills to CCD.

Her areas of expertise are Administration and Technical Support. Alicia received her Bachelors in Computer Science from Chicago State University in the spring of 1989.

TERRELL E. THOMAS is the Director of the Men’s Programs for the Center for Community Development. Raised in South Shore, Terrell has a passion for equipping men to be leaders in their homes and their community.

Mr. Thomas currently serves as pastor of Zion Temple Church of Christ in Sacramento, CA. There he is active in Cops and Clergy, a project that pairs local ministers with local law enforcement officers to build community trust and reduce gang violence through outreach and intervention.

DOREATH LOMAX is the Director of Community Development for the CCD. Ms. Lomax holds dual master’s degrees in parenting education/family support and adult education. She is committed to serving parents and helping youth reach their full potential.

Ms. Lomax has more than 24 years of experience working in higher education and currently is an instructor at Ball State University.

 

history

The Center for Community Development (CCD) was founded on September 27, 2004. Our purpose is to enhance the lives of boys and families from underserved communities in Chicago through mentoring and access to resources. We have made an impact in the community using three programs: Youth, Men and Economic Development.

COMMUNITY HISTORY:

The South Shore community is a place of contrasts.  In one section, bungalows on tree-lined streets welcome visitors. The Jackson Park Highlands remains a stable neighborhood.

Yet, the signs of urban decline are apparent elsewhere. The Center of Community Development provides service in a section of South Shore called “Terror Town” by some because violence and drug abuse plague it.

STRUCTURE: CCD is a 501(c) 3 non-profit with a governing board comprised of local residents. Our staff and volunteers operate using a collective structure which involves open meetings, informal discussions, and decisions by consensus.

programs

pic 1We are providing services to men and boys in the South Shore community. Youth, Men and Economic Development programs are critical components of CCD. Our Steps To Manhood Program works with boys 7-17 years of age. Our Men’s programs provide services for men ages 18 and older. Those services include accountability partners, bible study groups, and counseling (career, financial, and relationship). The Economic Development programs include the following: entrepreneurship, job training, and real estate redevelopment. We train aspiring entrepreneurs in our How to Start and Run a Business class. Our job training program prepares men and boys in the following areas: creating a resume, interviewing techniques and computer literacy. CCD collaborates with multiple organizations to support the broad needs of mentees and their families.  Its close relationship with Christ Bible Church and Hales Franciscan High School gives the Center access to a wide range of services and facilities to accommodate youth.

ORGANIZING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: CCD is committed to equipping youth and men to participate in the economic development of the South Shore community. Our strategy for economic development includes teaching entrepreneurship and real estate redevelopment. The entrepreneurship class will focus on how to start and run a business. Local contractors have agreed to provide training in real estate rehabilitation. We intend to include social, spiritual and vocational mentoring for men and boys.

EVALUATION: All programs are evaluated frequently to measure accomplishments. Parents, mentors, agency staff, teachers, and the youth receive pre and post program surveys to evaluate success.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Mentoring
College Counseling
Real Men Read

MEN’S PROGRAM

Accountability
Bible Study
Career Counseling

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Job Readiness Training
Entrepreneurship
Real Estate Redevelopment

CDC philosophy

bookThe solutions to problems of urban America have generated many philosophies. However, the most creative long-term solutions to the problems of the poor are coming from grass roots and church-based efforts. The solutions are coming from people who see themselves as the ambassadors for Jesus in their own communities.

This concept is known as Christian Community Development. The concept is based on Biblical principles and practical experiences from years of living and working among the poor. In 1960, John and Vera Mae Perkins developed this philosophy to help alleviate poverty and oppression in Mississippi. Through their work and ministry, Christian Community Development was conceived. Christian Community Development has hundreds of models around the country making great progress in urban and rural communities. Locally, the Center for Community Development is an example of Christian Community Development.

The Center for Community Development is committed to listening to the community residents and hearing their dreams, ideas and thoughts. This is known as the felt need concept. Listening is important because the people of the community are the treasures of the future. The talents and abilities of the residents can solve the problems that exist. Community residents must see themselves as the solution to the problems.

Asset-based community development focuses on the assets of a community and building upon them. Christian Community Development and Asset-Based Community Development, when used together, can have extremely positive results. Every community has assets, but they are often neglected. Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) identifies all of the assets in the community that helps the community see its many positive characteristics. It is through these assets that people develop their community.

The church has not been involved in developing its communities. Often, the communities across the country see the church as an unfriendly neighbor. Many churches are open only on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Communities across our nation believe the church should be connected to the needs of the people around them. Because of this, grassroots organizations have started to love their neighbors and their neighborhood. The Center for Community Development works with churches, schools and community organizations to take action towards the development of its community.

make a donation

Center for Community Development is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Your 100% tax deductible contribution will be used to support our programs.

contact us

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

8708 S Bennett Ave # 222
Chicago,IL 60617

Phone: 773 322-2248
Email: cntrforcommdev@sbcglobal.net

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