Who We Are
Prescott-Joseph serves as a friendly, helping hand for the community of West Oakland.
Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized in 1995 in the Prescott district of West Oakland. It evolved out of the conceptual scheme for the adaptive re-use of the former Saint Joseph's Convent (St. Patrick Convent) as a center for community services, education, culture and development in West Oakland.
Serving the community since 1995
In 1995, community visionaries had the idea of restoring an 1876 former Victorian convent building and revitalizing it with programs to serve the local community. The Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. (PJCCE) began offering programs in late 1995, including tutoring in the schools, programs computer literacy classes, and a place to celebrate the arts. Today, we continue to uphold that vision and provide programs that strengthen the individual, stabilizes families, and revitalizes the community. Our six program areas are: Family Support Services, Art & Culture, Health & Wellness, Youth Development, Community Education, and Community Partnerships.
The mission of the Center is three-fold
- To promote the individual self-esteem of citizens in the community through education, skill training and cultural programs, thus supporting healthy families and economic self-sufficiency.
- To promote the on-going renewal of community spirit among West Oakland residents.
- To organize and promote community activities that facilitate economic and community development in West Oakland.
Enhancing The Individual
The purpose of Prescott-Joseph is to revitalize the Convent building with programs that will not only serve the current needs of this economically deprived and undeveloped community but will enhance the people of this community to go forward and participate in the re-development of their community. It aims to build the community by building the individual.