100 years of Oaklands History: From Convent to Community Center
In 1995, visionaries had the idea of restoring a former convent building and revitalizing it with programs to serve the local community.
Today, we uphold that vision and focus on three areas of service education, including health education, computer training, and art and culture.
We are doing this in collaboration with other community-based organizations (CBOs), some of which reside in our building. Additionally, Prescott-Joseph Center is the lead agency for several programs of the West Oakland Community Collaborative working on economic development and social services issues in the community.
Times have changed. Challenges continue.
Though much has changed now in the 21st century, much remains the same for the majority of people in West Oakland. There is still the need for education, help for the poor and underprivileged. Jobs, skills and a new revival of spirit are needed more than ever.
Full Tour Coming Soon
The Center is housed in a former convent building which is an outstanding example of Italianate residential architecture of the 1900s. The tour reviews a brief history of the building and its historic significance. There will be views of the exterior showing some of its key architectural features and an inside tour of the rooms, showing their features and current use.