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.
to restore this property and create:
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.)
Weekly programs that serve families & youth
of dollars saved through yearly tax prep
of skaters served at weekly Skate, Grill & Chill
of students at the after school program believe their life has purpose
of students at the Westside avoided drugs/alcohol
of students increased academic motivation
8.4% of residents in Chester County are food insecure
35.5% of crimes in West Chester are committed by juveniles
have shown to reduce overall crime by up to 22.8%
food insecurity dropped by 28.1% when families became part of a community garden
encourage cross cultural interactions, establish social networks, and strengthen social ties
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