Chronic poverty is one of the most complex and most difficult problems to eradicate. Its symptoms, and often its causes, include welfare dependency, infant mortality, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, teen pregnancy, and inadequate education – factors that are all too often intertwined. Perry School works to fight all dimensions of chronic poverty through its own programming and its network of collaborating organizations. Created in 1991 by the residents of a chronically poor community, it continues to be a community-run facility. In addition to hosting multiple organizations aimed at fighting poverty, it offers its own resources: a preschool program, summer camp, tutoring programs, GED services, a 30-station computer learning center, and counseling. A model multi-agency, multidisciplinary group making a real impact on urban poverty, the Center is an exemplary instance of a community working successfully to help itself. Won’t you become part of the solution?
Awards & Recognition
Catalogue for Philanthropy--Inaugural Issue
Catalogue for Philasnthropy--2011
NOMA BID Community Service Award--2007
Washington Club--Community Service Award--2009
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for Perry School Community Services Center is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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