The Community Center at Visitation is a central gathering point for neighborhood activities. It also serves as a home for other organizations and agencies that provide meaningful services to the community. Reaching out to connect residents with these resources is a critical part of the Center’s role in Kensington.
From September through July each year, the Center hosts a community dinner on the last Friday of the month at 6pm. All are welcome to attend, all are invited to serve. In order to cover the cost of the food a donation is requested from guests who can offer their support.
The Community Center at Visitation offers hospitable space for its neighbors and local organizations to meet and address particular issues and concerns often related to the needs of the neighborhood and mission commitment of the CCV.
CCV is proud to host regular meetings with partners and collaborators who share our mission and commitment including: safety meetings facilitated by the Office for Community Development which allows neighbors to voice their concerns regarding public safety, monthly meetings for the New Sanctuary Movement which focus on the priorities and concerns of the growing immigrant community, and meetings of the mobile consulates for Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
The Center works in partnership with a number of local organizations to engage in larger community projects. The center has been involved with projects concerning the Viaduct, developing positive resources for women and men engaged in sex work along the Avenue, and greening projects throughout the neighborhood.
From September through July each year, the Center hosts a movie night on the second Friday of the month at 6pm. All are welcome to attend. In order to cover the cost of the refreshment and occasional raffle items, a donation is requested from guests who can offer their support.
New Hope Drop-In Program
The main goal of the Drop-In Program is to connect and build relationships with women actively engaging in sex work in the Kensington neighborhood. We do this by providing a clean, safe, and welcoming environment staffed by committed volunteers. The space is a place where women can come to address immediate needs while being treated with dignity and cared for with love. The program currently runs across the street from the Center at their new location (2659 Kensington Ave). They’re open Monday-Thursday, 11am-5pm with evening hours 9pm-12 midnight on Wednesday and Thursday.
Office for Community Development of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The Office for Community Development serves as a catalyst to promote positive transformation in targeted communities throughout the Archdiocese. It is a catalyst that promotes revitalization and stabilization of communities. Staff work with community leaders to identify strengths and provide resources to address each community’s unique needs. From bricks and mortar projects to small business development; from resident safety to community outreach and organizing, the Office for Community Development restores hope and improves the quality of life in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
The Center is gifted with resources and partners that help us help others when a temporary need arises. We welcome the opportunity to share what we can in terms of food through our relationship with Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Share Food Program, and St Elizabeth Parish in Lower Uwchland Township.
Our Fresh Choice Food Pantry is open every Monday from 9am-12pm. With this new supermarket model, patrons can now choose what food they take home to their families. All patrons receive a certain amount of “pantry credit” that can be used to shop in the pantry twice a month. (Though the food is priced, there is no cost to the patron, and no real money is involved.)
During pantry hours, we invite various social service agencies to setup a table in our gym. Patrons have the opportunity to connect with various services and health resources that can assist them in other areas of need, all in one location.