Central Baptist Community Development Corporation (CDC) and InterNeighborhood Foundation of Wilmington (INF) have joined together to launch a new business venture, Community Restoration Collaborative, Inc. (CRC). CRC will work to purchase, rehabilitate, and develop real estate with the initial focus on the Eastside of Wilmington. It is the intent of CDC and INF that the Community Restoration Collaborative will integrate these activities with workforce development efforts as to create real and on-going employment opportunities for neighborhood residents and other program participants.
The CRC will integrate the community development workforce development/employment training expertise of INF and CDC. INF has a proven track record of implementing/managing affordable housing projects and community development initiatives in the Eastside, Midtown Brandywine, and other areas of the City throughout its 30 year history. CDC offers a quality workforce development training curriculum that overlaps with their employment placement agency, Eastside Employment Services. They are currently engaged several efforts that model our vision for CRC
“This joint venture is an example of everything the Eastside Rising plan was intended to do”, says Rev. Dr. Terrance Keeling, President/CEO of Central Baptist Community Development Corporation. “Through this joint venture, Central Baptist CDC and INF will be able to address housing stabilization from the strengths of both organizations. In doing so, we will be taking an approach to community development that focuses on people as well as the brick and mortar. As a man of faith, I believe that this is a match made in heaven that will bring change according to the will of God for our Eastside Community. The Eastside is Rising”
“INF is extremely excited regarding the possibilities of this initiative”, says Timothy Crawl-Bey, Executive Director of INF. “As an organization, we have never believed that addressing housing, in and of itself, was or is a cure all for revitalizing our communities. In addition, success is rarely achieved without the benefit of excellent partners, and we have one in Central Baptist CDC. Our combined effort takes a more comprehensive approach to community development and has the potential for a much broader, longer-term impact. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead”.
For more information on CRC, please contact INF at [email protected].