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Our Background

The Community of Compassion CDC Inc. (“Compassion CDC”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, incorporated in 2001, located at 6150 Cedar Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143.  Compassion CDC is as an outgrowth of The Church of Christian Compassion, founded in 1981, which has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the redevelopment and revitalization of both human and physical aspects of the community.  Compassion CDC was created to implement the vast number of holistic programs and initiatives to improve the quality of life, promote community development, neighborhood pride and empower people to attain hope, motivation and the skills necessary to reach their personal potential and for families to become self-sufficient.

Our Community

Located in the Cobbs Creek section of Southwest Philadelphia, The Community of Compassion CDC Inc. (hereinafter “Compassion CDC”) is committed to serving youth, families and seniors living, working and worshipping in West/South-West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  We serve the following five (5) zip codes areas: 19139, 19143, 19104, 19131 and 19142 (e.g., police districts 12th, 16th 19th & 18th).  Programming takes places in the historic Haddington/Cobbs Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Haddington is the area bounded by 52nd Street, 63rd Street, Girard Avenue and Market Street.  Adjacent to it is Cobbs Creek, which is bounded by 52nd Street, Cobbs Creek Parkway, Baltimore Avenue and Market Street.  The Cobbs Creek neighborhood is adjacent to Cobbs Creek Park which forms the Western Boundary of the city. 


Our Vision

We envision a revitalized community where everyone is able to live a long, happy and healthy life, regardless of race, ability or zip code

Our Mission

Understanding that supporting the holistic well-being of families and keeping youth and families safe requires a collaborative approach, our mission is to partner with committed and caring community stakeholders to develop culturally-responsive prevention and intervention strategies with a faith-based component.

Our Beliefs

We believe that the whole self cannot be well without all parts being such and that the spiritual, physical, relational and financial issues faced by a population are intertwined.  We believe that helping to change the sociological, economical, educational, and family structure will enable us to provide a safe haven, whereby lives can be transformed. 

Our Focus

Compassion CDC has identified the following key areas for desired impact:

1) Youth Development (e.g., Violence Prevention/At-Risk Behaviors, Education, Community Service and Family Support)

2) Food Hunger/Insecurity

3) Income Stability (e.g., Entrepreneurship, Home ownership, Job/Career Training, Financial Literacy, Money Management);

4) Physical Health (e.g., Fitness/Nutrition, Access to health care)

5) Community Strengthening (Community-wide Events, Economic Development Initiatives, Creation of Affordable Housing)

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