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In 1995, Father Charles D. Burns and otehr community visionaries had the idea of restoring an 1876 former Victorian convent building and revitalizing it with programs to serve the local community. The Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. (PJC) began offering programs in late 1995, including tutoring in the schools, programs, computer literacy classes, and a place to celebrate the arts. Today, we continue to uphold that vision and provide programs that strengthen the individual, stabilize families, and revitalize the community. Our core program areas are: Health & Wellness, Early Childhood and Youth Development, and Community Partnerships. We are also home to the first-ever Northern California Breathmobile (pediatric mobile asthma clinics) and the West Oakland Food Pantry. 


Our Mission

• To promote the individual self-esteem of citizens in the community through education, skill training and cultural programs; thus supporting healthy families and economic self-sufficiency.
• To promote the on-going renewal of community spirit among West Oakland residents.
• To organize and promote community activities that facilitate economic and community development in West Oakland and the greater Bay Area.


Our Vision

The vision of Prescott-Joseph Center is for a vibrant West Oakland offering resources to strengthen the individual, stabilize families, and revitalize the community. We envision a safe, strong West Oakland community.

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