For four decades, the historic district of downtown Dover has suffered with decay, underdevelopment, impoverishment, and despair. After consultations with various stakeholders, a group of Dover citizens founded the People’s Community Center.
The three centers of the PCC are successfully organizing local partners and allies, and accessing funding, for pilot programs to address the neighborhood’s most critical problems:
The site of the People’s Community Center is the historic church building of the People’s Church of Dover. For this 100-year old building to effectively house the programs identified in the inset, considerable renovation and rehabilitation is required:
The Center for Neighbors in Need addresses food insecurity, homelessness, unemployment, despair and addiction, lack of access to basic health care, and both personal and community mental health crises. The downtown neighborhood is a food and medical care desert, and the city-wide housing crisis is acute.
The Center for Community Health seeks to ameliorate health disparities and give residents of Dover an equal chance at life. We will work with an OB/GYN and a public health Nurse Practitioner who have been providing services to low-income downtown residents for years, but without a permanent clinic site.