Community Outreach

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The Crichton neighborhood is one of the most socially and economically diverse populations in Mobile, with single mothers heading the majority of households with an average family income of less than $12,000 per year. The clientele that is served directly by Dumas Wesley is approximately 69% low-income and approximately 95% minority.

Dumas Wesley’s Neighborhood Outreach Program provides direct, on-going contact with residents of the Crichton neighborhood. Dumas Wesley serves as a liaison between neighborhood residents and law enforcement, city governmental agencies, and social service agencies. Additionally, Dumas Wesley coordinates regular community meetings held throughout the community and on-site at the Center.

The purpose of our Community Outreach Program is to:

  • Recruit and enroll children, youth, adults and senior citizens into the Center’s various programs,
  • Provide emergency assistance for qualified, low-income residents in need of food pantry items and housing repairs,
  • Empower residents and clients to achieve self-sufficiency through financial literacy programs that encourage family financial management; reducing dependency on credit and increasing protection against predatory lending practices;
  • Serve as a liaison between neighborhood residents and law enforcement, city governmental agencies, and social service agencies,
  • Schedule and coordinate regular community meetings held throughout the community and at the Center, and
  • Encourage neighborhood residents to join and actively participate in community advocacy groups and volunteer leader workshops.

 

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