Wheeler Avenue Central City Comprehensive Community Center
In 1976, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas created the Central City Comprehensive Community Center (5C’s). The purpose was to establish a Family Life Center that served minority and economically disadvantaged individuals, groups and neighborhoods by providing educational, civic, and personal development.
In 1979 the IRS designated 5C’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. By April 2001, the organization’s name changed to Wheeler Avenue Central City Comprehensive Community Center (WA5C’s) as it continued as the social services provider for Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. By partnering with Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church (WABC), WA5C’s has successfully revitalized the community, built consensus, and developed programs centered on filling the gaps in the community with much-needed services and policy changes.
WA5C’s has provided outreach services for the past three decades and focused its efforts in two programmatic areas that include: homeless and prenatal education. WA5C’s envisions providing resources to support communities bounded by, but not limited to, Main Street, Gulf Freeway, and Old Spanish Trail (“OST”).
Mission for Wheeler Avenue 5C’s
Wheeler Avenue 5C’s mission is to maintain and enhance an urban village by developing and managing social and human services that address the prevalent socioeconomic needs of the underserved communities.
Goal for Wheeler Avenue 5C’s
Our goal is to maintain and enhance the urban structure of Houston’s Third Ward area by developing and managing social and human services that address the prevalent socioeconomic needs of underserved communities.
Board of Directors
WA5C’s board of directors consists of thirteen members. The officers consist of a president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. There are two committees that manage the fiduciary responsibilities of the organization: Finance Committee and Nomination Committee.
Three additional committees are responsible for setting the strategic direction for each of the three programmatic areas: 1) homelessness; 2) ex-offenders; and 3) prenatal education. The committees meet every other month to ensure that goals and objectives are met. The board also includes a former homeless person who provides knowledge and insight of homelessness that is instrumental in WA5C’s expansion of outreach to the homeless population.
- Dawn Lord, M.D., Chair
- Maurice Carr, Treasurer
- Wanda White, Secretary
- Jacqueline Preston
- Audrey Cosby
- Charlotte K. Bryant
- Diedra Fontaine
- Rev. Donnie Williams
- Tiffany Brown
- Paul Charles
- Lucy H. Anderson