The West End Community Foundation, Inc. (WECF) seeks to revitalize the West End community of Durham, North Carolina through education, health care, job training programs, and human enrichment.
The Mission of WECF is to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of the West End (Southwest Central Durham area) and the City of Durham through education, community development, health care, job training and human enrichment by conducting activities which:
- Enlist, organize and support the efforts to create programs, provide services, and/or assist citizens of the target community.
- Provide ownership of property for the purpose of benefiting programs and services consistent with the mission.
- Obtain grants, gifts, pledges, donations, bequests, and/or funds from a variety of sources that will be used for the benefit of the residents of the community and the continued operation of The Center.
The West End Community Foundation, Inc. (WECF) is the 501(c)(3) organization that operates the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park (CFLRC) in Durham, North Carolina. WECF was formerly known as Calvary Ministries of The Westend Community, Inc. (CMWC) until December 2014.
The Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park (CFLRC) began as a vision to revitalize the West End neighborhood’s standard of living by restoring the then historic 68-year old Lyon Park School into a community center providing programming and services.
In 1992, WECF (then CMWC) started as a congregational vision at First Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Fredrick A. Davis. In 1993, WECF (then CMWC) was officially formed as a nonprofit organization established to help address the economic, educational, and human enrichment needs of the West End Community and its resident in the Southwest Central Durham area.
In November of 1996, through careful planning, lobbying and solicitation, the Durham citizens approved a bond referendum allocating $6.4 million towards the Lyon Park School’s renovation. In October 2002, the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park (CFLRC) opened its doors for all Durham residents to enjoy. The CFLRC is a community based empowerment and partnership initiative with the City of Durham. The Center includes an auditorium space, computer labs, a game room, dance studio, multipurpose meeting spaces, and a full size gymnasium with an above suspended track court. At the time of opening in 2002, The Center housed a medical health center through Duke Hospital, GED preparation and tutorial programs, head start child development services, senior daycare program, summer and after-school youth education enrichment programs, and a series of programs offered by the Durham Parks & Recreation Department such as recreation, summer and after-school enrichment programs, and performing & visual arts opportunities. The commercial kitchen was a part of the original renovation plans but had to be postponed because of a shortage in funding.
The Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park is a community-based partnership initiative between the 501 © 3 nonprofit and the City of Durham. The Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park (The Center) is managed by a WECF Board of Directors comprised of Durham citizens.