The Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park shares its building with several tenants who also serve our community. It collaborates with many of them on programs and activities. Here’s an alphabetical list:

Don’t Waste Durham

Don’t Waste Durham was founded in 2013 in response to Durham’s growing plastic pollution problems.

DWD solves problems at a systems level by demonstrating what is possible when we combine innovation, technology, and existing infrastructure. Their innovations give consumers and businesses alternatives they can use now. They believe non-profit organizations play an important role in demonstrating possibility and leading the way to scale ideas that are good for people, the economy, and the planet.

DWD advocates and builds awareness to help shift attitudes and behaviors. And they lead bold, evidence-based policy changes that support a trash-free future.

Learn more about Don’t Waste Durham here.

Durham County Social Services

DCSS offers a variety of social work programs that invest in the safety and stability of families, elderly and disabled adults. It also helps children to be ready for and succeed in school. Its programs include:

    • Adult protective services
    • In-home services
    • Child protective services
    • Long-term care website
    • Family crisis
    • School social work

For more information about services specific to Lyon Park, contact Ms. Demetria Jones, site director, at (919) 560-8427; dejones@dconc.gov.

Durham Parks & Recreation

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides diverse opportunities for the Durham community to “play more,” connecting people to wellness, the outdoors, and lifelong learning. Guided by the City’s strategic plan, DPR strives to “help residents discover, explore, and enjoy life through creative and challenging recreational choices that contribute to their physical, emotional, and social health.”

DPR offers many recreational opportunities across Durham. Visit it online or come speak with its staff in our center to learn about local swimming pools, fitness facilities, environmental education, teen programs, and offerings for people with disabilities. Contact Ms. Nicole Waller at (919) 560-4288, ext.27375. E-mail: Leona.Waller@durhamnc.gov

Durham Technical Community College

Durham Tech offers free Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses at our center. The courses are available for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills, and who have performed below the high school level on placement tests. They prepare students to move into the Gateway to College Adult High School Diploma or High School Equivalency programs.

Durham Tech also offers free ABE courses at other local locations, including at its main campus in Durham. Registration is open until each course is full. 


Head Start & Early Head Start

Durham Head Start provides early childhood educational services for families with children from birth through pre-K (3 & 4-year-olds). It helps spark years of growth and development. Its activities include:

  • School readiness (math and language development)
  • Physical development and health
  • Social and emotional development
  • Family Outreach

Durham Head Start is part of the Chapel Hill Training Outreach Program. For more information on how to enroll a child, please contact Ms. Kim Harris, Lyon Park site director, (984) 888-0022 ex. 225; kharris@durhamhs.org.

Kidznotes (music)

Kidznotes provides an immersive out-of-school musical program for students in grades 1 through 12, offering a wide range of activities including instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. Inspired by the renowned El Sistema model of youth orchestras originating in Venezuela and now implemented globally, Kidznotes embodies the ethos of “music for social change.”


Led by dedicated Teaching Artists, Kidznotes aims to empower young learners through music education. The program operates for 8 hours per week, spanning 32 weeks annually within the Durham Public Schools.

For more information, visit its website or call (919) 321-4475.

Lincoln Community Health & Duke Health

The Lyon Park Clinic was designed with the help of multiple community members to meet the health needs of residents in the South Central Durham community. It is a joint program of Lincoln Community Health Center and Duke Medicine’s Division of Community Health.

 To schedule an appointment, call (919) 536-4205.

Sophisticated Catering & Event Planning

Sophisticated Catering & Event Planning is a full-service catering company established in October 1998. They provide services for both corporate events (single or multi-day conferences, board meetings, training sessions, office parties, etc.) and social events (weddings, family reunions, graduations, anniversaries, holiday celebrations, etc.). Whether your event is for 15 or several hundred or whether it’s casual or you need white glove service, they can take care of your needs.  

For more information or to book catering services, please contact Chef Shawn and Jeanine Holland, owners, at (919) 479-5237; contact@sophisticatedcatering.com.

Voices for Justice in Palestine

Voices for Justice in Palestine (VJP) was formed in 2020. They are an intentional merger of two predecessor organizations – the Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ), 2005-2020, and the Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME), 2006-2020. Each of these local organizations has been strongly committed to a just and lasting peace in Palestine/Israel, working on parallel tracks offering educational programs, public forums, legislative advocacy, bus ad campaigns, scholarship trips to Palestine/Israel, and a sustained media presence through letters to the editor and op-eds.

For more information, visit VPJ’s website or contact voicesforjusticeinpalestine@gmail.com.

Tenant Portal

Attention WECF Tenants, please click the links below to reserve space in the facility or place a work order for repairs. If you do not receive a response within 48 hours (except for emergencies), please contact WECF Management.