It began with a vision...a vision to serve not just our members, not just our neighborhood, but the community in which we live.
The Beasley Brown Community Development Corporation (CDC) began with a concept in 2007, when Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church realized that in addition to being in the heart of the neighborhood, we were only blocks from downtown and within walking distance to the Alamodome. In fact, people often park in our parking lot when attending events at the dome. We knew then that our area of service had to include the people who lived and worked downtown.
Our first event was a pilot program in April 2008, the John Maxwell Maximum Impact Simulcast on leadership. With positive feedback, we began to plan to offer more leadership tools. Already our church was feeding the hungry and clothing those who had none. We were tutoring children, so we decided to formalize our efforts and position ourselves to help more people.
In the summer of 2008, the CDC applied for a 501(c)(3) and was soon granted nonprofit status. We are expanding our work with construction underway for a new 12,000 square foot, $2.4 million building. (See the architectural drawing above.) It will be the Beasley Brown Community Center, named in honor of one of our great benefactors. Within a couple of months, it will be filled with classrooms, a commercial kitchen and dining facilities, a large food pantry and more space for our outreach programs, and more room to tutor children.
On Friday, June 17, 2011, we launched a new youth program designed to help young survivors of the April tornado in Alabama and to teach our youth leadership skills in community service. The program is titled Kids2Kids.
On Friday, May 4, 2012, we will build upon our legacy with another simulcast on leadership. The Chick-fil-A Leadercast will feature:
Tim Tebow, NFL Quarterback
John Maxwell - Leadership Expert and Author
Patrick Lencioni - Best-selling Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a TeamSo, we began with our members, our neighbors, our community.
On June 15-16 and 18-19, 2012, we will partner with the San Antonio Juneteenth Association in presenting the 14th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. On Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m., the Beasley Brown Community Center will be the site of the Juneteenth Freedom Dinner honoring local journalist Kathy Clay-Little.
We are serving our community and, with our Kids2Kids program, we we have reached out with support for our national neighbors. Next, our goal is to include international service, as well. We invite you to join us on this journey to make a difference in the lives of others.
It began with a vision.