Korean Community Development Services Center (KCDSC)
The Korean Community Development Services Center (KCDSC) was established as a non-profit organization in 1985 with the goal of providing a comprehensive array of services for low to moderate income individuals and families. Serving a highly diverse community that is 47% African-American, 21% white, 18% Asian-American, 15% Hispanic, 8% other races, and 5% two or more races, we understand that the challenges will not only be difficult, but also abundant and unique.
KCDSC didn’t start as a community development center. In 1983, the Korean Crime Prevention Committee was established to promote the safety of Korean business owners in Philadelphia in the midst of a spate of violent crime in the area. But soon, the founding members of the Committee realized that the community had more comprehensive need.
The Committee became the Korean Community Development Services Center in 1985. The name change signaled a broader vision – to address the felt needs of the surrounding community by providing the types of services that allowed community members to better their lives. Included in this vision was a commitment to serve the entire Greater Olney community, then as now made up of a diverse assortment of ethnic groups and cultures.