About Us: The Northside Outreach Center

Butch talkingSince 2004, the Northside Outreach Center (NOC), a non-denominational Christian-based 501(c)3 organization, has been working in Highland Park, within the Northside of Richmond, to assist low-income families, provide opportunities for underprivileged children, and revitalize the local economy. The NOC's stable presence in the community positions us to serve the residents with consistency. We have seen that the commitment to stand by families who desire to make a better life for themselves and their children is making a lasting difference.

To this end, we have identified the following ways in which the Northside Outreach Center is being utilized to improve the quality of life for the residents of Highland Park: 

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Reclaiming This Generation

1. 3 out of the 5 Richmond Public Schools that students from Highland Park attend failed to make “adequate yearly progress” on SOL testing in the 2008/2009 school year. (VA Dept. of Education)
2. Crime incidents in Richmond Public Schools are 2-4 times higher in seven out of nine categories than the state public schools average. (VA Dept. of Education)
3. 33% of the children in Highland Park are living in poverty. (OJJDP SMART System)

Knowing that the current generation of children and youth determine our future, the NOC places a great emphasis on reaching the young. Through our ministries, we are able to build and maintain lasting, positive relationships with kids who are greatly in need of love, encouragement, guidance, and support.

 

Rebuilding Familiesfamilies

  1. 69% of Highland Park households with children are single parent homes compared to the state average of 26%. (OJJDP SMART System)
  2. 32% of family households are raising children that are related but not their own. (2000 Census)

The NOC believes in the sanctity and value of the family. We believe that many of the problems in high-crime, low income neighborhoods are directly linked to the breakdown of the family unit, so we strive to support, challenge, and uplift adults hoping that they will learn to do the same in their own families.

 

 

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Restoring Streets to Dwell In

1. The per capita income in Highland Park is $11,989. (OJJDP SMART System)
2. 38% of adults have no high school diploma. (2000 Census)
3. Highland Park is ranked as a 10 on a scale of 10, with 10 being the highest on the Community Disadvantage Index (CDI). This index has been shown to be a key correlate of the risk for violence and is generally considered to be a more reliable indication of disadvantage than any single indicator used by itself. (OJJDP SMART System)

Through outreach and standing as a loving example, the NOC strives to restore caring community to the streets of Highland Park. In partnership with local civic and religious organizations, we aim to bring economic and spiritual revitalization to our neighborhood.