The Children/Adult Recreational and Educational Services, better known as C.A.R.E.S. is a faith-based 501© – 3 non-profit organization located in the heart of the Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA. However, C.A.R.E.S. is much more than its acronym.
Beginning as a vision of hope and progress C.A.R.E.S. has expanded into a well-known afterschool program within the Hill District community, thanks to the diligent work of its Founder Rev. Glenn G. Grayson. With the start of a new millennium Rev. Grayson saw an opportunity to begin a new foundation centered on academic, emotional, and psychological progress among the young people of his community. Thus C.A.R.E.S. was born with the statement of being The Center that Cares.
Since its inception C.A.R.E.S. has provided educational services and cultural activities to children, youth, and young adults year-round.
Through humble beginnings, C.A.R.E.S. has been able to progress from serving a total of 6 students in 2000 to nearly 250+ students year-round, as of 2012. It is through this development that C.A.R.E.S. has been able to impact the lives of more than 1000 families and their children.
As The Center that Cares grew into a mainstay of the Hill District community it became apparent that a targeted program would need to be developed in hopes of maximizing the effectiveness of C.A.R.E.S. to its community’s young people. With the assistance of the C.A.R.E.S. professional staff members a plan was devised with the intention of meeting the needs of each individual child at their current developmental level. As a result, a three tier program (found under Track Program) was conceptualized and enacted to make sure that each child received adequate attention during their time at The Center that Cares.
By establishing relationships with other local programs and organizations (found under Programs/Partnerships) C.A.R.E.S. has been able to supply their students with cultural and recreational activities within the program and around the city of Pittsburgh. It is through these partnerships that C.A.R.E.S. plans to expand into new territory, which includes the newly started 21st Century Grant project: Zone and the future site of the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center.
Entering into our 14th year of dedicated service to the youth of the Hill District community C.A.R.E.S. plans to continue providing the best care available to their students. With plans of expanding into a new building within the 2013 year and a desire to expand its reach C.A.R.E.S. is focused on the future of not only the program, but its students as well.