In 1995, Historic First Presbyterian Church and its congregation responded to the call of the neighborhood in creating Downtown Urban Community Kids, a separate and independent 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.
The neighborhood needed a safe place for kids after-school. The first DUCK students lived in the Matthew Hinson Housing Complex at 7th Avenue and Buckeye.
In 2008, DUCK was forced to find a new location at Betania Presbyterian Church at 39th Ave and Thomas. This location was an ideal fit for our program, strategically located to help us better serve kids and their families. It was exciting to be in the neighborhood with the families we served. Our staff and our Board of Directors continued to follow God’s call to create a place where “inner city kids can have the hope, confidence, and opportunities to reach their God-given potential” (DUCK vision statement, 2010) In 2010, DUCK was chosen to the nonprofit operator at Smith Park, a public-private partnership with City of Phoenix. Today DUCK is celebrating twenty-two years of working with inner-city kids and their families.
Many faithful individuals have kept the faith and vision of the original founders. We feel as though we have come full circle with our focus being on the neighborhood and to each day live into our vision statement “transforming neighborhoods through learning, living and loving one kid at a time.”
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