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Frequently Asked Questions

 What has happened?

  • Drexel University has purchased the West Philadelphia Community Center (WPCC).
  • The WPCC is a two-story, 37,000-square-foot facility at 3512 Haverford Avenue.


Why has this happened?

  • Caring People Alliance (CPA) owned and operated the space but will be relocating to another facility with the goal of being closer to the families they serve.
  • There was interest in the property from student housing developers.
  • Drexel decided to purchase the site to expand the programming offered to, and created in collaboration with, the community as an extension of the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.
  • Drexel understands that WPCC has been a community resource for many years and wants to ensure it remains one for years to come.


Who is involved?

  • Dana and David Dornsife:The purchase of the WPCC was made possible with the support of a generous gift from Dana and David Dornsife, who are also the benefactors of Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Dornsife School of Public Health, and Dornsife Office of Experiential Learning in Drexel’s LeBow College of Business.
  • Caring People Alliance:CPA has offered childcare and Boys and Girls Clubs after school and summer programs, as well as other community programming and events, at the WPCC since 1986. CPA will be relocating to another facility with the goal of being closer to the families they serve. 
  • Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships: The Dornsife Center’s mission is to bring Drexel’s academic and administrative expertise into the neighborhood, and to engage faculty and students with community residents to address matters of shared importance. The Dornsife Center offers space for community conversations and programs for children, seniors, families, and adults.