When you think of San Bernardino, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Bankrupcy, Poverty, the Orange Show, or San Manuel Casino?
Many may be surprised to learn that as recent as the 1970’s, San Bernardino was thought of as the “All American City,” with a thriving middle class culture built on a multitude of railroad, civilian, and military jobs.
Over the next several decades, our city experienced an economic decline due to the development of freeways which split up a thriving downtown, the closing of Norton Air Force Base, a series of devastating natural disasters, recession, and the relocation of gangs from Los Angeles to San Bernardino.
Although the news has now pegged her as a “troubled and depressed city,” WE SEE SAN BERNARDINO as a sleeping giant, ready to arise and remake a name for herself.
The KC Community Development Corp (KC-CDC) began as the outflow of Sherman Dumas’s first church in San Bernardino called Kingdom Culture Worship Center. As we considered our core values of “OUTREACH” and Bringing the Love of Jesus to the culture around us, we recognized that it was a necessity to make change by connecting with the people we serve on one of the most prevalent issues in our community: socioeconomic conditions.
We hope to eradicate poverty by teaching financial literacy, creating jobs, providing Affordable Housing, and overcoming the feeling of Hopelessness by spreading joy through partnerships that work and through compassionate service.
We love San Bernardino and our vision for her is to Rebuild and Revitalize her residents by providing them with the tools they need to live self-sustained, healthy and secure lives. Our approach to community development is not to focus on San Bernardino’s challenges but to pool together the talents, abilities and strengths of the citizens to create solutions from within instead of looking for outside help to come to the rescue. Together we can form a momentum that Revives the heart of the city to grow healthy families, new businesses and thriving neighborhoods, grounded and safe communities that makes San Bernardino a place for others to visit and enjoy.