Mission & Vision

For nearly a century, the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center has served the children and families of the Western Addition and San Francisco with programs designed to reduce the many disparities that face African-American, immigrant and other low-income communities. Founded in 1919 and incorporated in 1923, the center began as a gathering and organizing place for homecoming African-American soldiers and their families. Many of BTWCSC’s services grew in response to Jim Crow segregation, discrimination in employment, and the uprooting of African-American families through urban renewal. Today,  the center has expanded partnerships to address the needs of the community and to provide programs and services that support a healthy and vibrant community.


The mission of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center is to support and maintain a healthy and vibrant community. We do this through services and programs designed to reduce the many social, economic and educational disparities that challenge the people we serve, primarily low income children and their families. We embrace people of all cultures, providing educational opportunities, recreation and sports, internet and computer training, health care and housing information and advocacy, vocational training, foster care advocacy and support, senior clubs, youth and family programs, after school and summer programs.

Vision, History and Who We Serve

“Booker T.” has been located in the Western Addition since 1919, at our present site since 1952. The Center responds to community needs, first with support services, recreation and job information for returning World War I black soldiers and their families to more recent expansion of programs to include immigrants and to address the needs of emancipated and transition age youth. In 2013 we will break ground on our new state-of-the-art Community Center and Affordable Housing Complex. This will allow us to more fully provide educational, health and social services and programs to youth, families and seniors, as well as supportive housing and wrap around support services for tra