In 1929, a group of black ministers founded the Cambridge Community Center. In the 89 years since, the Center has initiated many Riverside firsts, including the establishment of the first nursery school and the first varsity basketball games open to African Americans. In subsequent decades, the Center has hosted HeadStart Program classrooms, the Riverside Health Care Facility, and a wide variety of community, political, and social events. Today, our mission is to promote community cooperation and unity and empower youth, individuals, and families.
The Center has been a frontline resource for youth and families in Riverside since its inception. Hundreds of individuals use our facilities throughout the year whether they use our services, rent our space for events, or are enrolled in our programs. Many of the staff and children in our programs come from families that have been involved with the Center for four or even five generations, enriching our Center with a strong sense of history, family, and community.