Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition is a Christian community development organization founded in 2001. Our mission is to plan, facilitate, and implement solutions for the revitalization of impoverished communities. We have focused our attention on the Booker T. Washington neighborhood in north Melbourne, Florida, the region’s densest area of poverty with a historically high crime rate. We have been a United Way partner agency since 2002 and were selected as FLORIDA TODAY’s Organization of the Year in 2009. Executive Director Lynn Brockwell-Carey was presented the 2015 Harvey L. Riley Bridge Builder Award by the Florida Institute of Technology Alumni Association for her work to bring people of diverse backgrounds together for the betterment of the community.
The Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids (DOCK) was founded in 2004 to provide a safe haven for the children of this crime-ridden and often dangerous part of town known as “The Bottoms.” The current 3500-square-foot facility was built in 2007 with private funding and donated services by community businesses, individuals, and churches. Children aged 5-18 are welcomed into a nurturing, encouraging environment to fulfill the DOCK’s purposek: To Glorify God through providing an outreach program for all children in which they are intellectually, spiritually, and socially nurtured.
Across the street from the DOCK are the Greater Heights Apartments, an affordable housing development for working families and seniors. Once notorious for crime and drugs, the block is now a haven of clean, well-maintained, and colorful apartments, with a dramatically reduced crime rate.
BNDC is now working with the Powell Subdivision Neighborhood Watch, Congregations for Community Action, and the City of Palm Bay to bring the Evans Center to Northeast Palm Bay. The multi-use facility will bring a market, jobs, and health clinic to the neighborhood that borders Southeast Melbourne.
BNDC has a proven track record of working with community organizations and civic leadership. Since its inception, BNDC has maintained a network of partnerships with community and government groups, among them the United Way of Brevard, Community Foundation for Brevard, Melbourne Housing and Community Development, Melbourne Police Department, City of Palm Bay, and the Florida Community Loan Fund.
Key business partners include MH Williams Construction, MEC, Dave Nagrodsky Architects, SE Petro Distributors and many more. These collaborations help us to tap into in-kind as well as monetary donations and allow our dollars to go further to provide more service.
Volunteers come from churches, schools and corporations. Their efforts are vital to the mission of BNDC, as are donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and churches.
BNDC relies on a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants from foundations and corporations, United Way of Brevard, individual and church donations, and special event fundraisers throughout the year. Less than 10% of our funding comes from government sources. The 3500-square-foot DOCK facility was built in 2007 entirely with private funding, including generous in-kind contributions from our construction partners. Minimal fees are charged to parents of DOCK children for the summer program with scholarships available for those who are not able to pay. A significant part of our funding comes from individuals. If you would like to become one of our supporters, just click on the “Just Give” button.