To Glorify God through providing an outreach program for all children
in which they are intellectually, spiritually, and socially nurtured.
The Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids (DOCK) is a drop-in community center in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood of Melbourne, Florida that serves children aged 5-18 after school and during the summer. Up to 50 children a day find a structured, nurturing environment where they can get a healthy snack, receive help with their homework, play outside in a big shaded yard, learn music, do arts and crafts, and socialize with their friends. Positive choices affecting health, behavior, and attitudes are modeled by caring staff and volunteers.
The goal at The DOCK is to enable children to compete more effectively with their peers today and provide them with critical skills and knowledge they need for future success.
In May 2015, the DOCK regularly saw nine teens. Currently, 35 teens attend the DOCK on a regular basis. Teens who attend the DOCK are also mixing with children as young as five years old in a 3500 square foot building that was not designed with the needs of teens in mind because the DOCK was originally a children’s program. It is time to give the teens a space where they can find reprieve from their hectic lives, build relationships with their peers and strong adult role models, and interact in programs that will prepare them for futures as successful and contributing citizens. Learn more about Foundations for our Future, our capital campaign to build a teen center.
The DOCK also serves as a gathering place for the neighborhood. The Golden Agers – a group of seniors – meets twice weekly for a game of bingo, socializing, and a hot lunch. Neighborhood residents make use of the computer lab, and there are community events throughout the year.
There is always something going on at The DOCK. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, from tutoring to landscaping. Please visit our Get Involved page to find out how you can help.