A Message from Booker T. Washington Community Service Center


Booker T. Washington Community Service Center (“BTWCSC”) has been caring for families in San Francisco for over 100 years. Originally established as a USO for African American soldiers during World War I, BTWCSC later became the gathering and organizing place for homecoming African American soldiers and their families. Our extensive history and a strong tradition of providing ongoing support services geared toward promoting the independence and self- sufficiency of families has evolved over the years.

We are the community-based organization that understands the needs of people at risk of homelessness firsthand. In 2017, BTWCSC opened its current 70,000 square foot mixed-use building consisting of a new community center (containing a childcare facility, youth programming space, recording studios, a gymnasium, and community space) and 50 units of service-enriched affordable housing, including 25 homes for youth transitioning from foster care.

For 100 years we have raised generations of community members, including the likes of Johnnie Mathis, Willie L. Brown Jr., and many, many others who have gone on to be phenomenal successes in life. On November 14, 2020 along with Former Mayor Willie Brown Jr., we will be celebrating our 100-year Anniversary with a gala celebration!

In honor of this incredible milestone, the BTWCSC has put together a Host Committee comprised of current and past leaders who represent San Francisco including: Former mayors, Willie Brown Jr., and Art Agnos. Other community leaders that are serving on the host committee are London Breed, Rodney Fong, CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Brenda Wright, Wells Fargo, Farah Makras, Former Senator John Burton, Makras Realty, and Jimi Harris Chief, Community Relations PG&E just to name a few.

This is a celebration, with many opportunities for our partners and sponsors to build a meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship with BTWCSC. Event sponsors have the opportunity to reach thousands of San Franciscan’s including some of the most influential community, civic, and business.

We hope that you will join us for a very special 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration, Saturday, November 14, 2020 here at the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center. Will you support our next 100 years?

The Booker T. Washington Middle School Program

The Booker T. Washington Middle School Program is a warm and nurturing environment for 6th – 8th grade neighborhood youth. The program focuses on project-based learning and enrichment activities; homework assistance, tutoring, cooking, music and art; educational and recreational field trips; personal development coaching; tutoring, computer lab and homework assistance. Community residents serve as volunteers in math, reading and science, bringing special skills such as the arts & craft, and electronics. Click here for After School Success Academy Program Application.

Booker T. Washington Community Service Center Facilities Rental

In 2018, BTWCSC opened its current 70,000 square foot mixed-use building consisting of a new community center (containing a childcare facility, youth programming space, recording studios, a gymnasium, and community space) and 50 units of service-enriched affordable housing, including 24 homes for youth transitioning from foster care. The center’s current portfolio of services and partnerships continue to provide an array of support for an increasingly diverse community of need within the Western Addition. The second century of BTWCSC is on track to be even more dynamic than the first.

Booker T. Washington Senior Wellness Program

Booker T. Washington Senior Wellness Program meets regularly to celebrate birthdays, organize social gatherings and discuss senior related issues. There is also a Booker T. Washington CSC Food Pantry, organized and staffed by our seniors. The pantry provides  produce, bread, dry foods and can goods to families in need.

Chibi Chan Too Preschool

Chibi Chan Too is excited to be a key part of the new BTWCSC, which will include a mixed-use space not only for Chibi Chan Too, but also 50 units of affordable housing, as well as services for youth and adults. The new site will allow Chibi Chan Too to serve an additional 36 children, with one classroom for two to three year-olds, and another for three to five year-olds. 

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