Nepperhan Community Center (NCC) was founded by a group of concerned neighbors in the Nepperhan section of Yonkers (now Ru nyon Heights) in the late 1930's. This group wanted a meeting place that could also accommodate recreational ac tivities and classes for the youth. They identified a community room at 13 Monroe Street as the original location. Some of the early Directors included Rosa Kittrell, and Doris Moore as acting Director, until Juanita Temple was officially named Director. NCC also became ho me to a Drum and Bugle Corps, which during those years was led by George Perenchief.
In 1942, NCC became officially incorporated, and with the help of United Way, purchased a building at 117 Palisades Avenue. The activities offered at this location expanded to include cooking, basketball, sewing and occasional social dances. Scholarships were also offered to deserving students for upstate campsites. Through the years, the programs and services offered by NCC increased by more than
twenty-fold. Even though the demand for services was increasing, NCC was still functioning on a part-time basis. Eventually, the City of Yonkers condemned the building and NCC was forced to move into Community Baptist Church.
In the late 1960s, NCC relocated to 302 Warburton Avenue, where it undertook new programming, along with Yonkers YCAP, in the field of education, tutoring, remedial reading and math. NCC also started its first parental involvement program.
NCC initiated a Black Studies and Cultural Enrichment program, which for the first time, enabled many youth in the community the experience of going to black theater, plays, and seeing ballets. Today, NCC still carries on that tradition, in addition to presenting our own theatrical productions.
During this time, NCC became aware of the many social ills that were affecting our community in the areas of employment, housing, education, high youth crime, etc. NCC addressed these issues by setting up an Ex-Offender Program and a few years later a Youthful Offender program, with built-in help that offered assistance with employment, housing, life coping skills and education. Other programs included: welfare rights, veterans services, pre-trial intervention, drug programs, social and recreational programs.
NCC has grown from a part-time social agency, serving a few people yearly, to now providing direct services, referral and supportive services on a full-time basis. The addition of these capabilities has enabled NCC to assist thousands of children and their families. As result of this tremendous growth, help is needed in terms of financial support and volunteer services. NCC is located in an area of Yonkers characterized by many of the problems confronting most contemporary urban communities, such as low educational standards, drug abuse, unemployment, crime and apathy. Due to the widespread occurrence of these common urban ills, NCC does not limit its programs to residents of the immediate neighborhood. On the contrary, all segments of NCC’s programs are administered on a city-wide "first come, first serve" need basis. Racial, ethnic or geographical backgrounds play no part in the dissemination of services provided by NCC.