Beloved Community Center (BCC) provides capacity building assistance (CBA) and technical assistance (TA) to nonprofits organizations. Our capacity building assistance menu of services includes funding research and grant writing. Our TA menu includes grant writing workshops and workforce development support such as “soft skills” training. Our primary CBA and TA clients include community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve low-income, urban communities.
For the past two (2) years, BCC’s capacity building and technical assistance work has focused primarily on grant projects that move beyond adapting interventions for Black Trans Women by working with independent, exclusively Black Trans Women, local agencies.
Additionally, BCC has secured municipal grants for CBOs that focus on gainful employment within growing industries for justice-involved individuals who reside in low-income neighborhoods like the Regional Black Contractors Association’s re-entry initiative. BCC also focuses on work with CBOs that promote awareness and provide culturally specific, sexual assault (SA) services for low-income, Black women.
In our work with clients whose target populations are: Black Trans Women, justice-involved individuals, and/or sexual assault victims, BCC also continually seeks out more clients who either match OR surpass our own dedication to dismantling Transphobia, prejudicial systems, and societal silencing that condone violence against Black Trans or other women as well as structural factors that hinder the complete reintegration of ex-offenders such as racial injustice, generational poverty, and adults whose recidivism result from adverse childhood experiences, i.e. ACES.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCC has assisted Black business owners with submitting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan applications at no charge.
Rev. Dr. LaTrese Adkins is a licensed and ordained evangelist, educator, author, multi-million dollar grant writer, and advocate for Black Trans Women, justice-involved individuals, and/or sexual assault victims. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Black History and a M.A. in American History from Michigan State University in addition to a B.A. in Africana Studies and History from Wellesley College. Her research has been published in The Journal of African American Studies, The Journal of Minority Issues and Economic Development and has several entries in The Africa and the Americas Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia. For more than 22 years, Dr. Adkins has taught in higher education as a community college history instructor. She is also the author of 'Rape & Romance' and a one-of-a-kind, comic strip/activity book entitled 'Jesus is Calling!' which teaches Black children how to hear from God for themselves.
LaTrese Adkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Adkins also writes educational literature for Christian churches. Her Christian education literature includes Vacation Bible School curricula and teachers' guides. She also provides, upon request, marketing plans based on geographic location, SES and other demographic data via her subcontractors and long-standing partnerships with an online/digital marketing expert as well as graphic artist/author.