WHO WE ARE
Reeds’ Refuge Center is a community-focused non-profit organization committed to the holistic development and well-being of the children and financially afflicted families of the inner city of Delaware. Reeds’ Refuge Center (RRC) serves as a safe haven from violence, drugs, guns and idle minds by helping youth to discover their creative potential. We provide youth with an outlet to express themselves and seek inspiration in the arts. Daily, we provide nearly 100 youth with a safe-haven to protect them from their local inner city communities.
At Reeds Refuge Center, children and adults are offered the opportunity to express themselves and seek refuge around arts. Through our programs and caring staff, we offer our youth hope, motivation, and courage to live for something above and beyond the lure of a life of crime or dependency.
Reeds’ Refuge Center is dedicated to fostering productive life enrichment skills allow to express their creative & artistic abilities. Since opening in 2012, RRC has provided quality after school programming to nearly 1,000 youth annually. Our State of Art Programming provides a wide range of learning and performance opportunities that supports self-discovery, self-discipline, and self-expression. We focus on developing each student’s personal and artistic growth through activities that encourage learning, teamwork, and personal growth. RRC staff exposes our youth to the many facets of music, art, and creativity.
THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 JEFFERSON AWARDS
THE COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD
First Grantee from the BeLikeFrank Foundation
In Gratitude for Your Loyal Service to the Citizens of Wilmington 2016
Media arts training is about more than teaching someone to use a UCE audio, or how to navigate Photoshop. Multimedia is where our youth learn about photography, how to set up a backdrop and lighting for a photoshoot and photo editing. RRC, also provides video production for our youth that is involved in the Multimedia program. Our instructors teach video treatment writing, how to properly utilize a DSLR camera, lenses and equipment; and post-production editing, color correcting, and basic animation.
Cooking without a stove
Culinary education is one of the most effective strategies we can use to combat childhood obesity and safety. We create hands-on activities such as cooking without a stove. Hands-on food education is a powerful way to demonstrate safety while preparing meals. We take pride in teaching children basic cooking skills like proper knife usage, mixing and blending seasonings, how to take raw ingredients to make a tasty balanced meals using a microwave. Enabling children to cook for themselves without using fire to cook. Kids learn much more than just cooking; they learn science, language, mathematics, budgeting, reading scale, and many other fine motor skills to ensure the youth’s success.
Another vital part of our Multimedia training is Musical Engineering. This is where our youth find much of their interest and excitement with recording vocals, vocal mixing, and using industry standard equipment and programs such as ProTools HD, Machine Studio, and more. Media & arts training is about helping our youth build critical thinking skills, then allowing them to use those skills to express themselves in meaningful ways through the visual and musical arts.
Piano and Drum Instruction
At RRC, we believe that music development should be fun and informative. We transform music and music lessons into a social experience, adding a strong group incentive to playing, learning, and practicing. We have found that maximum progress is achieved through a blend of individual instruction and playing with one’s peers in bands and small groups.
Our aspiring designers will learn skills that are vital to understanding design, pattern making, marketing, and much more. RRC instructors will be teaching actual industry quality skills that are used for a career in fashion design. The classes will be filled with many techniques incorporated into fun and exciting projects. Some of the techniques include illustration, draping, pattern making, and sewing of the garments. Our youth will also learn about the different consumer markets and spotting trends with some field trips to various department stores and getting to know types of material while shopping in fabric stores.
RRC offers a variety of children’s dance lessons for kids and preschoolers. In addition to our children’s dance lessons, we also provide a unique outreach program to daycare centers with courses in fitness, tap, and ballet. Involving dance and the arts as part of your child’s experience is as important as scholarly pursuits. Dance is an important part of your child’s growth, creative expression and self-esteem. Through dancing, children learn things like who they are and how to interact with others. These elements are taught through dance in creative and unique ways, and this allows children to feel, move and think simultaneously.
“BPG is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the music video premier party of Believe at World Café Live at the Queen November 22nd from 6:30-9 PM. The music video is collaboration between Reeds Refuge Center and The Imagination Players. Over 105 local youth and 10 local artists of varying race and socioeconomic backgrounds collaborated on the video sharing a positive, anti-violence message demonstrating that all can live together in harmony.”
I have to take a moment to recognize and give Thanks to two of the most AMAZING, caring, loving, giving, strong, God serving people with such a powerful vision for the youth in our community!
Mr. Frederick and Mrs. Cora Reed are such strong pillars in the Wilmington community. Spending countless hours meeting the needs of ALL they come in contact with! Whether it’s taking care of the children in the community like they were their own while parents work long hours. Teaching our babies morals and how to pray at a young age! Or maybe the countless job opportunities Reeds have provided our youth teaching them responsibility and hard working work ethic. Or the meal, safe warm or cool place to enjoy the arts without fear of harm or judgement that the Reeds have provided for so many of our Wilmington families. I honestly could go on for days about the Reeds and all the Reeds Refuge Center has done or will do for my family along as well as so many other families and children in the community, but I’d rather you see for yourself! Go check them out at 1601 Jessup St in Wilmington, De. I guarantee you’ll feel the warmth and pure love your entire visit!
Words will NEVER be able to truly express my gratitude for everything, but THANK YOU REEDS’ REFUGE CENTER!
The Smallwood Family
Wildfire Kingdom Church is excited to partner with Reeds Refuge Center as we make a holistic effort to impact our community together through outreach and community service.