Emerson Park Development Corporation

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Executive Director: Vickie Kimmel Forby
Email: vickie2112@yahoo.com
Phone: (618) 874-1671
Address: 1798 Summit Ave., East St. Louis, IL 62205
Website: http://www.emersonpark.org

The mission of Emerson Park Development Corporation (EPDC) is to assist the residents of the Emerson Park neighborhood and surrounding areas in achieving their full human potential by offering high quality programs in three areas: housing and economic development, education and job training, and community advocacy. EPDC seeks to tackle unemployment, environmental degradation, and general safety and aesthetic concerns by:

  • Rehabbing housing.
  • Constructing new buildings.
  • Returning needed neighborhood services.
  • Working with Metro to realign the Eastern route of MetroLink to spur housing, economic, and community development.
  • Amplifying the voice of residents to ensure that they are heard by politicians and funders.
  • Providing training to neighborhood residents to develop them into neighborhood leaders.
  • Running the YouthBuild St. Clair County program.
  • Creating jobs and providing opportunities for the underserved and unemployed in East St. Louis through its weatherization program, which trains youth over the age of 18 to earn their Builders Professional Institute (BPI) Certification for weatherization. Participants provide weatherization services to local seniors and veterans.
  • Providing youth ages 14 to 24 with paid work experience, career education, and job readiness skills through Youth Employment Services (YES!).
  • Partnering with New Life Community Church in East St. Louis to provide a mentorship program for area teens.