Empowerment Community Development Corporation is a 501(c) organization with focus on Education, Arts, Tourism, Veteran Services, Scholarships, Grants, Youth Mentorship, History Preservation, Community Development, Housing and Economic Empowerment, Small & Minority Owned Businesses
To engage in community development activities that provide
resources to educate, equip & empower individuals, families & communities.
Our targeted population is low to moderate income communities in the East Texas Region.
Stanley Cofer - President
LaRhonda Hamilton - Board
LaToyia Jordan - Board
Clarence Shackelford- Board
Gloria Washington- Board
Empowerment Neighborhood Services(ENDS) Committee
The Empowerment Community was founded in August 2015 by Stanley & Christie Cofer. Stanley & Christie were pastoring a church in Tyler, TX. and he states that he felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to come from behind the pulpit and the four walls of the church setting to engaged the community. He sensed God telling him that through this path he would find more success in effecting the community at large than he would in a church setting. The Empowerment CDC has and is having a great effect in bringing diversity of people together for the common good for all men.
We serve the Northeast Texas geographic location including Tyler, TX.
We focus on serving low to moderate income neighborhoods.
We are involved in a variety of activities including economic development, education, community organizing and real estate development.
We are associated with development of affordable housing.
Community planning & Master Planning for retail and community development
Economic Development: Small Business
Advocacy for local-owned businesses
Leadership & Development
Empowerment Community Development Corporation is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, and members feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias.
1. Our goal is to conduct Community development activities to build stronger and more resilient communities through an ongoing process of identifying and addressing needs, assets, and priority investments. Our activities may support infrastructure, economic development projects, installation of public facilities, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance and many other identified needs.
We will also encourage & motivate community members to come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Our Community development efforts will range from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community.
2. Economic Development – We seek for the development of wealth and the well-being of low to moderate income communities. We will seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes and the tax base. We will also focus on the recruitment of business operations, assisting in the expansion or retention of business operations or assisting in the start-up of new businesses.
3. Affordable Housing – Our goal is to provide affordable housing through tiny/small homes with the price range under $100,000.