About Us

In 1991, the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation established Wilson Commencement Park (WCP) to help low-income, single-parent families transition from public assistance to financial independence and personal self-sufficiency. WCP is a self-contained “community” where residents can live for 24 to 36 month in attractive and affordable housing and receive comprehensive care management, educational and life skills support, career-development assistance, and eventual placement in “next step” permanent housing.

We also have a nationally accredited Early Learning Center (ELC) on-site where our residents and families from the Greater Rochester area can bring their children. Our ELC can accommodate up to 150 children and is staffed by a team of dedicated professionals who are trained in early childhood education. The ELC provides a safe, enriching, and well-rounded learning experience for our children.

We are committed to nurturing and supporting our families’ potential through holistic and integrated programs that include:

Independent Housing consisting of 50 individual town homes and 18 handicapped-accessible apartments with up to three bedrooms in each unit. Residents are expected to maintain their homes by keeping them clean, paying for rent and utilities, respecting the privacy of their neighbors, and contributing to the sense of community that WCP fosters.

Early Learning Center, an on-site facility that provides child care for children between the ages of six weeks to five years, a Universal Pre-Kindergarten and accelerated learning curricula, an enriching summer camp experience, and the Telemedicine program, which interfaces with area healthcare providers to offer immediate diagnosis and treatment of common childhood illnesses so that parents can stay at work if their child is ill. The Telemedicine program also includes routine dental examinations.

Family Support Services which provides comprehensive case management, vocational assessment and training, life skills classes, child-enrichment activities and support for youth, mentoring, and resident-initiated leadership opportunities.

In accepting applicants to our two-year program, we ask only one thing of them: Are you ready to commit to changing your life and supporting yourself and your children? When they answer yes, we forge a nurturing and supportive partnership that enables our families to achieve their personal goals and realize their fullest potential.

WCP is committed to developing successful families and we work as a team to help change lives for the families we serve.