Downtown Center for Community Engagement



The Stonehill College Downtown Center for Community Engagement welcomes classes, student groups, nonprofit and civic partners to utilize this innovative and collaborative downtown space.

Since its founding, Stonehill College has been present in the city of Brockton in a multitude of ways. In order to deepen our commitment to the city and our community partners the College, in partnership with HarborOne Bank, has created the Stonehill Downtown Center for Community Engagement (DCCE). The DCCE intends to be a hub for community development, nonprofit resource sharing, and civic engagement.

Tenants of the DCCE:


Stonehill’s mission compels us to work towards the creation of a more just and compassionate world. The DCCE hosts partners who are actively engaged in this endeavor.  Some of the work that happens downtown is as follows:  

  • Coordination of community garden network that increases food access
  • Coalition building for youth development opportunities 
  • Adult alternative education courses, College Unbound & Clemente. 
  • Programming for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Service learning and cultivation in middle and high school students


The DCCE seeks to create a collaborative environment of innovation and learning. All members of the Stonehill community, faculty, staff, and students, along with our alumni, partners and friends are welcome to use the space for any number of the following:

  • Trainings 
  • Retreats
  • Community Meetings 
  • CBL Classes
  • Programs & Events 
  • Art Displays


Included in the DCCE is our Nonprofit Incubation Space in which small nonprofits are provided with office space and shared resources as they get their new nonprofits off the ground. One-year renewable contracts are provided, as are wireless, copying and printing facilities. We also hold monthly meetings with all the partners to discuss how each might assist the others in building each nonprofit. Our 2017 Incubation Partner Organizations are: 

  • Community Autism Resources
  • Jefferson Awards Foundation
  • SABURA, Inc. 
  • Clemente Courses in the Humanities
  • Brockton's Promise

New applications for Incubation Space partners will be available in June 2017.