Al Quds Community Action Center (Champion of Rights in the Old City)Take a right turn from El Wad Street in the heart of the Old City onto the historic Al Khanda Suq and you will walk into the glass “storefront” of the Al Quds Community Center. High stone arches divide this historic building into a multi-arcade space resonant of the many purposes it serves. The building itself began in the 12th century as a Crusader church.
A few centuries later,it was converted into a blacksmith workshop until it was finally renovated by the Welfare Association into the currently known Community Action Center/Al-Quds University. The building is originally a St.Julian Church which is over 800 years old, renovated by Al-Quds University in cooperation with the Welfare Association. The CAC, a university-linked and professionally staffed community based organization, aims to empower the disadvantaged of East Jerusalem to access their rights and entitlements and negotiate the complex bureaucratic procedures that control the flow of these rights. This mandate translates into empowering local residents to organize to solve collective problems with particular attention to social and economic inequality, and to mobilize their own volunteer capacity. Since the establishment of the center till its tenth consecutive year of service, the center has served over 264,516 beneficiaries.