David Raines Community Health Centers1625 David Raines Rd, Shreveport, LA 71107
About Us Mr. David Herndon Raines was born in Dexter, Arkansas in 1860. He became a successful and prosperous farmer in Pine Island, LA. He move to 1419 Peabody Street in Shreveport was noted as a businessman, Community builder, and philanthropist and by 1936 was worth more than a million dollars from oil holdings and properties owned. Mr. Raines was a Christian and responsible for the construction of the First Negro Church in the Herndon Community. He was also concerned about the plight of black youth and the elderly. He made large contributions to Wiley College and the Home for Elderly Negroes in Dexter, Arkansas. His most outstanding contribution was to help boys who had been labeled juvenile delinquents. He realized that boys should not be housed with adult criminals and gave 22 acres of land for the sole purpose of providing facilities and enough space to help troubled boys become better citizens. The land in North Shreveport formerly known as The Cooper Road Community now known as Martin Luther King Jr. Community. The Home for Boys was built and kept in operation until the Caddo Parish Detention Home was erected. In 1963 the land was leased to the David Raines Association to build a recreation center. In 1970-71 the Policy Jury accepted the responsibility of building and equipping a modern recreation community center complex to serve the people of the area. Today this site houses David Raines Community Center houses DRCHC Headquarters, medical & dental clinics, North Shreveport Caddo Community Action Agency, Headstart Program, Fitness Center, and a park. David Raines died in 1945. History David Raines Community Health Centers doors opened in 1971 as the Cooper Road Medical Clinic, a satellite of Louisiana State University Medical Center (LSU). Medical care was provided for the underserved, low income, and uninsured families. In 1992 DRCHC an independent, community owned, non-profit, Joint Commission Accredited (JCAHO), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing quality, affordable, primary and preventive services to all regardless of race, national origin or ability to pay. We operate four centers located in areas where care is needed. We are also a partner in North Star Health Systems-community health centers working together to improve health care in North Louisiana.