Empowered Youth, Empowered Community.

We at Vance Community Partners, Inc. (VCP) are very excited that our founder, Oscar Vance, Jr. had the vision to help bridge the gaps among adult, youth and our partner organizations in the community.

VCP programs will serve to nurture the trust confidence, communication, continued education and mentoring of our youth and elderly while enhancing the partnership of community with our brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement.

Per our mission statement we are “committed, positioned and prepared to empower our young individuals to become confident, respected and contributing members of our society.”

Vance Community Partners, Inc. is locating their services, training center and meeting rooms at their newly renovated building located at 214 Cherry Street, Norristown.

Photo by Gene Walsh / Times Herald Staff

Oscar P. Vance, Jr., Founder of Vance Community Partners.

It’s been Oscar’s vision for years to Empower Youth and Empower Community. Through his forty-eight years of continual public service, he has seen the gaps and potential of programs and resource availability that can change lives and attitudes within our community. Vance Community Partners, Inc. is prepared to match their experience with need and replace low expectations with excellence.

Oscar has served as Chief County Detective Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; Chief County Detective; Chief County Detective of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, appointed as Chief in 1982; served in the District Attorney’s Office since 1964 and held the positions of investigator, detective, and deputy chief. He has received recognition for working undercover narcotics investigations, numerous homicide and fraud investigations.

In 1972, he served as the first investigator for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; enforcing the canons of ethics involving judges and lawyers within the Commonwealth.

He previously supervised the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Detective Bureau staff of fifty-two employees, responsible for investigating and preparing criminal cases for prosecution and formulating policy concerning the operation of the District Attorney’s Detective Bureau.

Prior to serving with Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, he served in the United States Marine Corps, (1959 to 1963) as a military police officer, gunner 81 mm mortars and held the rank of Sergeant E5. He is presently a member of the VFW.

Vance acquired his Associate Degree from Montgomery County Community College in Police Science, his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from LaSalle University, and his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Administration from West Chester University. He attended St. Joseph’s University Department of Business Administration management seminars. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Law Enforcement Hypnosis Institute, Los Angeles, California. He is also certified by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Minor Judiciary Education Board for District Justice.

Vance is Chairman of the Executive Board of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Montgomery County, Advisor to the Board of the County and State Detectives’ Association of Pennsylvania, Chairman of Montgomery County Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Executive Director of the International Forensic Hypnosis Association, President of the International Police Association, Region #13 Pennsylvania, member of Delaware Valley Professional Police Officials, Southeastern Police Chief’s Association, International Chiefs of Police Association, F.O.P. Lodge #14, Montgomery County, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Montgomery County Black Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, and Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators’ Association.

He is on the Board of Trustees for Abington Memorial Hospital, board member for Citizens and Police Together, Abington Township; board member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency Advisory Board, and board member of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He serves on the board of the Optimist Club and is also a member of the Abington Township Town Watch.


  • Oscar P. Vance, Jr., Founder
  • Sherman Nowlin, Chief Executive Officer
  • Berchard Suber, Seminars and Training
  • Doris Matthews, Office Administration
  • Jill Adelman, Manager

Board of Directors

  • Kal Rudman, Honorary Chairman
  • Garfield Jackson, Executive Director,  Big Brothers
  • Beth Sturman, Laurel House, Executive Director
  • Tina Reynolds, LSW,  Laurel House
  • Rabbi Lawrence R. Sernovitz, Old York Road Temple Beth Am
  • Anthony Goerss, Citizens Bank, Norristown
  • Willie Richet, Deputy Chief of Police Norristown
  • Hank Cisco, TV/Web Cast Personality
  • M. Johnson,  Retired Philadelphia Police Commissioner
  • James J. Binns, Esquire
  • Moon Y Ahn, Esquire

Advisor to the Board
Esther Ponnocks

Affiliate Partners

  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • C.A.P.T. Program – Citizen and Police Together
  • County Detectives Association
  • IPA- International Police Association
  • Laurel House
  • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
  • Montgomery County Big Brothers
  • NATW- National Association for Town Watch
  • Norristown Police
  • Optimist Club – Valley Forge and Lower Montco
  • PAL – Abington
  • PAL – Norristown
  • Philadelphia Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen ~ Red Tail Squadron
  • The Montgomery County African American Alliance

Community Meeting Space

Vance Community Partners, Inc. is proud to be located in the heart of Montgomery County. The purchase of The Vance Center, located at 214 Cherry Street, Norristown, PA, was made with the desire to provide a secure and welcoming environment for our organization, non-profit organization affiliates and community. We are pleased to provide an outreach opportunity to share our educational, technical and mentoring and programs. Our 2,500 square foot facility will be a advantageous environment for meetings, training, workshops, offices, and study rooms.

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