2016 was a remarkable year for Hawthorne Community Center. The capital project was completed during the summer and we moved out of the old Carnegie (Center for Working Families) building back into the main building. The $3.7 million renovation and expansion has allowed us to separate our programs into different areas. Our senior citizens now enjoy the space at the Senior Retreat located on the old Central State Hospital grounds. They have dedicated space that includes exercise, dining and activity space. The Carnegie building is now the Hawthorne Center for Working Families space. All adult programs are housed here and programs/services help individuals and families to become financially stable. The old Hawthorne is now the Hawthorne Youth Center. The space includes two early childhood classrooms, a computer lab, a Pacer game room, craft room, activity room and reading room. The youth center also includes a regulation sized gymnasium with a wood floor and a stage area with new curtains and lighting. The final piece of the project was the addition of almost 10,000 sq. ft. of community space. A large community room, well equipped kitchen and office complex provide opportunities for new and enhanced programming.
Hawthorne is blessed with a plethora of friends that include funders, former participants, local businesses, churches, volunteers, individual and corporate donors. Having served the community for more than 90 years demonstrates the need and value of our work. Serving third and fourth generations of families indicates we have a great reputation for caring and providing high quality programs.