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After 33 years of providing a home for at-risk youth, HomeBridge’s original safe haven needs some care and support of its own in the form of a major renovation.

Hawthorne House first opened its doors in 1979 and has been part of well over a 1,000 young people’s life stories in the years since. The house is more than 100 years old and is the only facility that the HomeBridge owns. The age of the building and the fact that it was built as a “family home” and home office for a doctor and not a residential care facility is becoming increasingly problematic. HomeBridge is gearing up to kick off its largest fundraising initiative to date to support a major renovation to Hawthorne House.

This project will involve adding an 800 square foot addition to the building as well as significant interior renovations. On top of structural changes and additional space, this project will also create a far more therapeutic environment for the young men who call it home. Hawthorne House serves six young men under 18 years of age. These young men come to the HomeBridge Community because they need a safe and supportive place to live while they are unable to live with their family for various reasons.

The current lay out of the house has six residents sharing four bedrooms and only one full bathroom. This can cause a chaotic and stressful environment at times as none of the young men have their own private space to study or be alone with their thoughts. Sharing one shower when they all need to get ready for school in the morning is definitely a challenge as well. The current kitchen is very small and has limited preparation and storage space which makes it very difficult to make meals for the residents and teach basic cooking skills.

Renovating this house is about more than just strengthening a facility; it’s about supporting the at-risk youth who call it home. For this reason the project has been years in the making. We considered moving and building a new facility, but the neighbourhood support is understanding and kind and there is a lot of history contained in the walls of the house. Youth from previous decades still drop by and consider it home.

The cost of this renovation is approximately $275,000 that must be privately fundraised. If you can help with a donation, a tax receipt and a huge amount of gratitude will come your way. If you would like any more information on the Hawthorne House Renovation Project or would like to get involved in any way, please contact Renee Stevens at (902) 466-1439 ext 234 or rstevens@homebridgeyouth.ca