On April 6th, WCHFH’s Community Outreach Director, Jason Norment, welcomed a large, enthusiastic crowd gathered to celebrate the long-anticipated Grand Opening of the Community Center in downtown Washington. Speakers included WCHFH Board President, Donna Detrick, who gave us a history lesson of the building, including vintage maps and photos. Board Vice President, Kathy Halpin told us about the building’s more recent uses, with Chris Motzenbecker Construction Supervisor thanking everyone for their hard work and commitment to the vision.
No event would be complete without a rousing, inspirational message from WCHFH’s Executive Director Ben Eskow. He gazed out over the group, saying “just taking you all in. .. we’re looking at this as a lighthouse and as a beacon of hope.” He reminded them of the Community Center’s goal: “to provide a place of purpose where the community gathers together to learn, grow and thrive.” Special speakers praised the project’s outcome and complimented the super team. Speakers included Ethel Conry, Deputy Mayor of Washington Borough; Bob Adams, President Hackettstown & Newton Medi-cal Centers and Senior Vice President at Atlantic Health System, and Shari Leone, Community Development Liaison for Visions Federal Credit Union. Also present in the audience was Todd Fox, Habitat for Humanity International Consultant.After Okaysions Katering’s tasty lunch, many people lingered to socialize, share inspiration and ideas, and just enjoyed spending time together in the beautiful venue. Tours were conducted for anyone interested in viewing the building’s several spaces available for rent.
The team at Warren County Habitat for Humanity is overwhelmed by the level of support received from so many people and places. Thanks to all for joining in this journey! If your group would like more information on renting space in the Community Center, see the Community Center page at warrenhabitat.org/cc, call us at 908-835-1300, or email [email protected].
View WFMZ coverage of the Grand Opening