Hawthorne Youth and Community Center is a grassroots, non-profit that has been responsive to community needs for over forty years. The center, the brainchild of a small group of concerned community youth and adults, began in a converted coal cellar in 1967. Three years later operations moved to a larger Roxbury facility at 9 Fulda Street, a building on an Archdiocese owned complex. In 1984, through community support and fundraising, a ten-year old dream was realized that allowed us to secure the property deed. Since its inception Hawthorne has provided quality educational, cultural and recreational programming for youth and adults as well as a forum where residents come together to improve the quality of neighborhood life. Hawthorne supports and celebrates the rich diversity of Roxbury’s Highland Park.