Jawonio Completes $20 Million Renovation
Jawonio has completed a $20 million renovation of its campus in New City. The project involved relocating Jawonio's summer education facility and constructing a new 70,000-square-foot facility which will be used for corporate offices and a new Workforce Training Center.
Jawonio is a registered 501C3 organization organized in 1947 as the Cerebral Palsy Society of Rockland County, providing outpatient treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions.
Phase one of the project - the construction of the Summer Education Cabins - was completed in July 2018. The three cabins are for children with special needs who attend a six-week summer education program. Phase two of the project, the 70,000 sq foot facility, was completed in October 2020, and the exterior landscaping was finished this month.
As an outcome of the $20 million renovations, Jawonio has committed to creating 230 new jobs and retaining nearly 700 full-time positions. $3.3 million in funding came from Empire State Development capital grants, recommended by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.
"For decades, Jawonio has provided important services in the Mid-Hudson region that have created pathways to success for individuals who are now able to fully participate in the job market," Governor Hochul says. "This new campus expands on that success and will provide a streamlined continuum of services and training from childhood to adulthood that will not only prepare qualified workers for jobs in the region, but it will also give them the ability to overcome barriers and thrive."
"I'm thrilled to see the completion of Jawonio's $20 million transformation, just in time to celebrate its 75th anniversary," says Assemblyman Mike Lawler. "Jawonio is a fantastic organization that, along with other nonprofits, provides incredible services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families from Rockland and all across the region. Working together, I'm proud of the increased investment we have made in this year's budget to support the I/DD community and those who work tirelessly to provide the critical services and care to our most vulnerable population."
"This is incredible news for Jawonio," Rockland County Executive Ed Day says, "an organization always going above and beyond for people with disabilities. I hope this new facility enables Jawonio to continue leaving an indelible mark on our community."