MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Haven Community Center, which has served the Mount Vernon community for several years, will be closing its doors and moving south.
The community center will remain open until April 15, at which point it will relocate to 745 Magenta St. in the Bronx.
“The Haven Community Center remains committed to serving the needs of underserved communities and remain forever committed to that task,” the staff said in a statement. “During the past few years, we have tried diligently to do whatever we believed was in the best interest of the citizenry of Mount Vernon.”
Residents in Mount Vernon were disappointed that Haven would no longer be a part of the community.
“They’ve only been here a few years, but they’ve run a lot of important programs that a lot of us use,” resident Drew Taylor said. “I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people that are unhappy that they won’t be around anymore.”
The organization provided several services to the community. It offered a variety of counseling programs and housing assistance to those in need. It helped to develop small business and provided a series of education programs.
Youth services were also an integral part of what the Haven Community Center provided to the city. It ran an afternoon drop-in program that offered tutoring for students. It also hosted a leadership program in response to the challenges children face in an urban environment.
With the move to the Bronx, the community center will be expanding its programs and will offer a wider range of services.
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