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Campus Redevelopment Project

About the Project

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With a project cost of $18 million dollars, governmental support, foundation grants, and private philanthropy are critical to the success of our Jawonio Transformation Project. We held a public Groundbreaking Ceremony on November 15, 2017 hosted by our Jawonio Ambassador and Honorary Chair of the #JawonioBuilding4Tomorrow Capital Campaign, Janice Huff, Chief Meteorologist, WNBC4-NY.

More than 100 people attended the Groundbreaking event on our 16 acre grounds in New City, NY--including elected officials, community leaders and non-profit executives, who joined with our CEO Jill Warner, along with Jawonio Inc. and Foundation Boards, our consumers, and staff at the historic event.

Phase 1 of the project, the construction of the Summer Education Cabins, has officially been completed, and we celebrated at our Summer Education Cabin Celebration on July, 26th, 2018! The three cabins are for children with special needs who attend our 6 week Summer Education Program, and all cabins are outfitted as a multi-purpose space. The cabins will be used at other times of the year as well, for professional development, trainings, Board retreats, and other meetings. We also announced our public goal of $10,000,000 in philanthropy for the project as well. We are proud to inform you that we have already secured approximately $5,000,000 and climbing, which means we are halfway there.

The first phase of construction began in December, and our three new Cabins are officially complete and being used by campers, consumers, and staff! We are preparing the New City Rotary Path for "Camp Jawonio" (Summer Education Program) followed by the main campus facility construction with a target move-in date of end of 2019 or by Spring of 2020.

Please contact our Chief Development Officer, Diana Hess at for a site visit, to take a look at renderings, and to receive a copy of the case study.

To make a Donation or Pledge to our Capital Campaign, click here.

The Future Jawonio Campus including the newly constructed Summer Education "Camp Jawonio" facilities.

Our Building for Tomorrow project will be the embodiment of our mission in building lives toward independence. Our new campus will allow us to be fully immersed and embedded in the lives of our children adults and their families warmly wrapping all care components around them. In providing our uniquely personalized services we will soon be able to offer quality supports in a manner and location that is welcoming and suitable for everyone throughout the communities we serve.

Letter to Our Neighbors

Dear Neighbor,

Jawonio has been honored to be your neighbor since 1947. Today, we continue to be a vital part of this community, providing special needs services to our most vulnerable friends, family and loved ones. Jawonio is proud to support more than 10,000 children and adults annually. Our services continue to grow but we have outgrown our facilities.

Since the 1970s, we have been working in seven donated trailers that have never been upgraded and are in 80% disrepair. After much consideration, we made the historic decision to transform and beautify the entire 16-acre Jawonio Main Campus, to include the construction of a new building, which will enable us to continue providing the best services possible to our community.

In November of 2017, after 4 years of planning, we broke ground on Jawonio’s "Building for Tomorrow" Project, and announced our Capital Campaign. This past July 2018, we celebrated the completion of three new children’s summer program cabins. We are thrilled to share our exciting next steps.

This October 2018, Phase Two of our Campus Redevelopment began. During the first few months, site prep, utility upgrades and demolition of our old cabins will take place, approximately 100 yards towards the back of our current Main Building. Being a good neighbor also involves good communications. You can expect construction noise and truck traffic during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, on the Little Tor Road and Phillips Hill Road corner. Once finished, however, new landscaping, trees, beautiful gardens, and walking paths will surround our revitalized Jawonio home.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. By the end of next year in 2019, we will celebrate a new and revitalized Jawonio, surrounded by a peaceful and welcoming environment. Most importantly, as a proud part of this dynamic community, we look forward to providing the special needs services that will support our most vulnerable children and adults for years to come.


Jill A. Warner, CEO
Jawonio Inc.

Campus Redevelopment Project Updates from Jawonio CEO, Jill Warner

Project timeline


Phase One Now Complete
November 2017: Groundbreaking
December 2017: Construction began
June 2018: Summer Education Cabins finished, and Phase One officially completed

Phase Two

October 2018: Main Campus Redevelopment construction begins
December 2019: Phase Two will be completed

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For an information session and tour, or to consider a transformation gift for our children, adults, and families with special needs, please contact: Diana Hess, Chief Development Officer:

We are grateful for your consideration in advance.
About us

We provide care for over 10,000 people with special needs each year.

Our mission

Jawonio is a registered 501c3 organization and the premier provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions. 

Jawonio is dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being, and equality of people with disabilities and special needs.