BronxWorks dedicates Community Center to Carolyn McLaughlin

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Friday, November 8, 2013

On November 7th, the BronxWorks Main Community Center changed its name to the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, honoring our recently retired executive director who oversaw its phenomenal growth in her 34 year tenure.

The name change comes just as the building, a focal point for Bronx residents of all ages and backgrounds, embarks on the first phase of a $2.1 million capital improvements campaign to make much-needed repairs and renovations.

Ms. McLaughlin was the guest of honor at the rededication of the Community Center, which included the unveiling a plaque with the building’s new name.  On hand to salute Ms. McLaughlin were some of the dignitaries with whom she has worked closely over the years, including Michele Ovesey, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services, and Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene.

Carolyn McLaughlin (behind and to the left of the plaque) with Interim Executive Director Eileen Torres (right of plaque) and the BronxWorks Board of Directors

Ms. McLaughlin addressed the reception, reminiscing on a career with BronxWorks which she joined just six years after the 1972 founding of what was then called Citizens Advice Bureau.  BronxWorks acquired the Community Center through a merger she oversaw with the Girls Club of New York in 1993.

As the base for BronxWorks’ children, youth, family, and housing programs, the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, which is open weekdays from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, serves 350 to 500 people daily.  First opened in 1926 as a group home for teen mothers, it features a gym, kitchen, computer lab, swimming pool, dining areas, meeting rooms, and classrooms.

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