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Washington Street Community Center is “One of Covington’s best kept secrets”. Nestled quietly in the heart of downtown Covington and located just minutes from the downtown square is the Washington Street Community Center. Established in 1996 to address the needs of literacy, crime, high school dropouts, and teen pregnancy, the Center has become a vital program center for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18 year old.
A home away from home it’s called where people treat you like family and all are welcomed.
Today, the Center continues its legacy of providing educational opportunities for all residents of Newton County. It is a learning center that offers programs for persons of all ages.
Most notable is it’s after school tutorial program for students from kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is the brainchild of former retired educator, Louise B. Adams..
Programs offered at the Center are primarily supported solely through the efforts of volunteers that also provide one-on-one mentoring to participants.
The Center has come to be known as “the meeting place” where many partnerships and collaborations are carried out. Many community groups such as the Newton County Recreation Commission, Newton County School System, City of Covington, Newton County Commission, Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, and several other agencies and organizations.
The Center is host to some of the City and County’s most respected municipalities and agencies. The Center serves as a Polling Place, a meeting place for Grandparents raising their grandchildren.
In April 2003, the Newton County Historical Society distinguished the Center as a historical landmark. It was also deemed the recipient to house the Dinah Pace Orphanage grandparents & School plaque also presented by the landmark committee of the Newton County Historical Society that same year.
The Washington Street Community Center is a 501© 3, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to promote projects designed to generate awareness of core problems affecting its community. It is led by a Board of Directors, Center Director, part-time staff and volunteers.
Washington Street Community Center is funded by an annual Fund Development Campaign, United Way, Newton County Board of Commissioners, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, and a host of many businesses and corporations in our Newton County community.