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Hawthorn Heights home now locally owned

Hawthorn Heights home now locally owned

Hawthorn Heights WNC, a nonprofit founded in Bryson City, announced it has purchased its current facility from Children’s Hope Alliance.


“Hawthorn Heights was initially established in 1976 through a grassroots movement of local citizens who understood the necessity of having a safe, nurturing home for children when they had nowhere else to turn,” said Executive Director Kara Long. “Regaining local ownership of the home and safeguarding its future has been a key focus since we reopened the program in 2021.” 

Purchase of the nine-bedroom Swain County home was made possible through substantial grant awards received from Dogwood Health Trust, as well as the Evergreen Foundation.  

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the children of this community who are experiencing difficult transitions in their lives,” said Ralph Murphy, Hawthorn Heights WNC board chairman. “We will continue to provide quality care to youth in need, and we look forward to expanding our services in order to strengthen the continuum of care in western North Carolina.”  

Anyone seeking additional information about Hawthorn Heights, or anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible donation, can visit or call 828.488.6512.

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