On Tuesday, October 1, Hackett’s new youth recreational center, the Hackett Hornet’s Nest was all abuzz!
The center, located 206 Williams Street, opened their doors for the first time to students after school. Founders Todd and Renee Johnson and Kevin and Kim Henry have spent countless hours preparing for the big day. They are quick, however, to give credit to those who have helped them get where they are. With the expense of a non-profit start up, with no financial assistance, Kim Henry shared that they have depended greatly on
Generous donations from a Greenwood resident, and a local Hackett business have been welcomed and appreciated. Kim Henry shared that they have filed for their 501c non-profit status, and it is pending approval. Currently, they are absorbing all the costs personally, and welcome any assistance or donations. Costs including rent, insurance, utilities, food and upkeep, all add up and prove that the center is a labor of love for these
In fact, the center is more of a divine calling. Renee Johnson felt the need to open the youth center after the community lost four to suicide. Renee’s friend, Kim Henry, was a mother to one of those young men. Together, with the support of their husbands, have worked tirelessly to fulfill that calling.
The Hornet’s Nest is open from 3:30-9 p.m., and offers a safe, youth-friendly space. It is staffed with two volunteers, who have passed background
The center boasts lots of kid-appealing fun, including arcade
The center’s rules are simple and straightforward. The staff retains the right to ban anyone who does not follow the rules, or is disruptive.
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