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Our Story

The Hanna Community Center traces its beginnings to the old Lincoln Center, an institution built to serve the welfare and social needs of the black community and other minority groups, where resources are limited. Occupying the Lincoln School in 1923, the Center began as a recreational center for Lafayette's black youth. Our goal is to continue Hanna's commitment and continue its tradition of ensuring that services are provided for all who make up the diverse population of the greater Lafayette Community. 

The Hanna Community Center, Inc. is a non-profit, multi-service agency that provides programs and services for the surrounding community and minority residents of Tippecanoe County. The mission of Hanna Center is to provide and facilitate the development of surrounding neighborhoods, programs, and services which will enhance personal and community resources. 

We thrive with the support and sponsorship from many local businesses, persons, and grants and the continued commitment of our staff and volunteers. 

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Promoting health and wellbeing in our community

Focusing on youth and senior programming, Hanna Center strives to create a safe and healthy space for all in our community! Our mission is to provide quality services, programs, and community interactions for the surrounding neighborhood and beyond. We seek to celebrate traditions throughout the Greater Lafayette area while preserving the culture, heritage and history of African Americans and minority groups within Tippecanoe County. 

Vision & Values

  • Empower individuals and families in our community to achieve their full potential.

  • Create a safe, inclusive, and supportive space for all community members to learn and grow.

  • Foster a sense of belonging and connection among our diverse community members.

  • Partner with local organizations and businesses to provide comprehensive resources and services to our community.

  • Cultivate a culture of curiosity, learning, and personal growth for all members of our community.

  • Equity: We are committed to creating a level playing field for all members of our community, regardless of their socio-economic background, race, or ethnicity.

  • Empathy: We strive to understand and respond to the unique needs and challenges faced by our community members with compassion and sensitivity.

  • Respect: We honor the dignity and worth of all individuals and treat everyone with kindness and respect.

  • Innovation: We are always seeking new and creative solutions to the challenges facing our community, and we are open to trying new approaches and technologies to achieve our vision.

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Our Team

The Hanna Community Center staff members are committed to our mission and values, and they work tirelessly to ensure that our programs and services meet the needs of our community. They are passionate about their work and are always looking for ways to improve and innovate.

Center staff are also available and accessible to communicate with those in need. Whether it's answering questions, providing support, or offering guidance, our staff members are here to help. They understand the importance of building relationships with those we serve, and they work to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that fosters trust and respect.

Hanna staff members are an essential part of our organization, and we are proud of their dedication and commitment to our mission and the community we serve.

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Our Board Members

Having a supportive executive board is essential to the success of any organization, and this is especially true for a community center. A supportive board is one that is actively engaged, invested, and committed to the center's mission and goals. Our board is full of supportive members who will be advocates for the center, promoting its work and impact to the wider community, and providing crucial oversight and accountability to ensure its success.

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