Stone Community Development Corporation and Lurie Children’s Celebrate Groundbreaking for Austin HOPE Center

June 10, 2024

June 10 marks the groundbreaking for the Austin HOPE Center, a three-story, 25,000 square foot facility to be built at 5044 W. Chicago Ave. Anticipated to open in the fall of 2025, the new facility will be a welcoming space for youth and families to seek community-based services and pediatric clinical and behavioral health care. The facility will be owned by Stone Community Development Corporation and includes Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as the anchor tenant.

Austin is among Chicago’s most historically disinvested neighborhoods, with lack of access to physicians, specialists and resources that children and families need to thrive. “As a second-generation Pastor in Austin, I am proud to bring much needed high-quality healthcare and services to our community with this project,” said Contrell Jenkins, CEO of Stone Community Development Corporation. “I am grateful to the Austin community for partnering with us every step of the way as we developed a plan and designed the building to meet their needs.”

At the new facility, Lurie Children’s will offer a range of pediatric clinical services including behavioral health, asthma and lung care, adolescent medicine, substance use treatment, heart disease prevention, weight management and wellness, and treatment for sickle cell disease, kidney disease, and autism. These services will help close gaps in currently existing healthcare services in the area and were carefully selected through extensive community engagement, including with local pediatric providers, and analysis of Lurie Children’s patient data.

In addition to its clinical services, Lurie Children’s will also house evidence-based community health programs focused on food access, violence prevention, and early childhood support for new parents. They will also offer workforce development, research and volunteering opportunities.

The new building will also house Thresholds’ West Side community-based outreach teams. Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois.

“We are excited to start construction on the Austin HOPE Center, and to work closely with Stone CDC and Thresholds to better respond to the needs of Chicago’s West Side families,” says Mary Kate Daly, Senior Vice President and Chief of Community Health Partnerships and Transformation, who leads the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities at Lurie Children’s. “This facility will not only expand access to pediatric healthcare, but also to the services and opportunities that improve overall health and health equity in our communities.”

“From day one, community input has been crucial to our planning and development process. We wanted Austin residents – and particularly the youth in this community - to see themselves and their needs reflected throughout,” shared Daly.

Key project team members, including architects Gregory Ramon Design and TnS Studios as well as construction managers UJAMAA Construction, are local, Black-owned firms. They will be hosting a subcontractor fair and a hiring fair this summer to encourage local participation in the project.

The Austin HOPE Center was named with help from youth from KIPP Elementary school and other youth from the Austin community. HOPE stands for the four pillars the building will work to advance: Healing, Opportunity, Partnerships and Equity.

The Austin HOPE Center is being funded by a combination of philanthropy, new market tax credits and government support.

About Lurie Children’s:

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is a nonprofit organization committed to providing access to exceptional care for every child. It is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Lurie Children’s is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Supported by philanthropy, the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities is the hub for all Lurie Children’s community-focused initiatives.

About Stone CDC:

Stone CDC is affiliated with Lively Stone MB Church, which has been a staple in the community for over forty years. Stone CDC is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and is creating opportunities that address the academic, economic, social-emotional, and spiritual well-being of families through academic enrichment; art appreciation and instruction; health and wellness; and financial literacy and wealth building programming.

About Thresholds:

Established in 1959, Thresholds provides innovative behavioral and primary healthcare to thousands of individuals in each year that promotes empowerment, well-being, and full participation in community life. Through unwavering community-based engagement, support, and advocacy, Thresholds helps people living with mental health and substance use conditions find home, health, and hope. Find out more at www.thresholds.org