When the Mission was given the 60-acre Weald Bethel site in 1965, we built a simple wooden building with an airy, open floor plan looking out over the woods. Now, the Community Center is growing.
For years, the building served as a one-room dormitory for housing visiting school groups and volunteers, a chapel, community meeting space, and a Christmas “shop” (no money required). Now a capital campaign is underway to finance the construction of an addition that will house a commercial-grade community kitchen, a community room/classroom that will double as additional dormitory space, and an office/guest bedroom. New, larger bathrooms for visiting groups have already been built as well as an interior stairway and handicapped-accessible facilities.
Soon, the Weald Bethel Community Center will house the Downeast Table of Plenty, Joan’s coffee house, and other Downeast Campus programs that have outgrown their current spaces, in addition to offering commercial cooking facilities to local gardeners and more space for school groups and our hundreds of housing volunteers.