Healthy Community Model

Small Town, Big Ideas

The Center’s Healthy Community Model, located in the hamlet of Hurleyville, NY is a comprehensive effort to reimagine what it means to be a fully inclusive and sustainable community. This pedestrian-friendly and vibrant Main Street provides access to a variety of experiences and ways to connect, along with an abundance of creative outlets and learning opportunities.

Throughout the last decade, The Center has developed major partnerships with local government, the Open Space Institute, the State University of New York educational system, as well as a number of individuals and private foundations to transform the economically depressed hamlet of Hurleyville into a viable, fully integrated Main Street that includes new business ventures and job opportunities. Some of its major components include the Hurleyville Performing Arts CentreGallery 222Fiber on Main artisan studios, and a fully-accessible Rail Trail. Other elements include universally-designed residences, retail and service businesses including the Hurleyville General Store, and various eateries including a gastro pub, and a salumeria, La Salumina.

Hurleyville is also home to The Center for Discovery’s Discovery Innovation Green Team (DIG IT) program, which engages teens in a dynamic initiative dedicated to the environment and equity. Teens with and without developmental disabilities work side-by-side, learning from each other while building key skills. Together they undertake environmental service projects that have an immediate and tangible impact on the well-being of our local, national, and global communities today and into the future. This equity-focused mentorship program is unlike any other and serves as a transformative model for inclusion and sustainability.

Accessible to everyone, the Hurleyville model is paving the way for all individuals to lead healthy, sustainable and productive lives. A truly healthy community.

Hurleyville’s Local Businesses

Make a day out of it and visit Hurleyville’s other local shops and restaurants along Main Street. Things-to-do, sights to see, and places to eat for the whole family!