Lynn Hawkins has spent most of her life volunteering or being involved in nonprofits. She has been passionate about preventing child abuse all of her life. When she was 21, after studying Community and Family Services at University of Delaware, she moved away from the only home she knew in New Jersey to Texas, where she interned at Casa De Esperanza. At Casa, a home for abused and neglected children, she went from being a child care worker in the houses to being the head houseparent in one of their new developmental therapeutic homes for children. When she returned home to NJ she knew she wanted to open a similar home to help the children here the way Casa De Esperanza helped the children in Texas. It took her a while to make this dream become a reality because she fell in love with a little girl and soon adopted her. Meanwhile, she has worked as a Relief House Manager at the Ronald McDonald House and still works there part time. She also works at a private school in Monmouth County. Now 25 years later with her daughter by her side she has founded Pinwheel Place. Lynn knows first hand the impact that the simple act of showing you care has on children and hopes that Pinwheel Place will be a community of like minded people willing to make a difference in a child's life.