By Roger McKinney
Children’s Haven has received a $15,000 grant from the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund to help strengthen area families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Children’s Haven, with a location at 701 S. Picher Ave., provides a temporary shelter to children while parents are connected to community resources to resolve a family crisis. A nonprofit charity, it has provided crisis care at no cost and with no income requirement for 10 years.
Stephanie Theis, Children’s Haven executive director, said the Children’s Trust Fund grant will be useful in assisting with crisis care and continued operations at the center.
“We’re thrilled to be able to support these families,” Theis said.
“Investing early and often in children and families is paramount to healthier outcomes both now and in the generations to come,” Kirk Schreiber, CTF executive director, said in a news release announcing the grant. “Prevention is a key component for good health, mental health, educational and economic prosperity that ultimately affects everyone.”
Children’s Haven is working toward a fall opening of a new house, which is being built just south of the current house. It will increase the operation’s capacity from 12 beds to 24 beds. The project has a $1.5 million price tag. Leggett & Platt Inc., Carthage, contributed $150,000 last year toward the project.
“The need has been so great for our services that we just need the additional space,” Theis said.
Children’s Trust Fund is Missouri’s nonprofit foundation of child-abuse and neglect prevention. It accomplishes that through grants and education and awareness.