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The Alliance Of Southwest Missouri Expands into New Downtown Joplin Home


A Nonprofit in Southwest Missouri gets a new home in central Joplin. The Alliance of Southwest Missouri celebrates their new home in the Gryphon building with a ribbon cutting and open house. 

Mikalah Johnson has been a client of the Southwest Alliance of Missouri since her first pregnancy three years ago. She says the Nonprofit's parenting classes taught her a lot about being a first time single mom. 

"Like little games and puzzles to see how they are developmentally, and that helps you know where you need to work more with your children, it's just really nice," Johnson said.

According to it's Executive Director Kari Clements, the Alliance helps an average of 60,000 individuals across three Southwest Missouri Counties with issues from substance abuse, child abuse to family wellness.

In just the last three years the Nonprofit's Joplin office has grown from six employees to 16.

"We really needed more space, we have had enough growth in our programs, that we really needed room to not only house our staff, but to have a better area to serve our clients," said Clements.
Clements added that thanks to the owner of the Gryphon building on Joplin's South Main Street the Alliance has exactly that. Not only is the owner allowing the Non-profit to pay the same rent as they did at their other location on 32nd street, but the extra 2,000 square feet is more than enough for the Alliance to grow into. 

"To get the amount of space we needed in any kind of commercial property it was going to cost us several thousand dollars more, we have a five year lease with a five year options, so we'll be here for a long time," Clements said.
On top of the extra space, clients like Mikalah who live on Joplin's south side say the location will be much more convenient. 

"In stead of having to travel from one end of town to the other, and basically, just the fact that it's in the middle means it's closer for everyone now," Johnson said.

Clements says the Alliance's Joplin office is it's biggest, but they also have other offices in Carthage, Neosho, and a program in McDonald County.

For more information on The Alliance of Southwest Missouri click here.  


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