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MSSU student athletes to help Children’s Haven move to new home



Student athletes to help Children’s Haven move to new home

Following the annual MLK Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, at Missouri Southern State University, a group of student athletes will offer their time to help a local organization make a big transition.

About 50 student athletes and coaches will gather at 9:30 a.m. at Children’s Haven, 701 S. Picher Ave., to help the shelter – which temporarily houses children and teens in times of family crisis – move into a new, larger home that has been built next door.

The 14,202-square-foot house will double the organization’s amount of space as well as the number of children that can be served – from 12 to 24 at a time. It includes a family visiting room, intake office, a wellness room, a nursery and a separate living room for teens. The basement includes a safe room that doubles as an activity area for kids.

“Children’s Haven’s new house has been made possible by support from the community,” said Stephanie Theis, executive director. “For Missouri Southern to be here to help us move further shows this community’s commitment to make what we do possible.”

Kelly Wilson, director of Advising, Counseling & Testing Services at Missouri Southern, is coordinating the service project and says it fits perfectly with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which has become a national day of service.

“It’s known as a day on, not a day off,” said Wilson.

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