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Nevada Children's Center Wants Help Building/Offers Businesses NAP Tax Credits

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 The children's center in Nevada Missouri wants to expand into a permanent home.

     Its building project is getting a boost from the state through the Missouri Neighborhood Assistance Program or NAP  tax credits.

The children's center in Nevada sits right off the square  on Main street next to Curtis and Sons Realty which is donating the property for a new children's center.

Monte Curtis says, “Seeing the families that go in,  the small children that have been abused. A lot of sexual abuse and stuff.  Its very sad to see that. To know that there is someone out there helping those children makes it all worthwhile.”

But Curtis will benefit from his good will.. The center qualified to build with neighborhood assistance program or nap tax credits.

 Curtis says, “If a business knows that seventy percent of  their donation will be coming back to the them  as a tax credit,  its a win win for everyone.”

Financial Advisor and Children's Center board member, Ken Williams agrees.

“In essence, you're giving the money to the children center  instead of giving  the money to the state. Most people would rather  have their dollars local,” said Williams.

The current location  is not ideal for offering privacy for children needing to share their stories of abuse to investigators.

Child advocate Amy kaelke says, “We can only have one family at a time. It's  street  access. It's a store front. Just the number of people we can have  here,  how the team can communicate, they have to go in the very  back of the building. Cell phone reception,  it's all concrete around us. You have to walk outside to use your cell phone.”

Nevada Center Board member Susan Barrett adds, “Our new facility will offer  privacy.  You won't have somebody sitting out in the lobby who will be able to see who's in  there, who's being interviewed.”

Space is tight  at the  current Nevada children's  center. The medical exam  room doesn't include a shower and washer and dryer like other facilities to help those children who may have been exposed to a meth home.  They see about ten to twenty kids a month at this center, but they know from experience that a new facility  could increase those numbers.

Children's center executive director Vickie Dudley says, “We noticed with our Butler and Monett new facilities that when you make the resources available and accessible and welcoming to the clients,  the utilization increases.”

 Donations from  furnishings and carpeting to cash or stocks will be used to build a child friendly  homelike center, while qualifying as tax credits.

The board hopes to break ground  in the spring of 2015 but knows businesses plan yearly budgets now.

 For information on donating contact the children's center at 417-623-2292 in Joplin or go to its website. 

Click here for a link.  

www.childrens-center.org

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