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Lovingrace A Local Home for Young Women Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

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Lovingrace celebrates its two year anniversary. The home for young women is targeting a need in the community and having success and in some cases life changing.

Executive director Stephanie Meek chokes up as she brags that, "In 2015 we had thirty-two young women come through these doors." Since opening in 2014 at least fifty young ladies have called it home including seventeen year old Rhiannon Downey.

Rhiannon says, "Stephanie is like a mother to us. Marilyn is like another mother to us. They treat us like they're our mother and we're their kids and it's a really awesome place because a lot of us girls would still be living on the streets, if we didn't have that place."

 Lovingrace helps those eighteen to twenty-four who are homeless or have aged out of foster care and have nowhere to go.

 Meek says, "Young women not given the supports that they need, often they will turn to drugs or other terrible things like human trafficking. So, this is just a small way the community to offer a solution."

"Right now we can serve eight ladies at a time,” says board member Jeffiner Thompson, an attorney with Legal Aid. “We would like to expand that in the future but we do see them making the choice for a better life for themselves and that’s our goal,  to give them that better futures."

Workers from Childrens Haven toured the rooms during today’s open house.  Rooms, where girls the agency sometimes refers, will stay.

Childrens haven director Stephanie Theis says, "We're very temporary when children, youth or teens are involved in a family crisis and this is a longer term option for them."

Lovingrace, like many other charities, relies on donations.  A board member was able to secure this twelve passenger van because transportation can be an issue.

Meek says, " It was one of the areas that we felt was a barrier to their success."

Rhiannon says she was bullied at her old school in a much smaller town. But now wants to finish high school and even go to college to be a pediatric nurse.  She says, "I had no hope. Nobody cared. And being at lovingrace, they've showed me that God cares."  

Plus, that family feeling she found at Lovingrace,  made Rhiannon sad when two girls recently moved out on their own. But she's also now inspired.

"I’m loving it. It gives  me hope knowing  that if they can do it, I can do it!"

The residents of Lovingrace have to follow rules, do chores, and attend weekly life skills classes. Lovingrace is seeking volunteers and donations of items used by the residents.

Find Lovingrace online at LOVIN-GRACE.ORG or call 417-540-8640

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