A house was purchased; volunteers renovated the facility. Counseling was provided by a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the areas of family violence and abuse.
A Regional Development Team was created by the Center to help form our mission and objectives: (1) 24-hour crisis intervention and shelter (2) parent education (3) counseling accessible to all in need without regard to income or resources (4) support groups.
A group of professionals working with families gathered to discuss gaps in services for families at risk of abuse and neglect. The Children’s Center of Northwest Missouri was formed, an Executive Director was hired, and a Board of Directors was established whereupon the coalition became an independent not-for-profit 501c3 organization.
The Family Violence Council was initiated in Maryville. Citizens and representatives from diverse agencies collectively addressed the issue of domestic violence that had not been formally addressed in the community.