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Hope bracelets

Three girls show off the bracelets they made during the GFWC Hope Club’s visit to Missouri Girls Town.  The girls had a great afternoon designing and making bracelets for themselves and staff members.  A fun time was had by all.

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Missouri Girls Town featured in HER Magazine

Missouri Girls Town: A Safe and Hopeful Haven in Mid-Missouri Mandy Watkins was only 13 years old when she came to live at Missouri Girls Town. Abandoned by her mother, she entered the foster care system but struggled with the emotional fallout. Her case worker felt she could benefit from the counseling, educational, vocational and other support services offered at the residential treatment facility. While most Mid Missourians may be aware of its existence they don’t really know what Missouri Girls Town is all about, or harbor misconceptions that it’s a juvenile detention facility or correctional institute. It’s not. “Missouri…

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Missouri Girls Town Becomes a Registered DBT Facility

Missouri Girls Town has begun implementing a new therapeutic approach called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The majority of our clients are struggling with intense emotions, impulsivity and harmful behaviors, often including self-harm. DBT offers a highly structured and intensive approach for dealing with problem behaviors. It is one of the very few such programs of its kind available in the United States. DBT helps with the problematic actions sometimes used to deal with extreme emotional intensity. DBT emphasizes taking responsibility for one’s problems and helps the person examine how they deal with conflict and negative feelings. The goals of the…

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McClain-Williams Home Renovation Complete

The McClain-Williams home has been completely renovated and we are excited to announce that the girls will be moving back into the house during their Christmas break. The home is one of four on campus and provides housing for twelve clients. Ten staff members provide continuous care on a 24/7 basis for the residents. The McClain-Williams home was built in 1998 and has provided a home to approximately 200 individual clients over the past 14 years. In 2012 a major renovation was required to return the house to its original condition. With assistance from the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program,…

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Lasting Benefits From Gift Farmland

Mary Elizabeth Tevebaugh of Houstonia, Missouri left 360 acres of tillable farmland to Missouri Girls Town. Ms. Tevebaugh wanted to assist Girls Town in meeting their operational and maintenance needs. With the corn and soybeans being harvested by the farm tenant, a rent check of $25,000 was given to Girls Town and will be used as directed by Ms. Tevebaugh. All involved with Girls Town are grateful for her long-term vision and belief in the everyday work we do on behalf of our girls.

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