Where Caring Counts

The caring staff at Missouri Girls Town provides a loving, family atmosphere for all the girls living in our community – something many of our clients never experience before coming to Missouri Girls Town. We offer these young ladies the tools to help them grow to adulthood, and teach them life skills that help prepare them to care for themselves and their own families one day.

Our Clients

From the very beginning, Missouri Girls Town has concentrated on providing care and treatment for abused and neglected girls. By staying focused only on girls, we have built a program of parenting and counseling that fits the needs of teenage girls traumatized by abuse and neglect.

When new clients arrive at Missouri Girls Town, they have typically been through nine failed placements which may have included foster care or other residential centers, hospitalization, relatives, and failed adoptions. These adolescent girls are between the ages of eight and twenty-one and are in need of a therapeutic, structured living environment that addresses emotional and behavioral disorders. Our clients are referred through the Missouri Division of Family Services, the Department of Mental Health, or the juvenile courts. Every effort is made to place young women at Missouri Girls Town who will have an excellent chance to succeed in our caring, structured environment.

Our Team

Missouri Girls Town Foundation, Inc. is a public 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1953. Jenny Preiss assumed the role of Executive Director in 2017. Melissa Blumer, LCSW, MSW, is our Program Director, and Associate Executive Director. Missouri Girls Town is a member of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies. Missouri Girls Town is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).



Jenny Preiss, M. Ed.
Executive Director

Melissa Blumer, LCSW, MSW
Associate Executive Director,
Program and Clinical Director




Our Clinicians 




Melissa Blumer, LCSW, MSW

Associate Executive Director, Program Director







Meg Linear, LCSW

Community and Residential Therapist







Kathy O’Neal, M.Ed., LPC

Community and Residential Therapist






Red O’Neal, TIA

Therapy Dog





Cindy Talone, LPN








Chasity Kight

Medical Coordinator









Shayla Detweiler, BAHS

Admissions Coordinator





Direct Care



Kaitlyn Stith 

Hope House Manager







Miranda Deimeke

Hope House Team Lead








Jenny Preiss, M. Ed.

Executive Director








Christy Smiley

Executive Assistant






Melanie Schuering

Director of Human Resources







Deanna Barger, MPA

Director of Development







Wanda Cowans

Administrative Assistant






Miriam Burch

Accounts Payable








Max McDevitt

Training Coordinator







Larry O’Neal

Grounds Keeper







Judy Salmons