SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — He said the building constructed in 1914 – and empty for three years – can serve as the new home of the Greene County Family Justice Center, a one-stop shop for the victims of abuse, including domestic violence.
“In the past, Tefft was a place that inspired hope for the children who went there,” he told the board. “In the future, we believe it can inspire hope for the survivors that we serve.”
Patterson, flanked by Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams, asked the board to consider donating or leasing the property at Pythian Street and Fremont Avenue to give the relatively new center – opened seven months ago – a more permanent home.
“As we looked at Tefft, we don’t see a 100-year-old school building that is no longer usable as a school or administrative offices,” he said. “Instead, we see an opportunity – the opportunity to continue and expand our operation.”
Greene County’s is the 25th affiliated Family Justice Center in the U.S. The center offers services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and trafficking, elder abuse, child abuse, emotional abuse, legal and economic abuse. All services are free.
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