With the receipt of a $406,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, the Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation (SCARF) is launching a capital campaign for the construction of the Sunshine Children’s Home in Andover. The home will provide placement services to children from Butler, Elk, and Greenwood counties that have been temporarily removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
The launch of the capital campaign was held at the Hope Community Church in Andover. Hope donated three acres to SCARF to use for the new children’s home.
“Without Hope Community Church, their leadership team and church members, we would never have made it this far,” Susan Koslowsky, Emprise Bank Senior Vice President and their capital campaign chair for SCARF said Friday.
“We are so grateful to the Mabee Foundation for this grant,” said SCARF Executive Director Suzi Thien. “We are pleased with their generosity and support for Sunshine Children’s Home.”
Koslowsky said, “In addition to the Mabee grant, SCARF has received $1.8 million in gifts, pledges and in-kind donations for the home. SCARF will need to raise an additional $479,928 by January 2014 to secure the $406,000 challenge grant and another $181,500 to reach the $2.5 million goal for the children’s home.”
Thien said, “SCARF is thrilled for the strong and generous support that has been received from the community for the home.” Currently children in Butler, Elk and Greenwood counties must be transported to Wichita for placement. A needs assessment was conducted in 2010 that determined there was a need for a children’s home in Butler County to accommodate the growing number of children that are removed from their homes.
The home will house up to 15 children at once. It will be located on land donated by Andover’s Hope Community Church which is located just off the Kansas Turnpike at the 21st Street exit. Wichita’s GLMV Architecture has donated time to provide architectural renderings of the home.
Since SCARF first opened its Child Advocacy Center in March of 2007, they have servd more than 800 children.
“Sadly, there is a significant need for theses services,” Koslowsky said. “Hopefully, we’ll be back here for a groundbreaking ceremony in the next few months.”
Donations to the Sunshine Children’s Home can be made online http://www.scarfks.org/ or by mail at SCARF, PO Box 967, El Dorado KS 67042. The upcoming annual fundraiser the Buckaroo Ball will be held on April 21 at the Murfin Stables. For more information on this event please visit http://www.scarfks.org/upcoming-events.
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The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. is a Delaware non-profit corporation with offices in Tulsa, Ok. The Foundation was formed to aid Christian organizations and organizations of a general charitable nature with grants toward facility construction and renovation projects. The Foundation’s grants to various educational, religious, and charitable institutions have totaled in excess of $935,000,000.