Butler County Times Gazette
  • Andover Optimist donate to SCARF’s Children’s Home

  • Construction is progressing on the new Sunlight Children’s Home in Andover, and now they are looking to raise funds to get the needed items for the home, something with which the Andover Optimist Club assisted this week.
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  • Construction is progressing on the new Sunlight Children’s Home in Andover, and now they are looking to raise funds to get the needed items for the home, something with which the Andover Optimist Club assisted this week.
    The Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation raised $2.5 million to build a children’s home in Butler County. Now they are nearing the completion of the home, which will be able to house up to 15 children. The home includes a separate intake room with a full bath for those children who need to get cleaned up before meeting the others in the home. There also is a dining area, TV area and computer room. There are several bedrooms, some which house one child and others two, as well as a nursery.
    “Our aim is to keep siblings together,” said Suzi Thien, SCARF executive director.
    In the basement, they have offices and a recreation area, as well as a safe room and conference room.
    There also are several security features, including a gate at the street with audio and visual technology, as well as audio and visual communication at the front door. In addition, the Andover Police Department has access to their security system.
    With the building nearing completion, SCARF continues to have a wish list on their Web site, as well as being registered at Target and Walmart for supplies and other items they will need for the home.
    SCARF received a boost in getting the items they need thanks to a $1,300 donation from the Andover Optimist Club. Helping youth is a goal of the Optimists.
    Thien said these funds would go to buy clothes and get supplies.
     

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