Progress toward a new and slightly larger Mother’s Refuge in Independence continues with community support.



“We’d like to be in by the end of the year,” said Executive Director Robert Zornes.

Progress toward a new and slightly larger Mother’s Refuge in Independence continues with community support.

“We’d like to be in by the end of the year,” said Executive Director Robert Zornes.

The facility for teen mothers and their babies was destroyed in a fire last October, and the program remains housed temporarily at the Remnant Church facility off Missouri 291. Plans call for a new facility at 3721 Del Ridge, near Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, with which Mother’s Refuge has a long association.

Help keeps coming in. Last week, Independence Kiwanis gave the group $500. President Dan Montgomery said the club focuses on giving to causes that help young people and that the group decided to increase the amount it normally gives Mothers Refuge.

“I think a lot of people have been touched by their story,” Montgomery said.

Zornes said Mother’s Refuge is waiting to hear how much its insurance will cover from the fire and then officials will know how much money they might have to raise. Funds have been coming in.

“We live in a very caring community,” Zornes said, adding that donations of any size are welcome.

The old facility could house eight mothers and four babies, and the new one would be able to house 10 mothers.

Those who want to help can reach the group at fireaid@mothersrefuge.org, and the group has a website at www.mothersrefuge.org.

Also, Nativity of Mary is planning a benefit sale – with lots of baby clothing and other items – from June 12 through June 15 to help the group.