Mother’s Refuge shelter reopens Thursday

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Less than two weeks before Christmas, several young mothers and their babies will receive quite the gift Thursday.

A fire destroyed the Mother’s Refuge shelter off Delridge and South Hardy Avenue more than two years ago.

Mother’s Refuge caters to pregnant women 21 and under who need a place to live and people to teach them basic life skills, including how to prepare for parenthood, how to keep house, and money management through shopping at a basement store inside the shelter.

After the fire, a nearby church offered the use of its conference room to Mother’s Refuge, and that’s where the girls and their babies have been staying.

The rebuilding boasts new tiles, lights, insulation, and plumbing; just about everything in the house has been redone and most of the items and work were donated by people and area businesses. The shelter has seven bedrooms, showers and bathrooms, a basement living room, kitchens, an outside deck, and much more.

The shelter’s director told FOX 4 the girls will go back to the shelter Thursday and the full move-in is expected sometime next week.