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March 19, 2013

Youth Shelter moves closer to goal

DUNCAN —  

Three years have passed since a fundraising campaign began for a new youth shelter, but the work continues.
Money is still being collected to build a new Stephens County Youth Shelter. As of Monday, Youth Services of Stephens County had $751,045.43 in the bank slated for the construction of the new shelter.
The monetary goal is $1.1 million. Those funds will not only construct the building, but will also add safety precautions and furnish the shelter. The fundraising for the new building began in January 2010.
“We’re still working toward the $1.1 (million),” Barbra Davis, youth shelter director, said.
Before the fundraising began, the members of the Youth Services of Stephens County Board of Directors vowed to stay on the board until the money was raised and construction was underway to ensure the vision would stay the same. Around the same time, Gina Flesher was appointed as point person for the campaign.
Davis said money is still coming in, but it’s been a slow process because it’s a sizable amount of money being raised.
“We have been working hard for what we have,” Davis said. “We couldn’t do it without people. We’re so grateful. We need all the help we can get.”
During the past three years, there have been numerous fundraisers for the shelter held by various entities.
For instance, Heritage Oaks Church of the Nazarene held bean dinners in hopes of helping fund the construction. The Duncan High School’s first Leggo Week, which is a fundraising week for the school’s student council, raised $12,000 for the construction. Local businesses, including banks, have donated considerable amounts to the account.
Davis said there are plenty of people in Stephens County who are focused on helping the children. She said this is partially what’s helped move the fundraising process along.

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