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Synergy Services Begins Work on New Children’s Center

Synergy Services breaks ground on a new center for kids, part of a $7 million project helping the organization better serve victims of violence.

Synergy Services’ programs will soon be able to help more Kansas City kids thanks to its new children’s center. The organization recently broke ground on the campus, which will include a 10,000-square-foot facility to shelter and provide services to children throughout the metro who have experienced abuse, neglect or serious family crisis.

On a daily basis, newborns, babies, toddlers and children enter Synergy’s children’s center with deliberate burns, gunshot wounds, broken bones, and failure to thrive. Children are often malnourished with serious illness or infections caused by poverty, abuse and neglect.

Once in Synergy’s care, children receive dental and vision exams, check-ups, immunizations as needed, advocacy services, mentoring, educational services and tutoring, psycho-educational groups, and play therapies. School-aged children attend the neighborhood public school, while pre-school educational and developmental activities are conducted at the children’s center.

The new children’s center will double the capacity of the current shelter, which is housed at SafeHaven, Synergy’s center for women and children escaping violence. The agency had to turn away 300 children last year alone due to limited beds and other resources.

The center is part of a $7 million project that also includes renovating SafeHaven and building an incremental growth fund to ensure the agency’s ability to sustain program expansion into the future.

“By relocating our children’s center to a dedicated facility, we can utilize the space formerly occupied at SafeHaven to also expand and improve our services for the women and children housed there,” says Synergy Executive Director Robin Winner. “Just as Synergy is giving people the ability and power to transform their lives, this campaign gives Synergy the capacity to build on successes and strengthen programs even further.”

Synergy board members Tom Isenberg and Greg Personelli are leading the fundraising charge in this growth campaign. Blackbird Design Studio LLC is the project’s architect and JE Dunn Construction is providing construction services.