We do all of these great things in the real estate world – help people sell their houses, reach out and assist those who wish to buy a home, and answer as many questions as possible concerning the business in general. But, we also enjoy reaching out to the community when the moment presents itself. Because, who doesn’t love a good charity event? It gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling deep in the cockles of your heart; especially when knowing, and witnessing firsthand, what the efforts will be going to! Recently, and at great success, we, here at The Flanagan Group, joined forces with Golden Corral to provide a donation and host a charity event for Children’s Haven.

For those of you who are unaware of Children’s Haven:

In 2000, many community organizations, social workers, educators and community members recognized the need and joined together to create a safety net for children and families experiencing crisis here in Southwest Missouri.  After conducting focus groups to further examine the issues, they found that, of the 19 problem areas, child abuse had the dubious distinction of receiving failing markings, with area rates almost double the Missouri state average.  It was noted that too many times in our area, an innocent child suffered the repercussion of a caregiver's overwhelming stress. 

As a result, Children’s Haven opened, in January 2003, and has become an important safety net for children and families experiencing crisis here in the Four States. Providing safe and nurturing care to children of the area in need, they offer temporary shelter for children ages birth through seventeen, at no cost to the families, while the parents resolve a family crisis (including, but not limited to, homelessness, parent or sibling hospitalization, fear of child abuse or neglect, lack of food or utilities, parents seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment, or incarceration of a parent). There are definitely not many shelters like Children’s Haven, as they are the only shelter in the Joplin area that has established a secure environment where kids can stay without a parent, while the parents retain custody.

Not much tops providing help to kids in need. Having the opportunity to donate to Children’s Haven is one we will not soon forget. Being big fans of Golden Corral, the event was a great treat; their smiling faces reading of nothing but pure appreciation and excitement for the food being donated.

Thank you to Children’s Haven for the amazing opportunity, and a huge shout-out to Golden Corral for helping us make a great group of kids happy!