Monday, June 1, 2009

Kinderhaven to Host Open House on June 23rd

Hundreds of children have called it home over the past 13 years. More than a house, it exemplifies the true meaning of a home - a place where children can feel safe and secure. Kinderhaven has provided shelter and comfort for many abused and neglected children over the last several years and now its staff and Board of Directors are opening its doors to the public to show just what the generosity of the community has done for these kids.

“Kinderhaven offers everything a traditional home has,” said Board President Kim Diercks. “The children all gather together for meals and we have a family room where they get together to watch television or play games. But equally important, they also each have a room where they can go when they desire privacy.”

Through the years numerous individuals, businesses and organizations have donated their time, materials and talent to transform Kinderhaven into a beautiful place where children can not only survive, but also thrive and feel safe and secure doing so.

On June 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public is invited to tour the home, located at 900 Spruce Street, and to visit with the staff and members of the Board of Directors.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to learn more about our mission and our volunteer needs,” said Board member Jacinda Bokowy.

Sandpoint has come together over the last several years to wrap their arms around the children of Kinderhaven and have adopted them as their own. But because it is just like a home, with often many more children living there than in a traditional family, the expense of keeping the doors open is costly.

“Unlike so many of the other non-profit organizations, our doors are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year,” said Diercks. “And with the cost of living going up all around us, so does the cost of keeping our doors open. It makes it increasingly difficult to continue to make a difference in the lives of these children.”

But Diercks said the community has always pulled together for the good of the children and she and her board continue to be amazed at the generosity of the people living here.

“We are truly blessed here at Kinderhaven,” said Diercks.

Come to Kinderhaven on June 23rd, tour the home and meet those who are involved with this incredible organization.

For more information, call Kinderhaven at 208-265-2236. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation please mail it to Kinderhaven, P.O. Box 2097, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

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