INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A year after being consumer by an accidental fire, a homeless shelter for pregnant teens is starting to rebuild.
Mother's Refuge in Independence provides a home for struggling young mothers, but on Oct. 8, 2012, the house suffered severe fire damage and forced the mothers to once again seek shelter.
However, Shelter Director Robert Zornes said despite the traumatic challenge, the girls were able to stay Mother's Refuge as a neighboring church opened its doors for a temporary solution.
Tuesday morning, Zornes and shelter board members organized a demolition ceremony where volunteers, staff members and former residents used sledge hammers to begin the reconstruction process.
Zornes spoke to a group of about 75 people saying the fire has made the organization stronger, and when the shelter is finished rebuilding it will have an additional bedroom, a computer room and a wheel chair ramp.
While the shelter has enough funds to begin construction, they are still in need of donations. It is hosting a fundraiser Nov. 2.
The shelter is also looking for volunteers to assist in the reconstruction. Those who would like to get involved are asked to call Carl Stevens at 816-215-6434.
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