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Fair Haven Children’s Home Raises Money with Thrift Store

by: Stafford North | November 19, 2012

Fair Haven Children’s Home, started by the Water Mill Church of Christ in Springfield, Missouri, is located in nearby Strafford and has served children from that area for forty-eight years. On a campus of more than sixty acres, it has five homes which provide family units for children. The campus also has a home for the administrator, a home for relief house parents, a workshop/barn, a gym/multi-purpose building, and an office building. The home is licensed for up to forty beds but usually has around twenty five children at one time. They also assist families seeking to reunite with their children.

Like many other such homes, Fair Haven receives donations and also raises money through a benefit auction. A different way in which they also raise funds, however, is by operating a thrift store called Thrift Haven. The store, located at 1312 S. Glenstone in Springfield, accepts donations of clothing, furniture, electronics, home and lawn items, baby items, and more. Volunteers operate the store to sell donated items to the public, thus allowing all the proceeds support the home. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (5 p.m. on Wednesdays).

An interesting feature of the Fair Haven program is how individual congregations can contribute items for the Thrift Store. At the South Hwy. Five Church of Christ in Lebanon, Missouri, for example, the Home has placed two deposit bins on its parking lot into which people can place “throw away” shoes and clothing they wish to donate. The Home picks these up and gets them to a place that sends them overseas, but which pays the Home something for them. Items for resale at the Thrift Store are donated directly to Fair Haven and the money they bring goes directly to the home.

While support from churches and individuals is an important part of their operation, Fair Haven has found some additional ways to provide its funding.

For further information about Fair Haven, contact Barney Crawford at