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Community Center to Support Foster Families Opens

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 08, 2019 06:16 PM

The New Hope Community Center intends to live up to its name.

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The building was officially opened Thursday. A nonprofit called New Hope for Families bought the former St. Anthony Community Center from the Benedictine Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery for $2. 

It will be a place where foster families can find support. 

"I think lots of people believe in miracles and having this center and just everything being at the right place in the right time, that's got to be a miracle," Brandon Monson said. 

Monson is a foster father to a 7-year-old girl. He equated the building to the Field of Dreams, saying if you will build it, people will come. He said it's hard for people to understand what it's like to be a foster parent. 

"There's unique challenges, so I think it's easy for some foster parents and adoptive parents to feel like they're on their own," Monson said. "So the New Hope for Families is awesome to have people that we can connect with together every couple weeks but also just that can be there when we need someone in an emergency or short notice."

In St. Louis County, there are currently about 600 kids and teens in out-of-home placement. So New Hope for Families also intends to recruit and support people who are interested in fostering. 

The faith-based group hopes to open a day care at the community center soon. 

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