Governor Recognizes Boys and Girls Town
Blunt visited the organization as part of his Show-Me Solutions plan. Boys and Girls Town of Missouri treats children of all ages who have been abused.
"These kids come from severe backgrounds. Most have been physically, verbally, sexually or chemically abused and they come from different backgrounds," explained Vince Hillyer, president of Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. "What we try to do is bring those kids in and let them know they are worthy of doing well and having positive things happen to them."
Blunt recognized the group for charitable work throughout the state.
"Last year in 2005, they touched the lives, in a very meaningful way, of 4,000 Missouri children," Blunt said. "They made a difference in the lives of 4,000 children."
He also made a case for increasing state funding for residential care facilities like Boys and Girls Town which hopes more money can improve treatment of at-risk kids.
"We hope to give them lots of love, lots of care and lots of respect," said Hillyer, "and some opportunity to turn their lives around."
Columbia Boys and Girls Town helped 240 children last year. The Columbia facilities hope to add two residential cottages to the existing four by the end of this year.