The Boys and Girls of Missouri might sound familiar to you. In 2009, Great Circle was formed by the merger of Edgewood Children’s Center with Boys & Girls Town of Missouri. The merger brought together nearly 200 years of youth social services programming and formed one of the largest children’s behavioral health organizations in Missouri. Great Circle impacts the lives of more than 10,000 children and family members each year through its nationally-accredited treatment, education, prevention and support services to children with a history of abuse or neglect, children with emotional and behavioral disorders and children with autism.
The local campus of The Great Circle is made up of eight acres in central Springfield. It includes six cottage residences for 69 children, a gymnasium, recreation complex, outdoor swimming pool, on-site classrooms, as well as administrative offices which provide services to children and families in the community. It is the home of the Ozarks Family Resource Center emergency shelter.
The Ozarks Family Resource Center is unique to the Springfield campus because it provides short-term shelter services for Southwest Missouri children removed from crises and homeless youth. It also offers parenting skills education classes for families at risk for child abuse and neglect, domestic unrest or violence. The center provides a warm, safe and nurturing environment for newborns to 18-year-olds, and emphasizes family mediation. The facility meets state licensing requirements for emergency child care. The website has even more about the Great Circle, formally the Boys & Girls Town of Missouri.