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Children’s Home Society breaks ground on new Children’s Inn facility

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 4:07 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The Children’s Home Society of South Dakota broke ground on a new Children’s Inn in Sioux Falls Tuesday.

The new 48,000 square foot facility will provide a 24-hour emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect. It will increase Children’s Inn’s capacity from 40 beds in 24 bedrooms to 96 beds in 38 bedrooms and include enhanced dining facilities, larger family rooms, more indoor and outdoor play space, and additional areas for case management and support services.

“This is a tremendous step for Children’s Home Society, Children’s Inn, and the entire Sioux Falls region,” says Michelle Lavallee, CEO of Children’s Home Society. “Together with our boards of directors, donors, friends, and community partners, we’ve been working towards this day since 2016.”

Children's Inn groundbreaking
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Sara Kindvall a domestic abuse survivor, hopes the new facility will be able to help even more people in the area.

“Having been through the situation that I was, they were there for services after the fact, we hope for people not to have to deal with that after the fact or after a brutal assault, but just to know they are, it is amazing, they can help on so many levels,” said Kindvall.

Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead says there is a night and day difference in having a facility like the Children’s Inn for a community.

“When there was a domestic situation and you had to take children out of a violent home, we brought them to the police station, and they were babysat by the officer working behind the desk who was also dealing with disorderly people and drunks coming into the station,” said Milstead.

For those involved with Children’s Inn, this groundbreaking is a special day.

“It’s a big day for Children’s Inn because we know we’ve been working towards this for quite some time because we knew the need was there and now to have the community show their support of that need is very powerful, it’s a great day for Children’s Inn,” said Amy Carter, Operations Director for the Children’s Inn.

The new facility will be located at 2101 East 8th Street and is scheduled to be complete by December 2022.

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