The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Executive Director at Kemmerer Village in Assumption, during the weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.
Shales Nagle told the club that the location first served the area as an orphanage, and now is a trement center to help children. Nagle added that the challenges in staffing due to COVID dropped their enrollment numbers but she’s confident Kemmerer will get staffing and enrollment to increase.
Nagle told club members that Kemmerer serves children in a congregate care setting, plus also services over 170 children in foster homes. She added she’s been serving at Kemmerer some 29 years, with over a year as its Executive Director.
Her remarks centered around the mental health toll that the pandemic took on children and the community at large.
Nagle was introduced by Kiwanis Spiritual Aims Committee Chair Dick Wamsley.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.