Daycare for special needs kids needs help

HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. - A non-profit school called The Mini School in House Springs is the only place some special needs children can go. Other daycares and schools turned them away. They end up on Nancy Voss' doorstep.

Voss has been caring for the children for 43 years.

"It's the only happy memories I had when I was a kid," said Alan Walters, He now works at The Mini School.

Sixty-five mentally challenged children, children with seizures, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol, and brain damage, and children with foster care go to The Mini School.

"We can't say no to a family that needs our program," said Voss.

Parents sometimes can't pay, the money the state pay for the foster children at the school isn't enough, and an old tax bill took away half of a government grant the mini school got. The money is dwindling, the need isn't. The Mini School is in major trouble.

"It's my purpose. It's my mission. I believe it's why I'm here," said Voss.

She doesn't know where the money will come from to stay open.

An online account has been created for donations to the school. If you're interested in donating, visit their Go Fund Me website.


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