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McMillin takes helm of Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery

By Steven Spearie

The State Journal-Register

Photo by Ted Schurter

Posted Jul 12, 2020 at 5:20 PM

Jennifer McMillin, the new executive director of the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery in Springfield, acknowledged that many nonprofit agencies are feeling the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From fundraisers to reduced hours to the temporary elimination of volunteers, the 24-hour crisis nursery on the city’s north side has been through the throes of the tumult.

“One thing that is abundantly clear for all nonprofits is that we’re in a challenging situation,” said McMillin, who came on board last month. “We’re seeing a lot of our fundraisers be impacted. We just went through the golf outing (being modified).

“Our challenge will be to still meet our mission of preventing child abuse and neglect regardless of what else happens. So when I walked in the door, I was very thankful for our board and our staff included, that they all saw that challenge and were ready to meet that challenge and meet our mission.”



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