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A St. Louis refuge

"A St. Louis refuge" Continued...

Issue: "De-coding Morsi," July 28, 2012

As they rework the recovery program, the Clarksons have added a food pantry for low-income families, created summer camps for children and teens, and built a preschool building. Sunshine's preschool is bright and cheerful: Children play wheelbarrow in the gym, learn about Adam and Eve, practice writing the letter of the week, and huddle with outstretched necks around two new goldfish named Norman and Squirt.

Preschool staffers say none of their 12 students lives in a home with two married parents. Recently, when a teacher asked one boy where his dad was, the 5-year-old replied, "He's out hustling today."

Money Box

• Sunshine Ministries' total revenue in 2010 was $3,363,000, including investment income.

• Expenses totaled $2,079,000 and the organization's net assets were $11,383,000.

• Jim and Carol Clarkson are on call 24/7 and together earn $250,000.

• Sunshine's nine full-time and 19 part-time employees work with about 75 regular volunteers.

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Daniel James Devine
Daniel James Devine

Daniel is a reporter for WORLD who covers science, technology, and other topics in the Midwest from his home base in Indiana. Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanJamDevine.

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