Kymari House was founded in 2012 by Tonya Hobbs and Jeff Puster.
Tonya has extensive training and experience in the area of social work, focusing primarily on
high-risk populations around such issues as child welfare, domestic violence, and chronic mental illness.
Jeff served most recently as program director for Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Programs for the Exchange Club Family Center.
Tonya and Jeff wanted to create an organization that would be committed to excellence in children’s services and programming.
The organization’s name pays tribute to an actual child from our community. After a great deal of research and with a little help from some very special friends in Murfreesboro, they learned about Kymari Clark.
Kymari was only 16 months old when he died on June 18, 2010, at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Officials from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Murfreesboro Police Department determined that Kymari died from injuries sustained at the hands of his maternal grandmother’s husband.
In short, Kymari died from child abuse.
Kymari’s mom was a young student at the time of his death, and she had brought Kymari to Murfreesboro from her home in Indiana to spend the summer with his grandmother.
She had no idea when she left Kymari with her mother that he would never return home. Kymari Clark was an innocent child whose life was needlessly cut short. The person who killed Kymari is now serving time in prison for felony child abuse.
It is in memory of Kymari Clark and all children like him, Kymari House was founded.
The goal at Kymari House is to always put the safety and best interests of children ahead of all other priorities, including the ability to pay for services.
Excellence is something that all children deserve, and the purpose at Kymari House is to provide that excellence without exception.
Kymari House provides the following services:
• Therapeutic visits that are professionally monitored between non-custodial parents and their children in a safe and neutral environment.
• Visits occur in a controlled environment designed to minimize stress and promote healthy interaction. Toys, games, art supplies, and light snacks are provided.
• Visits are monitored by trained, licensed professionals who observe and document parent/child interactions, and provide constructive intervention.
• Goals and objectives are established for each family based on their individual needs, and a treatment plan is established.
The frequency and duration of visits may be dictated by the court system or Department of Children’s Services. Both custodial and non-custodial parties must complete an intake before visits can be scheduled
Kymari House, Inc. is a member of a national Supervised Visitation Network and all professional staff are highly trained and professionally licensed.
You can learn more about Kymari House by visiting their website listed above, or check them out on Facebook.