We have moved from the historic building on Bennett Street, that we have called home since 1983, in order to better meet the needs of the organization and community. After much deliberation and investigation, the 2022-23 JLS Board of Directors voted to approve the sale of the JLS building. The building was listed with Jeff Childs, SVN Rankin Company, LLC and was sold to New Moon Studio Spaces, LLC which will utilize the building to create dedicated studio space for local artists. This cultural and economic development will enhance Springfield in a spirit that aligns with the JLS commitment to our community. The sale of the building closed on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.
On July 17, 2023, we signed a one-year lease with Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This moved our offices to 1616 South Eastgate Avenue, in Springfield. While we will still have office, meeting, and storage space, the move provides additional perks with an ADA-compliant and technologically advanced facility. This offers JLS enhanced opportunities for collaboration, networking, and innovation. We believe this move will further strengthen our organization and enable us to continue making an impact in our community. The BSA has been a delight to work with and are equally excited about this new-found partnership; they, too, view this as a chance to positively influence both organizations, and as an ongoing alliance. “Partnering with Junior League of Springfield to share office space is a win for both organizations. We share the same values and work to grow our members in leadership and service to community. I can’t think of a better group to be associate with,” said Ozark Trails Council Scout Executive/CEO John Feick.
Like other nonprofit organizations in our area, JLS has changed over the years, and will continue to in the years to come. The decision to move the JLS Headquarters was made to optimize efficiency, enhance capabilities to better serve members and fulfill the mission, and ensure spaces are accessible for everyone in the community. We are genuinely excited about this relocation and the breath of fresh air it presents for the League and our members.