Fourteen years ago the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children was chartered as a public charitable organization.
Our vision in 1999 was to heal abused children physically and emotionally and to stop the abuse of children.
John A. Logan College generously provided office space and amenities, and the Foundation opened its doors, not knowing what the future held.
During the life of the Foundation, many rewarding relationships developed with individuals, agencies, and organizations in the southern one-third of the state as well as state-wide.
We have provided funding for children in crisis when other funds were not available.
Whether it is for car seats, counseling, or special medical equipment for the examinations of sexually abused children, the Foundation bridged the gap when possible.
We have sponsored numerous seminars and workshops over the years, provided at no cost to hundreds of attendees.
Through our partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, valuable trainings, including “The Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children”, “The Effects of Methamphetamine on Children”, “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, “ Your Young Child”, and “The Effects of Sexual Abuse on Children”, have been accomplished.
The Foundation has completed several large projects to date, such as building a new shelter in 2003 for women and children in Cairo, IL. The 6000 sq. ft. shelter is valued at $600,000 and was primarily completed with the donations of local labor unions.
We provided a $50,000 grant to the Anna Bixby Women’s Center in Harrisburg, IL. in 2004 to be used toward building a replacement shelter.
In 2007 the Foundation donated a building in West Frankfort, IL. to the Night’s Shield – Roan Center and then contributed $125,000 towards its renovation, creating an emergency shelter for children rescued from abusive home situations.
In 2008, the Foundation pledged $50,000 to Southern Illinois Regional Social Services to help build the 3rd floor children’s wing of their future facility.
Much has been accomplished for children through your generous donations of time and money.
Thank you for partnering with us for thirteen years to help vulnerable children. The need is still great, and we will continue the work.
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