Poshard Foundation Distributes $100,000 to Agencies Advocating for Area Children

Carterville, IL - Jo and Glenn Poshard, co-founders of the Poshard Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children at John A. Logan College, passed out checks earlier this month to 12 different Southern Illinois agencies totaling $100,000.

Recipients include: the Amy Center of Mount Vernon; Baptist Children's Home and Family Services of Carmi; Cairo Women's Shelter, Inc.; Caritas Family Solutions of Carterville; Family Counseling Center in Golconda; Hoyleton Ministries; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois in Marion; the Night's Shield Children's Shelter of West Frankfort; Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center of Anna; United Methodist Children's Home of Mount Vernon; the Women's Center of Carbondale; and the Williamson County Child's Advocacy Center of Herrin.

"In light of the budget crisis in the state, which has led to a decrease in funding for many social service agencies, the Poshard Foundation is making additional grant funds available to provide direct counseling to abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Southern Illinois," said Jo Poshard. "All children deserve the opportunity to be safe and free of abuse. We hope that these funds will help make that happen."

Williamson County Child Advocacy Center spokesperson Leah Brown said the money will be put to good use.

"We are going to continue our trauma focus therapy with our children," she said. "All of the kids who come to us are in crisis and this money will allow the children to have some one-on-one time with therapists to help them work through issues without a break in services."

Williamson County Child Advocacy Center serves about 200 children a year.

Sherrie Crabb with the Family Counseling Center in Golconda said she plans to use the money to retain staff.

"Because of the state budget impasse, we have had to lay off staff and reduce hours of other staff members who were in the process of being trained for trauma focus," Crabb said. "So with this money, we'll be able to bring them back to full-time status. Until now, we have had to put some services on hold and not serve as many children and families like we would normally. Now, we can get that going again."

Last year, the Family Counseling Center served 1,200 children and more than 1,100 served already this year.

For more information on making a donation to the Poshard Foundation, call Jo Poshard at 618-985-2828, X8564 or via email at joposhard@jalc.edu.


     Pictured are representatives with 12 different Southern Illinois agencies that work to help abused and neglected children of the region. On Wednesday, the John A. Logan College-based Poshard Foundation donated $100,000 to those agency representatives to assist in the providing of services for the children. (Logan Media Services photo by John D. Homan)


     John A. Logan College interim president, Dr. Ron House, meets with Jo Poshard, co-founder of the Poshard Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children. (Logan Media Services photo by John D. Homan)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 8, 2016
For more information contact:
Jo Poshard
Poshard Foundation for Abused Children
(618) 985-2828 ext. 8564
joposhard@jalc.edu
www.poshardfoundation.org

Poshard Foundation Receives $5,000 Grant from Ameren Illinois | Funds will support the "Beds for Kids" project and create a child-friendly environment

Carterville, IL - The Poshard Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to support the "Beds for Kids" project and an area courthouse project.

"We are very grateful for this generous donation from Ameren Illinois. This will allow us to help additional abused children get a good night's sleep in a bed rather than on the floor; it will also provide much needed psychological comfort for children testifying in court against their abuser by not having to be in the same room with the perpetrator. Thank you to Ameren Illinois for your concern for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in southern Illinois."

"Beds for Kids" is a project that helps children who have been abused or neglected. These children are often placed in foster care or under the protection of a grandparent or other family member. However, many times there is not a bed for the child in the new home. The Poshard Foundation realized this was an issue that needed to be dealt with. The "Beds for Kids" project is designed to ensure that these children, who have suffered from frightening circumstances, can have beds of their own.

The additional project in the Saline county courthouse is to include equipment for closed-circuit testimony by child victims of abuse while providing the judge and jury with the ability to observe DVD interviews in open court. Overall, the goal is to create a more child-friendly environment for the abused child when testifying in court.

The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Eric Kozak, Director Division VI, Ameren Illinois, said a key focus of this program is to partner with non-profit organizations like the Poshard Foundation to improve the quality of life in Ameren Illinois' service territory.

"We want to give young people in our communities every chance for success - that's why we are proud to support the efforts of the Poshard Foundation," said Kozak. "Initiatives and programs like these can make all the difference in a young child's life."

For more information contact The Poshard Foundation at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564 or email joposhard@jalc.edu.