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.



     Jo Poshard with the representatives of the 28 agencies receiving 2015 grants

The Poshard Foundation Announcing 28 Grant Awards to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children

Carterville, IL - As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Jo Poshard, Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, will announce grants for $67,000 at a press conference on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at John A. Logan College.

A total of 28 grants will be given to Southern Illinois agencies to be used specifically for services directly dealing with the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in our region. Those organizations are: Baptist Children's Home, Carmi; Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale; Cairo Women's Shelter; Caritas Family Solutions, Carterville; Caritas Family Solutions, Mt. Vernon; CASA of Franklin County; CASA of Jefferson County; CASA of Saline County; CASA of Williamson County; Centerstone; Children's Medical Resource Network, Anna; Family Counseling Center, Vienna; Family Crisis Center Homeless Shelter, Herrin; Hoyleton Ministries; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Services, Marion; Mentors4Kids, Harrisburg; PAVE, Centralia; Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale; Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless, Marion; The Amy Center, Mt. Vernon; The Guardian Center, Carmi; The Night's Shield, West Frankfort; The Women's Center, Carbondale; Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, Anna; United Methodist Children's Home, Mt. Vernon; and Williamson County Child Advocacy Center.

Jo Poshard noted, "Proceeds from the 2014 Poshard Foundation Brunch made these grants possible. We are very grateful to each of our donors." Poshard continued, "As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, it is clear that thirty days isn't enough time to sound the alarm for abused children in our region. Child abuse is on the rise in Southern Illinois."

Agency representatives will comment briefly on their grant projects and will be available to the press.

Glenn and Jo Poshard, co-founders of the Poshard Foundation, believe every child deserves a safe person, a safe place, and a safe community. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for many of our children in Southern Illinois. The abused, neglected, and abandoned ones are those the Poshard Foundation seeks to help. Whether it is by providing counseling, cribs, therapeutic camps, supplies for college-bound foster children, or training for the prevention of violence against children, the Foundation strives to make a difference in young lives.

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