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Poshard Foundation announces grants for 28 southern IL agencies


As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Jo Poshard, Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, announced grants for $67,000 on Thursday, at John A. Logan College.

A press release stated a total of 28 grants were given to southern Illinois agencies to be used specifically for services directly dealing with the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in our region. 

The organizations were:

  • 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
  • Williamson County Child Advocacy Center

“Proceeds from the 2014 Poshard Foundation Brunch made these grants possible," Poshard said. "We are very grateful to each of our donors. 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 say this money will help in the long run. 

"With the Poshard Foundation money, it's getting us closer to our goal to get a new handicapped ramp, to widen all of our doorways so that the children and families can get into the facility," Executive Director for the Williamson County child advocacy center, Leah Brown said. 

"We also don't have a handicapped accessible bathroom, so that's why this money is going to get us closer to our goal," Brown said.

Glenn and Jo Poshard, co-founders of the Poshard Foundation stated they believe every child deserves a safe person, a safe place, and a safe community. 

The press release also stated 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.

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