December 2, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Jo and Glenn Poshard, co-founders of the Poshard Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children at John A. Logan College, passed out checks Wednesday afternoon 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.