April 29, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – A total of 29 Southern Illinois social service agencies that are devoted to serving abused and neglected children in the region received a much-needed shot in the arm Friday when the Poshard Foundation announced the disbursement of $100,000 to aid the cause.

Jo Poshard, co-founder of the foundation, made the announcement in the Board of Trustees Conference Room at John A. Logan College. The announcement coincides with Child Abuse Prevention Month in the state.

“Proceeds from the 2015 Poshard Foundation Brunch made these grants possible,” Jo Poshard said. “We are very grateful to each of our donors. As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, it is clear that 30 days isn’t enough time to sound the alarm for abused children in our region. Child abuse is on the rise in Southern Illinois.”

Poshard said donated funds are up $30,000 from previous years.

Those organizations receiving funding Friday 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 Home and Aid, Herrin.

Children’s Medical Resource Network, Anna; Department of Child and Family Services , Southern Region; Family Counseling Center, Golconda; Hoyleton Ministries, Hoyleton; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Services, Marion; Mentors4Kids, Harrisburg.

PAVE, Centralia; Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center, Pinckneyville; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale; 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, Herrin; and Williamson County Family Crisis Center, Herrin.

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,” Jo Poshard said. “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 for Abused Children at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564 or email joposhard@jalc.edu.