Poshard Foundation gives $100,000 in grants to 12 southern Illinois service agencies

Nonprofits in southern Illinois are getting an early gift this holiday season in the form of a grant. They’re not receiving state funding right now because of the budget impasse.

Representatives from a dozen agencies in southern Illinois filled the rooms inside John A. Logan College Wednesday, receiving a portion of $100,000 in grants from the Poshard Foundation.

Family Counseling Center Executive Director Sherrie Crabb says the $15,000 they received will help keep them from drastically cutting programs, saving services for kids, but also jobs.

"It means a lot, not only to them — to the staff members and their families — but to the children we’re going to continue to be able to serve because of the grant money," said Crabb.

Jo Poshard, director of the Poshard Foundation, says she and her husband Glenn are seeing many area services struggle without state funding. Because they want abused, abandoned and neglected children taken care of, they decided to dive in and help.

"So we decided ‘Let’s concentrate on the counseling component. Let’s pull out the agencies who deal with direct counseling, and let’s help them right now when they need it most,’" said Poshard.

"From my heart, Jo and Glenn, thank you for what you do." Crabb said.

She and other agency representatives say the grants are a light at what is hopefully the end of the tunnel for the budget-related problems and one of the best gifts they could have been given this holiday season.

Other social service agencies awarded grants Wednesday include The Amy Center, Baptist’s Children’s Home and Family Services, Cairo Women’s Shelter, Caritas Family Solutions, Hoyleton Ministries, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter, Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, United Methodist Children’s Home, The Women’s Center, Inc. in Carbondale and the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center.

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