Once again, Mercy Clinic physicians and co-workers are pulling out their personal checkbooks to give back to the community. Dubbed “Force for Good,” the Mercy Clinic grant program has given $1.48 million to charitable organizations in the Ozarks since its beginning in 2003. The grants are given twice each year.
After reviewing this summer’s applications, the committee saw a need to help food banks and assistance programs for the homeless, and called this grant round “Less Homeless.” The program’s check recipients include five outreach centers that provide refuge, clothing and food to homeless or needy youth and families. Mercy physicians and co-workers reached their contribution goal of $100,000 and will donate the money to organizations in Springfield, Branson and Joplin.
The individual awards are as follows:
- The Rare Breed, sponsored by The Kitchen, Inc. $60,000
- Isabel’s House, Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks $12,000
- The Springfield Council of PTAs Clothing Bank $13,000
- Jesus Was Homeless $10,000
- Bright Futures $5,000
The Rare Breed provides a safe place for homeless, runaway and street youth in Springfield and surrounding areas, and recently lost a large federal grant. Isabel’s House is a project of the Junior League of Springfield. It provides refuge for children from birth to age 12 when their family is in crisis. The Springfield Council of PTAs Clothing Bank distributes clothing to low-income students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Last year, it gave more than 30,000 items to children in the community. The Branson organization, Jesus was Homeless, provides food to 800 sheltered homeless individuals in western Taney County every week. Bright Futures is a Joplin program that provides basic needs assistance to children in crisis.