Stories from Our Grant Recipients
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We love to hear from our grant recipients how Musgrave Foundation grants have benefitted them. Please take a few minutes to submit your story today!
After receiving my 20-year class reunion invitation, I decided to go to college and obtain my degree in nursing. I had spent the last 10 years being an at-home mom and so finances were very tight and I was worried about how we would pay for my college. It was through the generosity of the Musgrave Foundation and others that I was able to complete my degree with minimal financial impact on my family. This was a huge blessing to me and I will be forever grateful for the financial assistance I received. THANK YOU A HUNDRED TIMES OVER!!!
Submitted by: Kim Hill
I made the decision to enter school to pursue my dream of becoming a dental hygienist after being out of school for 26 years. This has been an amazing adventure! It was made easier with your help. The dental hygiene program at OTC is very demanding and rewarding.
I was awarded a scholarship that has provided the means to buy textbooks I need (they are so expensive!). This award has meant more than just financial assistance to me. Knowing there are other people who believe enough in me to grant me a scholarship has given me much needed support and encouragement to reach for my dream.
Thank you so much for everything!
Submitted by: Anne Akin
The Salvation Army Harbor House is indebted to the generosity of the Musgrave Foundation. Their partnership over the years has been crucial in enabling us to more adequately and effectively meet the needs of those less fortunate in our community.
The Harbor House, located at 636 N. Boonville, Springfield, MO is home to men who find themselves in a physical, emotional, or spiritual crisis. It is also host to our Front Line Feeding program which provides a hot and nutritious noon meal 7 days a week to anyone in the community, which includes a meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas days, and our Day Labor Program where we serve as a liaison between employers in need of short-term help and individuals in need of work.
Individuals coming into the Harbor House find a safe, clean place that is Christian based and committed to their best interests making available resources to help them.
The Musgrave Foundation grants have provided us with the necessary funds to purchase such items as a new commercial dishwasher, a new commercial gas range and steam stable, shower valves & kitchen faucets, vacuums, a floor machine, 80 gallon hot water heater, a meat slicer, washers and dryers, charcoal grills, picnic tables, an ice/water dispenser, as well as many other dining room items and funds to assist in the maintenance and repair of the building and equipment.
The Harbor House program, since opening in January 1998, has provided shelter and ministered to over 1,800 men. The Front Line Feeding Program has served a noon meal to approximately 65,000 people yearly.
Submitted by: The Salvation Army - Springfield, MO.
Three years ago the Musgrave Foundation helped our Boy Scout Council start a program called SCOUTREACH. This is a program that reaches out to inner city youth who live in housing projects, attend title one schools,come from single parent homes, and for the most part are at or below the poverty level. The grant helped us provide for uniforms, books, equipment, and campership funds to help send these kids to summer camp. Most important was the funding of 8 para-professionals who are Eagle Scout college students that we hired to work part time to become the stable adult leadership needed to maintain and grow the program. They become the role models and guides that help to pull these children away from gangs, drugs, alcohol, and other evils that are vying for our children's time.
We started with 4 Scout units and 44 kids. In the last three years with Musgrave support we have grown to 17 units and 625 youth members. This program provides a fun-filled, outdoor educational experience that builds character and self esteem in a healthy environment while teaching these children the social and leadership skills they will need to reach their full life's potential.
A special thank you to the Musgrave Foundation and its Board of Directors for making this program a reality.
Ozark Trails Council,BSA
Submitted by: Ozark Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America
Convoy of Hope is mostly known for responding to the victims of natural disasters with food, water, and emergency supplies. Disaster Response is certainly a major part of what we do, but we also conduct 25 to 50 community outreach events accross the USA each year.
In 2008, we conducted outreaches on multiple sites accross the Springfield area. Free groceries, medical services, haircuts, job services, childrens activities, and so much more are provided to our guests of honor at these outreaches.
Convoy of Hope takes pride in its guest of honor principle. Our goal at a Convoy of Hope outreach is that every recipient be valued, respected, and treated as a guest of honor. Every aspect of an outreach is based on this principle; and, on the day of an outreach, all areas of service demonstrate this principle. We unconditionally love and accept each guest without regard to age, race, physical appearance, or spiritual condition.
Submitted by: Convoy of Hope
In our wonderful, child-friendly house on Walnut St., children who've been physically and sexually abused are interviewed and examined by professionals who are trained to work with hurting children. The vast majority of the children we serve participate in a Forensic Interview. This is an objective, non-leading and age-appropriate interview conducted by someone trained in child development, linguistics and forensics.
The Forensic Interview replaces the verbal assault a child used to endure -- interrogations with police officers, juvenile detectives, emergency room physicians, state caseworkers, etc., all asking the child the same questions in the most intimidating of environments. No child responded well in such a setting.
Today, our warm and welcoming center provides the environment in which a child can confidentially talk to someone about what has happened to him or her. Behind the scenes at the CAC, a team of law enforcement officials, caseworkers, prosecutors and more are still involved in the investigation of abuse. But the child only tells his or her story to the Forensic Interviewer.
Of the 836 children who visited the CAC in 2008, 780 particiapted in a Forensic Interview (those that did not were too young to talk), making this our largest program service. The funds from the Musgrave Foundation helped support this critical service, ensuring we could provide a Forensic Interview to every child in need.
We are so grateful to the Musgrave Foundation and only wish there was a way to share with Mrs. Musgrave the impact of her generosity. Then again, she may very well know and be smiling on us all from her sweet spot in heaven!
Submitted by: The Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
The Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) was formed in 1952 by a joint partnership of business and independent colleges. The Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc. is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation as described in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The sixteen member independent schools receive no federal or state tax support for administrative operations. All of the member institutions are baccalaureate degree-granting institutions accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. They derive their income from tuition, endowment income and private contributions such as those to the Colleges Fund.
Investors in the Missouri Colleges Fund Education Scholars Program recognize the need to encourage talented students to complete a four-year degree. They also recognize that the cost of college may prove prohibitive to otherwise outstanding young persons with financial need and a high potential for long-term success.
These scholarships assist students attending the sixteen MCF member colleges with a portion of their educational cost. On behalf of the scholarship sponsor, MCF participating institutions will select those students who best meet the sponsor's criteria.
"The Missouri Colleges Fund is very grateful for support from the Musgrave Foundation," said Mike Backer, MCF president. "Their contributions are matched by other donor gifts to support need-based financial assistance to students. The Musgrave Foundation recognizes the importance of education and the significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri's economy."
The MCF member schools are: Avila University, Kansas City; Central Methodist University, Fayette; Columbia College, Columbia; Culver-Stockton College, Canton; Drury University, Springfield; Evangel University, Springfield; Fontbonne University, St. Louis; Hannibal-LaGrange College, Hannibal; Maryville University, St. Louis; Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis; Park University, Parkville; Rockhurst University, Kansas City; Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar; Westminster College, Fulton; William Jewell College, Liberty; and William Woods University, Fulton.
Submitted by: Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc.
The blessing of a functional kitchen, equipped for efficiency and reliability, as well as refreshment and respite, through Musgrave assistance provided a major message of encouragement, incentive, and blessing, on behalf of Jeannette Musgrave, who valued community service workers and those who befriended seniors. This grant project sent a grand "hug of validation" to the 22 workers within the building who work long, hard hours making the "impossible possible" for thousands of clients.
The Musgrave Foundation has helped us make a special statement of welcome and invitation to those who have disabilities, to the volunteers who give of themselves to our work, and, now to our staff, our donors, and the community organizations with which we share our facilities.
We are THRILLED with the improvements to kitchen capacity, opening new opportunities for senior service hospitality. We are honored Musgrave has partnered with us in enlarging kitchen function to better accommodate service partnerships, staff development, and public senior service outreach. THANK YOU!
Submitted by: Southwest Missouri Office on Aging
Friends, thank you so much for my scholarship! My husband and I and three girls (3,5,6) recently moved to Springfield to help my father-in-law through a major medical crisis. My husband's pay was cut in half, and I returned to college to prepare to help our family financially (and fulfill a long-term dream of working in the service profession of nursing!). Last Friday I told my husband we would somehow need to find 500 additional dollars to pay for my summer classes. Three days later, my scholarship letter came in the mail!
We have seen God's amazing provision in innumerable ways through this difficult transition. Thanks for being one of the miracles that brings my ASN degree and a career in nursing one step closer for me!
Submitted by: Kitina Braithwaite