Caritas Family Solutions representatives accept a $10,000 grant from Ameren Illinois.
Caritas Family Solutions received a $10,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to support the Focus on Kids Campaign, a fundraising effort that aims to renovate one wing of St. John Bosco Children’s Center, the agency’s residential treatment center in Belleville for abused and neglected children.
The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Chuck Mueller, senior director, Facilities Management of Ameren Illinois, said a key focus of the program is to partner with nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Ameren Illinois’ service territory.
“At Ameren Illinois we are committed to supporting organizations that make a difference in our community and Caritas Family Solutions is the epitome of this,” Mueller said. “This is the only facility of its kind in Southern Illinois, so we are proud to partner in their efforts to provide even more children with the strong support system they so desperately need.”
In addition to the grant, Ameren Illinois employees have completed two volunteer projects at St. John Bosco Children’s Center, saving the agency more than $2,300. A total of 25 volunteers spent 100 hours painting two separate wings at the center as part of the renovation process.
The grant received from Ameren Illinois helped Caritas reach the 75 percent mark of the $200,000 Focus on Kids Campaign goal. The plan is to raise the remaining amount by June 2016.
St. John Bosco is a residential children’s center serving abused and neglected children, ages 6-13, from throughout Southern Illinois. Caritas purchased the building housing the center in October 2014 with plans to renovate and make Bosco a safe, home-like atmosphere. The renovations and expansion of the center will allow the agency to provide services to more children. The renovation plans also include creating a nonprofit collaborative where local nonprofits can share resources and services.
For information, visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.