Through their relationship with York Casket Company, Shirley Brown Van Arsdale and Bruce Funeral Homes have secured a $1,000 grant for Gillis Center an area non-profit.
Gillis helps several children from Gardner, Eudora, Spring Hill and De Soto every year. Some children travel every day to Gillis Center for specialized treatment for trauma symptoms or serious emotional problems.
Others are helped in their homes with intensive counseling services provided by Gillis.
The grant will help these troubled children heal by funding the art and music therapy they receive at Gillis.
The grant is only possible with help from Bruce Funeral Homes. With every purchase of a York casket at a participating funeral home, a donation is made to the York Children’s Foundation in the name of the deceased. Participating Funeral homes can then recommend children’s charities such as Gillis to receive small grants from the foundation.
“It feels great to help these kids and this community,” said Brown Van Arsdale, director of Bruce Funeral Homes. “Many local people have made donations to the foundation over the years. It’s good to have the foundation give back to our community in this way, and of course, the kids that need the most help get a lot of that help from Gillis. We’re just proud that Bruce Funeral Homes could make it happen.”
The York Children’s Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations whose sole purpose is to support children. To date, the Foundation has contributed more than $2.2 million to primarily community-based children’s charities across the country.
Gillis serves 4,300 people each year in 33 towns surrounding Kansas City with trauma informed care and intensive in-home services for struggling families. Gillis has been helping area families in need for 141 years.