The Northland Shepherd’s Center, the food pantry at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, and the University of Missouri Extension’s Matter of Balance exercise program are recipients of the 2015 Community Benefit Grant from The Gardens at Barry Road.
The Northland Shepherd’s Center (NSC) is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and each year, the number of clients served grows. In 2014, the center provided over 38,000 units of service to nearly 3,000 clients, and over 50,000 hours of service were given by more than 250 volunteers. The grant funds will be used by NSC to fund two programs: Benefits Check Up and lawn-mowing for low income older adults. NSC executive director Rebecca Gordon said, “No other organization offers [the lawn-mowing] service, and there is great need.”
About the Community Benefit Grant:
The Community Benefit Grant is made available to area organizations in an effort to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens in the community. The Gardens at Barry Road firmly believes in enriching lives through service by sharing God’s love through care, advocacy, and virtuous business practices. Grant recipients must meet the following criteria: the project or program must benefit area senior citizens, it must be a project or program that would not be possible if not for the money received by The Gardens at Barry Road, and it must be a project or program in which staff, residents, and family members from The Gardens at Barry Road can be involved on more than a monetary level.