Great Circle

13227189_10154293337544382_7879019479459946173_nFor the last several years, Great Circle has been a ministry partner of The Crossing. We support their considerable efforts to address the needs of local children and families touched by foster care, foster/adoption, and mental health issues. Great Circle offers a tour one afternoon per month and has various volunteer opportunities available. To find out more, contact Susan Reeves: Susan.Reeves@greatcircle.org

13502845_10154399038179382_7471609356650038708_oGreat Circle provides an environment of trust, purpose and empowerment for each child and family in our care. We believe families have the right to preventative resources that can shift the tide toward healthier lives and communities. Social stigmas disappear as families discover their own strength with staff and community support.

gcbTigers on the Prowl: Thank You!!
Great Circle was sponsored by The Crossing for this year’s Tigers on the Prowl citywide fundraiser which brings together 10 charities, 10 sponsors, and 10 artists to raise awareness and funding in support of each charity’s respective mission. The Finale was held Friday September 23. Great Circle sends a warm thank you to The Crossing and everyone involved in making the 2016 Tigers on the Prowl fundraiser a great success.

Upcoming Events:

Donate Now! (please designate Central Region-Columbia Campus)

14117779_10154560296334382_5006990346634879357_nGreat Circle’s Diamond Night Gala will be held on Friday, October 14th at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. For more information regarding the event and to register, please contact: Susan.Reeves@greatcircle.org.

Diamond Night is an annual benefit to help children unlock the door to hope. Please join us for this evening of elegance, fine dining and celebration, as we champion the courage of families and children. Thoughtful vignettes and inspiring stories illustrate the unique programs Great Circle utilizes to help guide them through times of struggle toward a place where they can thrive.  In its 11th year, Diamond Night raises awareness and funds to ensure that life-changing mental health treatment and support services are accessible to those who need it, right here in our own community, with significant benefits for all.

11539061_909691492437177_8628813014603515621_oiBelong Backpacks (and baskets): The Crossing and its members have also generously supported youth served by Great Circle through donating to Columbia Adoption Project’s iBelong Backpacks (and baskets) drive. Watch the church lobby in November for your chance to contribute. The iBelong backpacks and laundry baskets are filled with essential things a child needs when removed from his/her home and placed in alternative care due to issues of abuse and neglect. They are collected each fall then distributed by Great Circle throughout the whole year. Some of them go to children in Great Circle’s community foster homes while others to children who are receiving 24 hour intensive treatment on their Bearfield Road campus or in one of their older youth transitional living group homes.

Winter Wishes Holiday Gift Drive: The Crossing also participates in Great Circle’s Winter Wishes Holiday Gift Drive that runs from Nov 1st to Dec 31st. Watch the church lobby for your chance to participate by adopting a child’s wish list, hosting a gift tree, helping with holiday activities, organizing an outing, doing a drive for comfort items, adopting a cottage, or making a monetary donation. There’s a public one-day drive on Nov 18 from 7a to 7p at Shelter Insurance (on Broadway). We have more than 350 children and youth who will benefit from these efforts. For more information, contact: ChaRae.Champion@greatcircle.org.

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How Great Circle Helps Kids and Families:

  • 24-Hour Specialized Care
  • Autism Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Crisis Services
  • Day Programming
  • Education
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Home and Community Based Services
  • Parenting Support
  • Respite Services
  • Super Curricular Programs
  • Therapeutic Camps

Great Circle is an essential resource in this community serving children and families who are struggling with difficult circumstances. Children range in age from birth to 21, and family members may include siblings, grandparents, relatives, kin, foster parents, adoptive parents and legal guardians.

14409384_10154638811864382_7082898964266815994_oThese children struggle with lack of access to the therapeutic treatment and supportive services they need to help them recover from past trauma, gain coping skills, learn how to manage behavioral health challenges, access learning and develop healthy relationships.

Great Circle provides services to address a range of challenges, such as behavioral health, family crisis, trauma, foster care/adoption, parenting, older youth life skills, and social and learning issues, including Autism spectrum or emotional disorders. Our multi-disciplinary, integrated care treatment approach seeks to address whole family health, as well as individual client needs.

13909323_10154500748754382_1060873282393244761_oOne of the biggest challenges Great Circle faces in providing these services is financial. When a child is placed in the 24 hour intensive treatment program, Great Circle receive reimbursement from referral sources at about 70 cents on the dollar. Since more than 85% of these children’s families live at or below the federal poverty level, Great Circle relies on support from the community to provide this essential care. The average length of stay is 6 to 9 months, but can go on for years, depending on the severity of the challenges and lack of family involvement.

Please Pray for the children and families served by Great Circle to seek and accept the help that is made available to them, and for our community to rally together to increase access to essential treatment and reduce the stigma related to mental health issues.

14311213_10154627764259382_4770032860526979223_oHistory of Great Circle:
Great Circle was formed in 2009 by the merger of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri and Edgewood Children’s Center. Boys and Girls Town of Missouri was invited to assume operations for The Front Door in 2001. This first brought them to Columbia.

Accreditation:
Great Circle is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Independent Schools of the Central States (ISACS), AdvancED, and the American Camp Association.

pavilion-bestWays to Give:

(Donate Now please designate Central Region-Columbia Campus)

  1. Gifts of cash can be used to meet high-priority needs, or you can specify a campus, program or service to support.
  2. Automatic gifts debited from your checking or savings account can save time, help you budget and provide sustaining support for kids.
  3. Memorial and tribute gifts honor friends and loved ones while creating opportunities for children and families.
  4. Create a lasting legacy through a gift from your will or other estate plans.
  5. Gifts of appreciated stock o er tax advantages and may cost less than cash gifts.
  6. Gifts of real estate can be a unique option for your family or business.
  7. In-kind donations of new items can brighten a child’s life in the community or on one of our campuses.
  8. Outside fundraising events planned through your club, group or business can provide unique opportunities to gain support for Great Circle.

cottagesContact Info and Staff Team:
Phone: 1-844-424-3577 (GCHELPS) Toll Free

Great Circle’s local Advancement Team:

  • Susan Reeves, Regional Director of Advancement
    • Susan.Reeves@greatcircle.org
  • ChaRae Champion, Regional Advancement Manager
    • ChaRae.Champion@greatcircle.org.
  • Kelly Myers, Advancement Coordinator

Sources:
Email interview with Susan Reeves
www.greatcircle.org (including their facebook page)

Photos and graphics courtesy of Great Circle.

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