Isabel’s House was started as a Signature Project of the Junior League of Springfield, which grew out of the League members’ shared desire to address child abuse and neglect in Springfield/Greene County – an indicator that has been reported as a persistent red flag beginning in the 2005 CFO Community Focus Report. The creation of Isabel’s House was rooted in careful planning and research, including visits to other successful crisis nurseries around the nation and several committees comprised of area leaders and business professionals.
Research for the project that would become Isabel’s House began in 2005, and it took almost two full years for the resulting plans to be realized in the establishment of a Board of Directors, the recruiting of essential staff and volunteers, the creation of thorough policies and procedures, the construction and state licensing of the facility, and the outreach and education of referral partners in the community. The placement of the Isabel’s House building was made possible through a partnership with the Springfield – Greene County Parks Board, which allowed the facility to be located in a beautiful setting with plenty of green space and play space nearby.
A number of families, foundations, area businesses, and other charity partners were involved in the opening of Isabel’s House, including Burrell Behavioral Health, the City of Springfield, Cox Health, Community Partnerships of the Ozarks, Missouri State University, Mercy, and the United Way of the Ozarks, and the building itself was made possible through an enduring investment made by the O’Reilly and Wooten Family Foundations. For more information about how to donate, please visit our website: https://www.isabelshouse.org/donate/
Isabel’s House encourages supporters, media, and community leaders to take time out for kids the first week of April, by participating in this year’s official “Pinwheel Garden” planting ceremonies, as well as purchasing “Hope Butterflies” throughout the month, both an annual tradition in the collaborative #GoBlueSWMO movement during April, National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention month.
This year, Corbett Law Firm and Parkcrest Dental Group will join the campaign as new sites with returning partners Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Mercy, CoxHealth, Tolbert Beadle law firm, and Dynamic Body studio to plant visually stunning Pinwheels for Prevention gardens – each with over 300 pinwheels representing the children who received care at Isabel’s House in the past year. Without the vital services offered by Isabel’s House and other collaborating local agencies, these children face a substantially higher risk for physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as chronic neglect – the “silent abuser.”
In the past decade, the blue pinwheel has become a nationally-recognized symbol and a “physical reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children,” and each pinwheel planted makes a statement that together, as a community, we are committed to giving families and children in the support and services they need.
“Hope Butterflies,” in the form of a pin-up card, will be available for purchase at several different local partner sites including: Cross Midwest Tire, Fazoli’s, Houlihan’s South, Hy-Vee, Macadoodle’s North & Republic, Tropical Smoothie, Qdoba, and Staxx. This $1, $3, or $5 donation will benefit Isabel’s House to make an immediate impact, helping prevent child abuse and neglect.
4/1, 12:30pm: Official Pinwheel Garden Planting at Coxhealth Northside Pediatrics, Boonville at Lynn
Media contact: Brandi Saxton, 417.269.8068
4/2, 1:00pm: Official Pinwheel Garden Planting at Burrell Behavioral Health, Bradford at Kickapoo
Media contact: Mandy Vela, 417.761.5000
4/2, 3:00pm: Official Pinwheel Garden Planting at Tolbert Beadle law firm, Kissimmee Ct at Battlefield
Media contact: Bill Beadle, 417.887.3010
4/3, 12:00pm: Official Pinwheel Garden Planting at Dynamic Body studio, Fremont at Erie
Media contact: Erin Hession, 417.883.4047
4/4, 10:00am: Official Pinwheel Garden Planting at Mercy Hospital, National at Sunshine
Media contact: Sonya Kullmann, 417.820.2426
4/4, 12:00 pm: Official Pinwheel Garden Planting at Cox South, National at Primrose
Media contact: Kaitlyn McConnell, 417.269.4113
4/4, 2:00 pm: Official Pinwheel Garden Planting at Parkcrest Dental Group, Lasalle at Fairview
Media contact: Melissa Gossard, 417.887.1220