Freeman Auxiliary makes gift to Ozark Center for Autism

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - Freeman Auxiliary makes gift to Ozark Center for Autism

JOPLIN, MO.--At a special ceremony held Wednesday, October 21, 2009, Freeman Auxiliary presented a check for $20,000 to Ozark Center for Autism.

Missouri Association of Hospital Auxilians selected autism for this year’s state project. All hospital auxiliaries in Missouri committed to raise funds for various autism schools, research, and initiatives. Freeman Auxiliary raised funds for a learning center at Ozark Center for Autism through a bunko night, gift basket raffles, and autism awareness bracelet sales.

“Freeman Auxiliary is very proud to donate $20,000 to provide this learning center for families with children struggling with this complex neurological disorder,” said Freeman Volunteer Program Supervisor Linda McIntosh.

In appreciation of this gift, a learning center will be renamed Freeman Auxiliary Learning Center.

According to Ozark Center for Autism Clinical Director Jennifer Long, “We are so grateful to Freeman Auxiliary for their continued support of Ozark Center for Autism and our children.”

The mission of Freeman Auxiliary is to give volunteer service that benefits patients, their families, and the hospital; contribute financially whenever possible; and promote better public relations in the community. Freeman Auxiliary holds events throughout the year to provide support for community programs such as Children’s Miracle Network, the Chaplain’s Fund, Ronald McDonald House of the Four States, Excellence in Nursing, Ozark Center for Autism, and Sir Koff-A-Lot™ bears for heart patients. Volunteers of all ages also assist visitors at the information desk, in surgical waiting rooms, in Freeman Gift Galleries, and with various other tasks.

Support for Ozark Center for Autism helps increase enrollment, expand services, and raise awareness.

Autism is the fastest growing childhood developmental disability and affects a child’s ability to communicate with loved ones and interact with the world. Ozark Center for Autism provides the only evidence-based treatment proven to be effective—Applied Behavior Analysis. In this intensive one-on-one therapy, teachers prepare preschoolers to function as independently as possible. Ozark Center for Autism also offers new in-home services and has plans to expand services, reaching out to older children and adults.

About Freeman Health System
Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 404-bed, three-hospital system. Based in Joplin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

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