Midwest Special Needs Trust Offers $150,000 in Charitable Grants to Assist Local Individuals with Disabilities Impacted by Tornado and Flooding
Columbia, MO — May 31, 2019 – To assist local, low income individuals with disabilities, including families with children with disabilities, the Midwest Special Needs Trust (MSNT) Board of Trustees voted this week to increase funding of its charitable grant program by $150,000 to help serve those in the devastated areas of Jefferson City and Eldon, Missouri, following recent flooding and the tornado that struck the area on May 22.
“While recent severe weather has left many in Jefferson City and Eldon reeling from the devastation, the recovery effort for low income individuals with disabilities — and those families caring for children with disabilities — is even tougher,” said MSNT Executive Director Kathy Birkes. “We understand and appreciate the many needs of those with disabilities, and we want to help provide immediate assistance for as many people as we can.”
MSNT Charitable Disaster Relief grants for up to $1,500 per individual will concentrate attention on the unique, immediate needs of the low-income population with disabilities caused by disastrous circumstances in these areas. This includes parents seeking help for the eligible needs of their children with disabilities. Grant applications will be available through local caseworkers, social workers and vocational rehabilitation counselors. To be eligible for funding consideration, applicants must be a Missouri resident, have a Social Security verifiable disability and meet income guidelines. Assistance requested must be to respond to a need caused by a natural disaster.
The new Charitable Disaster Relief grant funding adds to the support already offered through Midwest Special Needs Trust’s Charitable Trust Program. Through the program, qualifying individuals with a disability may request grants for medical and dental care, rehabilitative services or equipment, educational assistance, specialized transportation and other needs not covered by public benefits or available through other community programs.
Helping individuals with disabilities and their families plan for their financial futures, MSNT is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. A nonprofit organization based in Columbia, MSNT provides unique support for families, particularly moderate and low-income, by administering special needs trusts for people with disabilities and protecting important public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. Serving the Midwest region, MSNT establishes trusts in nine states and works with families and individuals across the U.S.