Article & Photography Jennifer Adamson Like the seasons, our lifestyles change with time. As we get older, we may keep our independence or find we need a little help to live comfortably. With close to 50,000 senior citizens living in Greene and Christian counties, there’s a pretty good chance you or someone you know will …View full post
Article & Photography Jennifer Adamson The sky was gray the morning Gene Lund began his mobile meals route, but the smiles he saw along the way made it seem as if the sun had come out. Gene has been delivering food to homebound senior citizens for seven years, and he never tires of the joy …View full post
Care to Learn Fights Back Article Kassandra West | Photography Care to Learn Care to Learn serves the needs of impoverished children in the Ozarks. This organization provides so that young students can be fed, warm and clean. Care to Learn is based in Springfield, operating out of a small office where the …View full post
How one Springfield woman is changing the eating habits of children across America Article Marvin Fremerman | Photography Colleen Sundlie Little did Springfield native Colleen Sundlie realize, when her husband, Ryan, first told her he had accepted a job in the United Arab Emirates, she would be instrumental in changing the eating habits …View full post
It’s November and fall is upon us. It’s officially time to stoke up the fire, begin making your favorite comfort foods and dragging out those fall decorations. As it’s getting crisp outside and the leaves are turning, cozy on up with this November’s issue of Springfield Lifestyle featuring family fun with tips and tricks for the perfect Thanksgiving Day.
This month we are featuring those that are not forgotten, and with our help and yours we can change the future of those less fortunate through the Care to Learn organization. Read “Staying Above the Poverty Line” by Kassandra West.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. One of my favorite past Thanksgiving traditions was going to our local church and serving the homeless of our community. We would cook and serve an elaborate meal, provide haircuts and a warm coat for the winter. I will never forget the eyes of thankfulness.
This year I am thankful for the simple things in life. The “I love you” from my 2-year-old son for the first time without me saying it first. The fact that after almost four years of marriage I am just now taking an interest in cooking. I’m sure my husband is equally thankful.
If you want to know what’s going on around town and to get involved check out our “Around Town” and “Good Times” section at the beginning of each issue.
As the new editor for Springfield Lifestyle, I invite you send me your story ideas and community happenings at Bmulder@lifestylepubs.com. This is your magazine!
Inspired by community,
Becca Mulder , Editor | Bmulder@lifestylepubs.com
Little Grins Dental is a new dental practice designed just for kids. Their office features an indoor playground, colorful murals, and 3D televisions. Dentist Craig Rechkemmer, D.D.S., has over 11 years of experience in working with children. Parents are welcome to accompany their child into the exam room, and Craig will discuss each appointment’s procedures as well as any future treatment plans directly with you. For more information on our practice, visit LittleGrinsDental.com
Family matters are a southwest Missouri foster care and adoption resource center, which provides resources, training, and support to strengthen foster, adoptive and biological families. They believe in community collaboration to connect families to multiple layers of support. Family Matters serves children, youth and parents by providing a variety of support groups, counseling services and by making connections to community resources. Their mission is to strengthen families, children and youth touched by foster care or adoption through training, support, community collaboration and advocacy. Interested community members can donate, volunteer to help local families and children or find out more information at FamilyMattersCares.org
A garden built by Evangel University faculty and students was dedicated at Weller Elementary in memory of Virgil Nicholson. Nicholson spent 24 years of his career at Evangel, serving as a professor of education and as chair of the university’s education department. In the spring of 2012, Nicholson’s family asked the education department if they could build a community garden at a local elementary school in honor of their late relative. The department chose Weller Elementary as the garden’s location. Under the direction of Peggy Reed, associate professor of education, and Jenny Green, Weller fifth grade teacher, education majors helped collect funds and built the 20’ x 24’ raised garden bed. Weller students now use this area of the school’s courtyard garden to grow vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and broccoli.
The Missouri Autism Report (MAR) has offered to be the donation point for Owen, a 9-year-old boy in the Springfield, MO area, who has autism and cancer. Diagnosed in June of 2012, Owen has endured months of chemo, emergency hospital stays, and ICU, at the hand of this devastating disease. While bills are piling up, Owen still has 15 months of treatment left. To donate to Owen, go to MoAutismReport.com and click on the “Donate” button on the right. Make your donation of any amount. Please write “for Owen” in the notes. All donations given through the MAR are tax deductible.
Ten students and two faculty sponsors in the social work program at Evangel University visited the legendary Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark., in September. Heifer Ranch was created in 1944 to provide livestock to communities in impoverished countries. Their educational component has been developed to allow participants to experience the realities of world hunger and poverty. The goal is to teach that one person can make a difference. They were a part of the Global Gateway Experience, a 24-hour event that places participants in a mock village. Students bartered for food and basic necessities. Because this program is intended to be a real-life experience, participants were not allowed to bring electronics, food, snacks or watches. Food will be provided and will consist of vegetables, grains and protein. Heifer International was created by Dan West and established in 1944. For additional information, please visit Heifer.org
The Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame inducted the 27th annual class of honorees in September at the University Plaza. Proceeds go to buying sports equipment for area youth organizations. The Springfield Sports Hall of Fame has raised nearly $300,000 dollars toward that goal. Going into the hall: referee and official Emry Dilday, Olympic distance runner Jason Pyrah, the late Stephanie Phillips and Jack Roberts, high school basketball coaches, and former Southwest Missouri State basketball Bear Winston Garland.