The Fairbanks

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

Among the dozens of local offices and organizations who have partnered with the City of Springfield’s Zone Blitz Initiative are arts organizations—the Springfield Art Museum; Springfield Ballet; and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. 

Michele Skalicky

Daisy Tolliver can finally look forward to the rest of her life.  The 73-year-old northwest Springfield resident has struggled for years trying to make her income last through the month while raising two great-granddaughters.  She adopted seven-year-old Aerith as a three-week-old infant.  She took Jaliyah, six, home from the hospital just after the baby was born.

Jobs for Life Seeks Champions to Assist Others

Oct 11, 2016
Life360 Church / KSMU

A program aimed at helping people who are struggling to achieve success in their lives is well underway.

The Life360 Fairbanks program, Jobs for Life, has reached the half way point of its first round, and there is still a need for “champions” interested in assisting current and future students.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

A five-year, $1.3 million grant aims to help Springfield families struggling to emerge from poverty and allow them to achieve long-term success.

The funding for the Northwest Project is the largest single grant awarded by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. It will benefit a partnership made up of Missouri State University, the Drew Lewis Foundation and Drury University.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

A former school gymnasium in north Springfield, once in danger of being torn down due to its blighted state, is now a point of pride for the Drew Lewis Foundation and owner Amy Blansit.

Dubbed the “cafa-gym-a-torium” by past inhabitants, this refurbished Fairbanks Elementary School gym is part of the second phase in the quest to turn this former education facility into a community resource center.

Blansit, Foundation board members and roughly 100 citizens joined to view a ribbon cutting Wednesday to highlight the construction progress.