Drumm Farm Center for Children (Drumm Farm) supports children in foster care and their foster families. Their mission is “to provide stable nurturing environments for children in foster care, keep siblings together, and inspire lifelong connections by being a resource for children and families.”
Drumm Farm provides support programs, counseling services and on-campus accommodations, and offer stability for children in foster care. The on-site housing combined with support from the professionals on staff creates a home environment where both the families and the children can work toward achieving permanency.
One of their more unique programs is the Drumm Farm Farmer’s Market‡. Open from May through September, this program includes a three-acre garden and small livestock. The children on campus help with farm operations, so they can learn valuable life skills and connect with nature. The Drumm Farm Farmer’s Market is open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday from May through September.
Drumm Farm also provides programs to transition young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. The staff provides instruction, life-skill development and supervision to prepare these children to be successful adults.
Turner House Children’s Clinic (Turner House) serves low income, uninsured and underserved children in the Kansas City Metro. Their goal is “to ensure that underserved and uninsured children have a medical home in which they receive quality affordable healthcare to treat acute conditions, prevent disease through regular well-child exams and immunizations, and manage chronic conditions such as asthma and obesity.”
Turner House serves approximately 4,000 patients and completes more than 9,200 visits each year. They offer many services, including well-baby and well-child physicals; school and sports physicals; immunizations, same day sick child appointments, hearing and vision screenings, developmental screenings, referrals to specialists and Medicaid enrollment. They also provide patient and community education. Turner House is open each weekday plus two evenings a week and Saturday mornings. This expanded schedule helps keep children away from expensive, non-urgent emergency room visits.
Each year, Turner House offers Back to School Physicals‡. Between July 1st and Sept. 30th, they provide close to 1,000 children with physicals and immunizations before they go back to school. Without up-to-date shots, children are in danger of being exposed to childhood diseases, which can keep them from attending school and expose other children. When area school districts realized several years ago there were large numbers of children without current physicals and shots, they decided to strictly enforce state immunizations requirements. Turner House works to ensure these children are healthy and ready to go back to school in the fall.
You’re probably wondering, “What can I do to support these two fantastic organizations?” Of course I encourage you to volunteer or make a donation, but you can also have big fun supporting Drumm Farm and Turner House by attending UMB Big Bash on June 20. The annual fundraiser will include a concert by Huey Lewis and The News‡, as well as great food from local Kansas City restaurants and a silent auction.
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Mr. deSilva is president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corporation. He is also vice chairman of UMB Bank, n.a. Mr. deSilva joined UMB in January 2004. He is primarily responsible for UMB's fee-producing business units and product lines, including Scout Investments; UMB Fund Services, UMB Healthcare Services Payment Solutions, Prairie Capital Management. Additionally, he is responsible for all corporate operations, technology, properties, security and marketing.
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