The King’s Daughters Home in Mexico, MO
The Home dates back to 1905 and is supported by the circles of the Missouri Branch, is managed by a Board of Directors representing four areas with active King’s Daughters: Hannibal, Mexico, Columbia, and Kansas City.
It has a lovely dining room, a beautiful chapel, and bedrooms in which residents can bring their own furnishings if desired. It offers gracious living for gracious ladies.
The Home has both private and semi-private rooms and offers two levels of care:
1) Adult Day Care is available with full and half-day rates which includes meals, activities, and private rooms.
2) Respite Care is offered for one or more days with 24-hour nursing care.
The addition of these areas of care has proven to be very successful, leading some part-time clients to become permanent residents.
Many activities are planned including outings in the surrounding community.
Our ladies travel by our King’s Daughters’ van.
Each Circle adopts a resident and recognizes their resident at birthdays and holidays.
All who are able are kept busy and happy.
If further information is desired, you may contact The King’s Daughters’ Home at 573-581-1577, or visit their site here: http://www.thekingsdaughtershome.org/home
What is the King’s Daughters and Sons’ Dental Aid Program?
The King’s Daughters & Sons’ (KD & S) Dental Aid Program provides dental care to eligible students from the Columbia Public Schools, in cooperation with school district staff and Columbia dentists.
How did the program begin?
In 1974, the KD & S Dorothy McArthur Circle discussed ways to serve others in our community and fill an ongoing need. After researching possibilities, Circle members enthusiastically endorsed creation of a dental aid program. On May 1, 1975, members held the initial fund-raiser, generating $1700 to begin the program. Over time, the program has flourished; the Columbia KD & S Dental Aid Board currently manages the program, providing services to approximately 100 students per year.
How are students referred?
School district nurses refer students who need dental care and have no financial resources to cover services. The program serves eligible students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
How does the program work?
After receiving permission from the student’s parent or guardian, a Board member assigns the student to a participating dentist. A KD & S volunteer drives the student to the dentist during school hours. Once students are in the program, they receive yearly preventive check-ups and treatments as well as dental-hygiene supplies.
How is the program funded?
KD & S Circles provide monetary support, as do individual donors. The Heinkel Charitable Foundation made a generous donation early in the life of the program, and local service organizations continue to provide funding.
How do KD & S members support the program?
Columbia KD & S members volunteer to drive the student to the dentist, donate money to Dental Aid, and contribute to the success of Circle fund-raising activities.
King’s Daughters & Sons’ Dental Aid Program
PO Box 30832
Columbia, Missouri 65205
What children, parents, school nurses, and dentists say about the program . . . .
Wow, is this what it feels like for my mouth not hurting?” he said, smiling.
-Young student after numbing at his first treatment session
“I would like to say thank you for all the dental assistance you have provided for my students this school year. Even though they don’t always express their thanks, every one of the students is appreciative of the service you provide. You can see the gratitude in their smiles!”
-An appreciative school nurse
“The Dental Aid Program is an excellent example of the philanthropic and professional community working together to provide for Columbia’s less fortunate. Kids are the key to the future. Thank you to all your volunteers.”
-An insightful dentist
“I did everything I could to soothe him until I could figure out where to get the money to get him a dental appointment. When the school nurse called and said you would be able to help us, my heart melted. I have never been in the position where I could not figure out a way to make ends meet or get something my child needed. To have you all come into our lives when we needed help the most was a true blessing. “
-A grateful mother