Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) has provided immediate assistance to children in Lake County since 1998. Barbara Monsor founded the organization at a youthful 75 years of age following an 18-year career at Youth Guidance in Chicago, where she witnessed firsthand how a seemingly small amount of assistance might change a challenging situation for a child. Hers was a simple idea – connect people in desperate situations with those who want to provide assistance where it will truly make a difference. Barbara’s vision was to create hope where little existed. Focusing on individual requests, we ask what every child needs to stay on their feet, to maintain their dignity, to keep their family together, to make the impossible possible. From the first small grant in 1998 through the end of 2018, MTF has assisted nearly 37,000 children and their families with 2.9 million dollars in grants … perhaps giving them a reason to feel “normal” and to have hope for the future.
Barbara saw firsthand the problems schools, social workers, and students faced due to the lack of funding to meet critical and emergency needs of children. Through Mothers Trust Foundation, she created a connection between willing donors and the professional social workers who identify children of families lacking funds to buy clothing, pay school fees, and cover other essential expenses needed to be successful in school and/or life. Barbara is the mother of six, grandmother of eight and continues to serve as an active board member and volunteer for Mothers Trust.