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The Lovell Foundation of Toledo Community Foundation Awards Grant to Zepf Center

Published Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation to Zepf Center in the amount of $31,300. These funds will be used to support the Mosaic Art Project, which utilizes art as a vehicle to connect with people living with mental illness and reduce the stigma of mental illness in our community. 

The David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation envisions communities where mental health care is both barrier-and stigma-free as part of a broader approach to Integrative Health and Wellness. The Lovell Foundation prioritizes programs that aim to reduce the stigma around living with and seeking services for a mental health issue. Grants are provided for programming, capacity building and, in limited cases, general operations. 

This grant will be used to create a mosaic art installation under the coordination of Mosaic Artist, Gail Christofferson. Christofferson received the Lovell Grant in 2017 and created a mural in conjunction with the homeless community, to create public awareness of the impact of homelessness and mental illness. Christofferson says, “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Zepf Center and their clients on a new message to our community about mental illness.”

Stacy Spinazze, originator of the Zepf Expressive Art Program will play an active role in developing the visual concept and message for the artwork. “I am thrilled the grant will give us a powerful visual opportunity to educate our communities to reduce the stigma of mental illness.”

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 800 funds with assets of $300 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.toledocf.org or follow them on Facebook.

Zepf Center has been a Behavioral Healthcare resource in Toledo for over 40 years. Nationally recognized as a leader in quality care and treatment innovation, Zepf Center is committed to creating hope and recovery through integrated person-centered services. For more information on donating to Zepf Center please call Zepf Center at 419-841-7701 or visit www.zepfcenter.org.


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