The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter is delighted to announce the Family of Angel Funds grant program. The funds currently consists of “Jane’s Angel Fund” sponsored by Mark Calmes in memory and in honor of his wife Jane, who passed away from ALS in August 2017, and “Shelia’s Angel Fund” sponsored by Frank Riddick in memory and in honor of his wife Shelia who passed away from ALS in July 2020.
The Family of Angel Funds grant program seeks to reduce the financial burden of ALS for those living with the disease and their families. The program will provide financial assistance for expenses that are not traditionally covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Additionally, assistance will be provided for certain emergency needs not covered by these and other assistance programs.
The program offset the costs associated with respite care, medical equipment/supplies, communication needs, home modifications, transportation needs and certain emergency circumstances. Legal fees are not eligible.
The Family of Angel Funds program will offer financial support through reimbursements and/or direct payment to a provider/vendor in some cases.
Applications are accepted and processed as they are received and awards granted until funds are no longer available each year. Grants will be awarded four times a year in February, May, August, and November through a selection process administered by the Family of Angels Fund Committee. First time applicants, as well as those exhibiting dire and/or debilitating personal, psychological, familial, medical, or financial circumstances may be given priority.
Eligible applicants include all patients registered with the ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter who have an ALS or PLS diagnosis and demonstrate a financial need. Applicants must fill out the entire grant application and return it to The Chapter by the application deadlines outlined below in order to be considered.
Grants are generally made in amounts up to $1000, although exceptions can be made base on the need (please contact Anna Zelinske, (314-432-7257 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org). This can be a onetime request or funds can be spread out over the grant cycles as long as funds are available each year. Applicants may also apply multiple times per year. The program only reimburses applicants or pays providers/vendors for specific expenses. Please consult the list of eligible and ineligible expenses here before submitting your application.
Also, please be aware the program requires applicants to submit receipts, proof of payment, and/or an official quote from a provider/vendor before we disburse payment to the applicant.
Jane’s Angel Fund
Jane Calmes was an accomplished dental hygienist and loved working with the public, all the while providing a necessary service with gentle thoroughness, for which she was noted. She married Mark Calmes in 1980 and together they had four children. Jane was also an ALS hero, having fought the disease for eight years through pure grit and determination. Jane passed away peacefully at home on August 16, 2017, in the arms of her husband and surrounded by her loving family.
Shelia’s Angel Fund
Shelia Riddick was a person that lived life to its fullest. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother and friend. The thing that made her the happiest was helping other people. Shelia lost her battle with ALS on July 29, 2020. In her honor, Shelia’s family is establishing the Shelia Angel Fund to continue Shelia’s tradition of helping others. While battling ALS, Shelia’s considered anything that improved her mobility as an enhancement to her quality of life. As such, the fund’s primary focus will be on providing equipment and services to improve mobility for ALS patients.
Stella and Shirley Angel Fund
Stella Wibbenmeyer Schwent was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She worked hard, smiled often and spoiled her grand children. She lost her battle to ALS on Christmas Day 1996. Unfortunately, she was not the first in her family to fight this disease, nor would she be the last. Stella lost a brother to ALS and would eventually lose a niece as well. In 2021, her daughter Shirley Schwent Fox, began her own battle against ALS. Shirley is a wonderful mother of three, a loving grandma of 10, a sister and a friend to many. Shirley has required in-home nursing support for medical treatment and anticipates needing more support as her disease progresses. As such, the family has established the Stella and Shirley Angel Fund to support in-home nursing care for families.
To learn more about establishing your own Angel Fund please contact Natalie Pottebaum, Development Director, at email@example.com or 314-432-7257.