Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey received the 2016 Elaine Aber Humanitarian Award from Empower Missouri at that organization’s annual conference last week. The award was presented by Nancy D. Spargo of St. Louis Center for Family Development.
The Elaine Aber Humanitarian Award is given to the person or organization who has contributed to the mission of Empower Missouri through education, research, policy development and/or advocacy in one of the following task force issue areas: Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Health and Mental Health, Affordable Housing and Homelessness, Human Rights, Hunger.
The Elaine Aber Humanitarian Award was created by the Empower Missouri State Board in 2001 to honor Mrs. Aber’s long time work in social justice. She was a member of Empower Missouri for 45 years. Born in Mount Sterling, Missouri, she spent her adult life in Jefferson City and became a lifelong champion of human rights. She worked for the creation of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights in 1957 and the Public Accommodations Law in 1963. She was the first white woman to enter Lincoln University and was a dedicated volunteer leader in many area charities.
Empower Missouri advocates for the well-being of all Missourians through civic leadership, education and research. Founded in 1901, the organization has operated under four names, including Missouri Association for Social Welfare from 1933 until 2014, and has focused continuously on improving public policy to ensure access to basic human needs and promote equity.