” I was recently blessed to get to know four unique, beautiful and brilliant women from our community—amazing individuals who are redefining what it means to shape and influence the community around us. They are thinking and living “outside the box,” breaking out of the traditional mold, and uplifting the communities, businesses and families in our region—and each of them has been a big inspiration to me… Molly Rice was born in Peoria, attending Woodruff High School, Illinois Central College and Bradley University. After working for several years with different social service organizations, then at Bradley, she moved to the small town of Rushville, where she met and married Mike Rice, a single father to three daughters. After learning about a shortage of foster parents, they became licensed in 2013. They had room to house more children, and they both had a drive to help others.”
Read the whole article, Women of Influence: Heart, Mind & Soul, here.
Learn more about Molly Beth Rice’s project, Good Soil for the Peoria North End Urban Garden, here.