The Council of Churches of the Ozarks is a 501c(3) non-profit organization which was established in 1969 to collectively mobilize local faith groups in response to community needs. As a membership organization of churches from a variety of denominations and backgrounds, each service offered through CCO is an extension of the member churches mission to serve the under-resourced. For over 40 years, CCO has continued to respond to the community needs through nine outreach services offering specific programs to the community including: providing food and emergency assistance for families in crisis(Crosslines); Image-enhancing programs and clothing for abused and neglected children (Ambassadors for Children); essential home repairs for the elderly (Connections Handyman Service); safe overnight shelter for homeless women (Safe to Sleep); advocacy for long-term care residents (Ombudsman); early childhood referrals for education and assistance (Child Care Aware © of Southern Missouri); medically monitored daycare for adults with disabilities (Daybreak Adult Day Care); and monitoring nutritious meals for children in licensed, home-based daycares (Child Care Food Program).
The 2016 Compassion Campaign
Currently, the Ozarks is at a pivotal tipping point with poverty. The recently released Community Focus Report indicates that nearly 26% of Springfield residents’ income is below the poverty line – which is nearly double the Missouri state average. The current rates of child abuse and neglect in Greene County remain much higher than Missouri state averages and nearly 55% of Springfield public school students qualify for free and reduced lunches. Some of our Springfield schools have a staggering number of children in poverty at over 75%! There is an urgent need for overnight shelters and a number of homes falling in disrepair.
The Council of Churches of the Ozarks’ Compassion Campaign brings together caring hearts and hands to provide life-changing services to people in need in our community. An unrestricted gift in support of the Compassion Campaign (CCO’s annual campaign) helps to ensure all nine outreach services will continue to serve uninterrupted.
Ambassadors for Children
Renewing hope for abused and neglected children in foster care
Childcare Food Program
Monitoring healthy meals in license in-home daycares
Child Care Aware (R) of Southern Missouri
Quality training for early childhood professionals
Connections Handyman Services
Essential home repairs for low-income seniors
A food pantry and services for families in crisis
Daybreak Adult Day Care
Providing medically-monitored adult daycare
Long-term Care Ombudsman Program
Advocating for the rights of long-term care facility residents
Connecting seniors to volunteering in the community
Safe to Sleep
Providing overnight shelter to homeless women