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.

a better quality of life

Although these statistics are startling, our community’s organizations, such as the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, are working to move the needle on poverty by coming alongside families to resource them for a better quality of life for them and their children.

Compassion is recognizing distress and showing love and kindness to help. At the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, we show compassion everyday by assisting families in crisis who need food; women in crisis seeking shelter; children who need love as they come from abuse and neglect. We do this every day in the Ozarks through a collaborative model that unites nine unique outreach services, each one helping to address the growing and urgent needs of our community.

The need cannot be denied any longer. Families, children, women and seniors are suffering in our community and we can help them.