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.
Ambassadors for Children
Help vulnerable children in foster care gain access to self-esteem-boosting items and activities.
Ambassadors for Children provides self-esteem enhancing services for children in foster care in Greene, Christian, and Taney Counties. Foster children are equipped with comfort items in a backpack; new clothing from the Kids’ Closet, and other programs intended to offer self-confidence and a sense of personal pride.
Childcare Food Program
Receive reimbursement for providing healthy meals in a home-based, licensed daycare
Child Care Aware ® of Southern MO
Access referrals for all early childhood needs
Child Care Aware® of Southern MO has been providing families with childcare referrals since 1992. Serving child care aged children and their families in 38 counties, Child Care Aware ® of Southern MO also operates the Early Childhood One Stop, a singular destination for any type of early childhood referral need.
Connections Handyman Service
Help licensed contractors make essential home repairs for seniors and individuals with disabilities
Crosslines Food Pantry
Providing food for hungry families and children in Greene County
Crosslines food pantry and community resource center is Greene County’s largest food pantry. Established in 1969, Crosslines served nearly 60,000 people in 2014–a record. Serving families out of a pantry featuring a client choice model, Crosslines provides emergency food assistance in a dignified and compassionate environment.