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March 2017 Compassion Notes

Dear CCO Partners and Friends,

The St. Patrick’s Day Gala benefit for our CCO Foundation and our day-to-day operations was a great event! With more than
180 people in attendance – sporting various shades of green hats, scarves, ties, and even hair –  this signature fundraising event raised more than $45,000! Our Gala Committee, guided by Kaye Foster Gibson, President of the CCO Foundation, did a wonderful job making this year’s gala the best ever! I hope you’ll plan to join us for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Gala!
The lore and legend of St. Patrick, considered by many to be the patron Saint of Ireland, is plentiful this time of year. One of my favorite treasures of Irish lore is a beautiful prayer attributed to St. Patrick. Here’s a brief selection from this prayer:
May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us…
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Your Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.
In the spirit of this prayer, I give thanks for the many ways that God is piloting, preserving, instructing, protecting, directing, and defending our shared work to improve the quality of life through compassionate serve and outreach to our most vulnerable neighbors here in the Ozarks. God is working faithfully through you and hundreds of other compassionate souls like you, as together we share in the boundless love of Christ.
In Joyful Service,
Mark Struckhoff

Mark Struckhoff
Executive Director
P.S. For pictures of this years event, visit our Facebook page. 

Meet “Tim”, a client at Daybreak Adult Daycare.
Hi my name is Tim. I am 21 years old. I love, love, love to come to Daybreak! The staff at Daybreak give me extra big portions for breakfast and lunch and slip me a few extra snacks.  My favorite is chocolate peanut butter sandwiches.  I am so thankful for this.  Sometimes I don’t have food to eat when I leave Daybreak. People try to tell my mom how to get help and sometimes she takes us places like “Rare Breed” to eat. It is tough right now because we have moved from place to place trying to find a place for our family to sleep. Mom really tries but she doesn’t like to ask people for help.  It’s been a tough year and my Daybreak family has bought me special birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, clothes and food. I love them so much. My favorite gift was the Pekachu costume my nurse gave me for Halloween! Don’t you know the neighbors at the hotel were surprised when they saw a 6ft Pekachu coming their way! Thank you my Daybreak family!!

Sweetheart Night
This year’s event will be on April 22nd at the Highland Springs Country Club. Tickets on sale now. Sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals are still available. Learn more.
All gift’s up to $30,000 will be matched by sweethearts Bill and Virginia Darr.

Clergy Training Event
Saturday, March 25
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Lunch Provided
Equip pastors and other faith leaders, in the greater Springfield area, in the “how-to’s” of caring for and ministering to veterans of war and their families, as well as to mobilize a multi-denominational church response to the veteran ministry need. 
Register by email with Tommy Goode

Church2Church Challenge
We are excited to share with you and a select group of partners that National Avenue Christian Church is offering a $10,000 Church2Church Challenge.  This is a dollar-for-dollar match for contributions made by churches up to $10,000 for Safe to Sleep. Thank you National Avenue Christian Church! For more information please contact
Romona Baker at

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