Be Strong and Courageous Compassion Notes

Merry Christmas!

Dear CCO Partners,
This year we’ve been inspired by the story of George Bailey who discovered with the help of an angel named Clarence that one life touches every other life. This wonderful discovery, that his life had changed so many other lives, transformed George’s despair into pure, uninhibited, and infectious joy!
Of course, this story isn’t just about George Bailey… this is YOUR wonderful story!
Look at all the ways you’ve touched and changed lives this year through the 2017 Compassion Campaign:
  • 459 homeless women sheltered at Safe to Sleep.
  • 54,336 hungry children, seniors, and adults fed at Crosslines.
  • 1,096 foster children and at-risk children and youth and families served with clothing and self-esteem boosting programs at Ambassadors for Children.
  • 632 children and their families guided and encouraged with resources through the Early Childhood One Stop.
  • 193 low-income seniors receiving essential home repairs to stay independent and safe in their homes because of Connections Handyman Services.
  • 232 elementary students being mentored weekly by RSVP Reading Buddies.
  • 44 homebound adults/seniors who would otherwise worry about how to get groceries if not for being connected to a relationship with a Homebound Shopper.
  • 897 nursing home residents who were visited monthly by volunteers advocating for their rights by the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program.
  • 260 days when developmentally disabled adults enjoyed being nourished, encouraged, and cared for at Daybreak Adult Daycare.
  • 1,299,069 nutritious meals served to hungry children through the Child Care Food Program.
As 2017 comes to a close, here are a few specific ways to improve the quality of your life, and the lives of so many others, by giving to the 2017 Compassion Campaign.
In joyful service,

Mark Struckhoff
Executive Director

Women’s Cold Weather Shelter

Can your congregation help us make this a reality this year?

The Need in the Area:

In Springfield this winter there is no place for single, homeless women to go when the weather turns deadly cold outside. It is estimated that there are about 8 women or less that can’t or wish not to go to Safe to Sleep.


The shelter would be open any night from November 1 through March 31st that the temperatures fall below 32 degrees between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. (same as men’s emergency cold weather shelters).


Victory Square at 1610 N. Broadway, from 8:30 pm to 6:30 am.


Two volunteers will be present from 8:15 pm to 6:30 am. Volunteers can be men or women, but at least one woman must be there each night that the emergency cold weather shelter is open.

To make this happen we need the following items:

  • A room with a restroom available has been provided by Victory Mission (we can mark this off the list).
  • A coordinating team of 2 or 3 to organize volunteers.
  • Volunteer teams
    • 7 pairs of volunteers to stay overnight, one pair each night of the week.
    • Your church can help by providing volunteers for 1 or 2 nights per week. We want this to be a collaborative effort with our local churches.

How it works:

Church A provides volunteers on Mondays. Each Monday that the temperature is projected to fall below 32 degrees Church A would activate their volunteer team to work at Victory Square from 8:15 pm to 6:30 pm, checking in women, helping the women get settled, providing coffee, etc.


Safe to Sleep Christmas Cards Still Available

Card is blank inside. Back of the card reads:

“O Holy Night”
This card was created by local artist Dianne Baum for Safe to Sleep; all proceeds from sales benefit Safe to Sleep.

Safe to Sleep is a response to our Savior’s call to serve those in need.  Each night women who have no shelter find sanctuary in a church.  They receive a cot, sleeping bag, shower, evening snack and morning breakfast in a drug and alcohol-free environment.  Volunteers welcome guests each night in an atmosphere of dignity, harmony, and compassion.  All are blessed.


  • $5 each
  • Box of 5 for $20
  • Box of 10 for $30


An original numbered print of this design will come with a Certificate of Authenticity from the artist.  The prints are 8X10 plus matting, final size is 11×14.
Prints are $40 each

These items may be purchased at:

  • Council of Churches
    627 N. Glenstone
    Springfield, MO
  • Fresh Gallery
    400 W. Walnut
    Springfield, MO
  • Online

Call ahead 417-862-3586 and your items will be ready to pick up. For more information, call Jan @ 417 862-3586, Ext. 225.

 Volunteers still needed for Crosslines Christmas Distributions.

For more than 40 years Crosslines, a service outreach of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, has been making the holidays brighter for families living in Greene County.

Crosslines offers several holiday programs to serve the needs of our community. The Toystore offers brand-new toys for children who may not receive anything on Christmas, and our Holiday food baskets provide Christmas dinner for hungry families. Crosslines also arranges Adopt-a-Family programs in partnership with the Springfield News-Leader, KTTS, the Elks Lodge, and Bass Pro Shops.

We need your help! Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make food basket distributions and the Toystore a success. Groups of all sizes are welcome!


  • Monday, Dec. 11 through Friday, Dec. 15
    • Sort, move and pack toys to prepare for the distribution day.
    • Register Here


For more information visit or call 417-869-0563


Upcoming Events in Our CCO Community
2017 Nativity Celebration #LightTheWorld

Come join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Celebration of our Savior’s birth! LIVE Nativity Nightly, Hundreds of Nativity Displays, FREE Branson Entertainment.

Thursday December 7 – Sunday December 10, 2017. 5-9pm nightly.

Christmas Wrapping Party for Ambassadors for Children

December 13th

Beginning at 1:00 PM
319 Event Center
Volunteers needed to wrap gifts for hundreds of Greene County foster kids! 2 hour time slots available. Please call 708-0565 to sign up.
Crosslines Holiday Distribution

There are a few volunteer times that need to be filled. Could you or your church group help on December 16th?

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