Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSM)
When Southern Missouri was ravaged by the spring storms, thousands of individuals and families were drastically affected in Joplin, South Central and Southeast Missouri. Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSM) responded and continues to help those survivors of the tornado and floods. CCSM’s mission statement,” Motivated by the love of Christ, we seek to improve the lives of the vulnerable by providing quality, compassionate social services which meet local needs” is what drives our organization and dedicated staff. Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri provides help and creates hope for individuals and families regardless of religious, social or economic background.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri has been on the ground in Joplin since the tornado on May 22, 2011 providing disaster case management services, supplying needed items to survivors through the CCSM Donation and Distribution Center, coordinating volunteers from all over the country and managing home repairs and rebuilding projects. To date CCSM has assisted over 9,500 disaster survivors in Joplin through its diverse operations.
The case management office at 826 S Main has seven disaster case managers and a case manager supervisor assisting the tornado survivors. The case managers listen to the survivor’s story, help identify the client’s needs, locate resources and guide the clients in the development of a long term recovery plan that will lead to self sustainability. To date CCSM case managers have assisted over 3000 families during the immediate response and long term case management process.
The Donation and distribution center has distributed over 4800 Tons of relief supplies that have been distributed to disaster survivors; Items include personal hygiene supplies, clothing, household items, furniture, appliances and over 82 tons of food.
CCSM has coordinated and placed over 5000 volunteers from all over the country on cleanup and repair projects. Over 265 home received clean-up services and over 80 homes have been repaired. Three donated RV’s were given to disaster survivors who were homeless or living in dangerous conditions. One donated mobile home is being used as a temporary shelter.
In response to the needs of CCSM’s clients who are receiving case management services, our organization has become a leader in the repair and rebuilding effort. Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is collaborating with seven churches in Joplin to help families rebuild and restore their lives. Ignite Church, Emmanuel Lutheran, Royal Heights Methodist, Byers Avenue Methodist, Spring Hill Baptist Association ,First Presbyterian, and St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church are working with CCSM to repair and rebuild homes.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is working to help people restore and rebuild their lives and hopefully heal from the traumas they have experienced in Joplin and flood areas of southeast Missouri.
Contact information: Maura Taylor, Executive Director, 417-413-9790 cell