Take a moment to meet clients George, Pam, Amanda, Joy, and Emily and listen to their stories. Click on the link below:
Recently, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri celebrated two major events—a much-appreciated donation and the opening of a new office.
On the morning of Friday, August 17, CCSOMO had one of its prayers answered when it received a donated minibus that is greatly needed in its Repair/Rebuild program for survivors of Joplin’s tornado. The seats will be removed to make room for transporting equipment, supplies and materials to and from construction sites. CCSOMO warehouse employee Nick Wood was excited, noting that he “no longer had to tie materials to the top of my car or spend time tracking down volunteers to bring items to us. We’ll get things done so much quicker and easier.” CCSOMO has completed repairs on over 100 homes and constructed five new homes in the last year. Joplin Area Catholic Schools also received a minibus. The drivers, who delivered the buses from Long Island, New York, were met with cheers when dozens of students and Catholic Charities’ workers gathered on the McAuley Catholic High School parking lot to greet them and show their gratitude for the donation. The buses were donated as part of a program begun by John D. Corr, president of Trans Group, Spring Valley, NY, in cooperation with the Order of Malta, a lay religious order of the Catholic Church.
Cycling For Change 2012 Goes to Joplin
Cycling for Change isn't just for cyclist anymore. Although they are still extremely active on their bikes, there is much more to this group than riding…especially their Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America. Both passions will lead them to Joplin, Missouri in a few weeks. Join them for a service day and evening ride on Wednesday, June 6th.
For more details about their ride, service day in Joplin, and Campaign to Reduce Poverty, please click on the link below. Hope to see you in Joplin!
Volunteers continue to make a huge difference in the ongoing relief efforts taking place in Joplin, Missouri. Click on the link provided below for a great article from the Joplin Globe highlighting some outstanding volunteer efforts.
A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words
The old saying is true "A picture's worth a thousand words". With that in mind, we thought we'd share a few of our picture's on the progress being made in Joplin. None of this work would have been possible without the generous donations of time, talent, and treasure that poured in from across the country. Thank you for your gifts, prayers, and continued support for our neighbors in need.
Click on the link below to see the special pictorial presentation.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is in Need of a Delivery Truck.
Catholic Charities is seeking a 15ft box truck equipped with a lift. The truck will be used to haul donations, building materials, and other project supplies to and from the Distribution Center to client project sites across southern Missouri.
Immediately after the devastating F5 tornado hit Joplin on May 22, 2011, there was a tremendous outpouring of support from all over the country. It truly is inspiring to see so many come to the aid of others. The caring response has touched the hearts of many, including Maura Taylor, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, who said "I was reminded of 'the good Samaritan' who did not turn his face away from those in need."
Gabe Tischler, Disaster Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri was recently in Baton Rouge, LA for a disaster preparedness seminar. During the seminar, he explained how faith spurs action after the devastating F5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri last May. To learn more about what he was talking about, please click on the link below to read an article written by Mark H. Hunter and published in the Advocate Newspaper, Baton Rouge, LA.
Progress Continues to be Made with
Home Repairs and Rebuilding Projects in Joplin
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri's Repair/Rebuild Office has become a leader in efforts to rebuild Joplin, Missouri. CCSM has established partnerships with other faith-based and non-profit organizations.
To date, more than 100 homes have been repaired and dozens more are now in progress with even more on a waiting list. Two homes were completely rebuilt and there are 9 houses currently under construction.
Catholic Charites of Southern Missouri was awarded a grant from the Joplin Recovery Fund that will pay for a full time Disaster Case Manager position in our Joplin office for one year. Click on the link below to read the complete story about this award.