Our History

CCSOMO is a faith-based 501(c)(3) agency established in 2009 and governed by a Board of Directors. We are part of the Catholic Charities USA network, which is comprised of 171 Catholic Charities agencies nationwide.

In 2009, when CCSOMO was established, no one predicted the great volume of community need and organizational opportunity that would arise in an incredibly short time frame. Today, from a two employee beginning, we have grown to a staff of more than 41 dedicated members.

In 2011, with the support of the local Catholic community, the diocese and our network of Catholic Charities organizations, CCSOMO faced the unprecedented natural disaster of the Joplin tornado and became a vital source of help for those who lost everything. This event catapulted us into action and growth. Our experience and expertise in responding to natural disasters allowed us to expand our home repair services and disaster recovery management services.

Our offices located in Cape Girardeau, Joplin and Springfield grew to include Sikeston and Van Buren, and we worked to expand our services with particular emphasis on the establishment of Family Strengthening programs.

In addition to mental health and family counseling offered from our Cape Girardeau office, we began to offer an alternative to abortion program, Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies, from our Sikeston office in 2012. Our programs continued to expand as we responded to the needs found in the communities we serve. We soon added youth mentoring, homeless prevention services, and services for the developmentally disabled.  In December 2013, we launched LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home. LifeHouse offers a safe, loving environment for homeless pregnant women and provides the resources, education and training needed to give them and their babies a chance at a better life.

In providing our many services, we never forget that at our core, we are a faith-based organization committed to answering Christ’s call to serve “the least among us.” CCSOMO along with our staff, volunteers and generous donors strive to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ, as we work to empower families on their path out of poverty.