Recent Posts by John Farmer de la Torre

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri kick’s off 10th anniversary year with picnic

[caption id="attachment_6349" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The Most Reverend Bishop Edward M. Rice of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau cuts the ceremonial ribbon presented by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors on the occasion of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri’s 10th anniversary, July 24, 2019, in Springfield. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Farmer de la Torre/CCSOMO.[/caption] It was on July 24, 2009, that Articles of Incorporation were received from the State of Misso

LifeHouse Giving Opportunities and Wish List for August 2019

LIFEHOUSE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES AND WISH LIST FOR AUGUST 2019 Please consider giving to LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home, a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. Residents at LifeHouse are busy working to rebuild their lives. Your help is very much appreciated. Urgent Needs Diaper Bags Hair Cut Gift Cards Towels (Hand and Bath) Fitted Play-Yard Sheets (different from crib sheets)   Hygiene Deodorant Hair Conditioner Body Wash   C

Safe & Sound Saturday featuring Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri and Plan.Prepare.Protect, a disaster preparedness project

[caption id="attachment_6126" align="alignnone" width="300"] Plan.Prepare.Protect is a disaster preparedness curriculum offered by CCSOMO.[/caption] Make your way over to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds (3001 N. Grant, Springfield, Mo., Booth W-15) this Saturday, April 13, 2019, for "Safe & Sound Saturday" featuring Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO). Staff will be on hand to speak about the agency's disaster preparedness curriculum, Plan.Prepare.Protect, and to recognize volun

Knights Golf Tournament

Immaculate Conception Knights of Columbus Council 13681 is hosting a Golf Tournament to benefit LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home. The 4-person scramble tournament will take place at Fremont Hills Country Club on Monday, September 18. For more information, click here.

KY3 – Volunteers continue to repair homes flooded 6 months ago

KY3 Volunteers continue to repair homes flooded 6 months ago By Drew Douglas | Posted: Thu 6:20 PM, Jun 16, 2016 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) Doris Marsh's home is finally being repaired after being flooded back in January. Marsh remembers the moment she realized her converted garage was full of water, "When I stepped down and I stepped in water. And my feet got wet, and I thought, oh, what is this?" She applied for FEMA help, but didn't qualify. "So then I thought, what am

KSPR – Young volunteers repair homes damaged by winter floods

Young volunteers repair homes damaged by winter floods By Sheena Elzie, KSPR News | Posted: Thu 11:33 AM, Jun 16, 2016  | SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - With those sky-high temperatures, you might not think about flooding. For almost 500 home owners in Greene County, however, the damage left behind is a constant reminder of the winter floods. Back in December and January heavy rains hit the Ozarks, leaving streets and basements underwater. One group is stepping up to help. Volun


News Release For release June 15, 2016   CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF SOUTHERN MISSOURI WORKS WITH VOLUNTEERS  TO REPAIR HOMES DAMAGED IN HISTORIC WINTER FLOODS   Hundreds of individuals were impacted by the historic flooding that occurred this last December and January. In the last two months, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) staff and volunteers reached out by phone call to hundreds of families throughout southern Missouri who had applied for FEMA assistance, to i

Groups rehab Cape Girardeau couple’s home

Groups rehab Cape Girardeau couple's home Thursday, March 31, 2016 You have health problems. You don't have much money. And then your home is condemned because it has fallen into disrepair due to your health and money issues. It's an unthinkable scenario for some, but a Cape Girardeau couple found themselves in exactly this situation last year. Then, they were given hope. Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, along with volunteers and area businesses such as 4 Site Counseling,

Catholic Charities helps eligible individuals apply for nutrition assistance program

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri press release 4/6/2016 For Immediate Release CATHOLIC CHARITIES HELPS ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS APPLY FOR NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM   At Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), we are committed to helping those who are eligible apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance so that they and their families can live healthier lives.   SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) helps Missourians with low

Team of volunteers helps restore struggling couple’s home

Thursday, March 17, 2016 By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian James King and Lillian Martin pose for a photo Wednesday on the front porch of their newly remodeled home in Cape Girardeau. When their house on Giboney Street was condemned last year, James King and Lilian Martin were forced to move out and take refuge with relatives. Their home had fallen into disrepair because of health problems and poverty. Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri stepped in to help King and Mart

Bishop’s Walk

Register Today Families Helping Families The Bishop's Walk for Catholic Charities—Families Helping Families—will be Sunday, April 15. Bishop Edward Rice will be participating at the Bishop's Walk in Joplin. The Bishop's Walk is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need! It's also a fun, family-friendly, and community-building event. But most important, all proceeds support the poor and vulnerable in our communities through the programs of Catholic Char

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Donate Now

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Thank you for registering for Bishop's Walk 2018! Your kindness and generosity will change a life! Your payment has been received and will be processed right away. You will also receive a final confirmation email for your records. If you have any questions, please email or call 417-720-4213.  

Thank You

Thank you for donating to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri! Your donation has been received and will be processed in the next 1-3 days. You will also receive a final confirmation email for your records. If you have any questions, please email or call 417-720-4213.

Bishop’s Walk Registration

Suggested donation is $20 per Walker; $50 per Family of walkers. If paying more than $20, enter the number of people in the Quantity box and click "Update" to update the total price. Enter 3 and "Update"  for family ($50). Registration fee includes a t-shirt. Last day to order t-shirts is March 23. [authnetco]

Give Ozarks Day May 5

LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home is taking part in the Community Foundation of the Ozarks “Day of Giving” May 5, 2015.  This is a major online fundraising event for the non-profit partners of the Community Foundation. To find out the details on how to support LifeHouse on this day of giving, go to  All the funds LifeHouse receives this day will be go to our PURCHASE A MINIVAN FUND, providing transportation for our moms and babies to the programs and services they ne

Dinner for Life had wonderful success this year

Dinner for Life raises crucial funding for LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home Springfield MO -  Published in The Mirror A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by Jeffrey Sweet) Over 300 caring individuals gathered at the White River Conference Center in Springfield on Sept. 15 to express their support for homeless, pregnant women who choose life for their babies. Dinner for Life is the annual fundraiser in support of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home, a program of Catholic Cha

LifeHouse Feels the Love!

We are so thankful for the generosity of John Widiger and Youngblood Auto Group in Springfield. We came to John with grant funds to purchase a vehicle for LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home to transport our women and babies to appointments. Through a donation to LifeHouse, John made it possible for us to upgrade our purchase to a 2017 Nissan Rogue. He is pictured here with CCSOMO Executive Director Maura Taylor and Michele Marsh, Director of LifeHouse.

Catholic Charities Responds to Needs of Those Affected by the Floods

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is the primary disaster case management provider for southern Missouri.              Flood survivors with unmet needs may receive long-term              recovery assistance, and help with home repairs.   [caption id="attachment_4638" align="alignright" width="300"] Downtown Van Buren[/caption] Between May 8 and May 17, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) participated in 12 Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) held

Be Tornado Ready

Severe Weather Season is Here. March - June are when tornadoes are most likely to occur; however, tornadoes can strike at any time. Extreme tornadic wind can damage and destroy homes and property, and cause injuries. Heed Warnings The National Weather Service issues watches and warnings for severe weather. "Tornado Watch" means that there is potential for a tornado, be prepared to take shelter. "Tornado Warning" means there is a tornado, take shelter immediately. Do not wait for a "T

Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation helps to provide critical health education to LifeHouse residents

LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home nurse Karen Rice spends much of her days providing health education to residents, and we are so grateful to Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation (OHAF) for helping to make this education possible. LifeHouse cares for homeless, pregnant women and many are high-risk pregnancies. OHAF's grant to LifeHouse in 2016 has helped to provide for the women's essential health care needs, one of our most important goals. OHAF's funding was used for pregnancy and drug testing,

Are you prepared for a disaster?

Disasters can affect all of us.               Do you know all the details of your insurance coverage if disaster strikes? Insurance can make a big difference in your household's ability to recover. Discuss with your insurance agent whether your current coverage is right for your family. Click here for more information. Need this information in Spanish to share with friends or family? Click here   

Service coordination for individuals with developmental Disabilities

Through our services in Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties, we help individuals with developmental disabilities acquire the services and supports they need to maximize their potential and strengthen their level of independence Nonverbal, confined to a wheelchair, unhappy—something needed to change for Steven. [caption id="attachment_3894" align="alignleft" width="300"] Steven now raises his head, sits up straight, and smiles. He has made great progress since he moved into a group home. Hi

HURRY–55% Tax Credit opportunity available until end of April

Help your neighbors in need right here in southern Missouri and receive substantial tax savings! Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is excited to announce that it has been awarded State of Missouri tax credits for its affordable housing activities. The Affordable Housing Assistance Program (AHAP) Tax Credits are offered at a rate of 55%! This means that 55% of your contribution is deducted directly from your Missouri tax liability. (For example, a $5,000 donation would receive $2,75

Another Successful Dinner for Life!!

CATHOLIC CHARITIES CELEBRATES MOMS AND BABIES AND OFFERS BEST WISHES TO BISHOP JOHNSTON Because of wonderful sponsors and generous donors, Dinner for Life 2015 raised over $190,000 to support the moms and babies at LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home through the coming year! Three hundred guests gathered at White River Conference Center in Springfield on the evening of September 18 to enjoy live music, dinner, and an exciting silent and live auction. The Dessert Dash was an audience favorite a

Our First Annual Bishop’s Walk was a Success!

First Annual Bishop’s Walk – Families Helping Families – is a great success It was a wonderful First Bishop’s Walk! Whether your Walk was large or small, many parishioners have expressed how much fun they had. One of the organizers in Lamar, Tim Pashia, stated after the event, “It was nice to see the parish at an organized event outside of church.  We had a blast!” Mary Lippert from Kimberling City said, “Everyone is asking will we have this walk again.  Our Lady of the Cove