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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

LifeHouse receives OFH grant

At LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home, homeless, pregnant women are finding nourishing food, and plenty of it, for themselves and their babies. And, Ozarks Food Harvest has helped to make that possible. LifeHouse received a $1,000 matching grant from OFH this year, and we are so grateful! LifeHouse Director Michele said, "I remember so well a woman who came to us, and she was pregnant with twins. On her first day at LifeHouse, I noticed that she spent much of the afternoon and evening in the di

Help available for Winter 2015 flood recovery

winter 2015 flood recovery assistance

Help still available for those affected by Winter 2015 flooding Springfield, Mo.––Hundreds of individuals were affected by the historic flooding that occurred in December 2015 and January 2016 across areas of southern Missouri. The floods were declared a national disaster, and there continue to be survivors that have not fully recovered. The Missouri Disaster Case Management Program (MoDCMP) recently selected Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri as the Provider Agency for Region B whic

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   

Everyone Counts

point in time count

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers assisted in statewide point-in-time count. In late January 2017, CCSOMO staff and volunteers assisted in several counties with the Point-in-Time Count, a census of homeless individuals and families. For our staff in the Joplin area, a picture was worth a thousand words. “I wish I had the back story,” noted Callie Lankford, case management supervisor for CCSOMO’s Joplin office. “The pillow and blanket were already there. When we spotted it, we w

Prepare now for winter weather travel

car in snow

Brrrrr! There's a definite crispness to the air today, and this change in temperature arrived alongside Winter Weather Preparedness Day. Anticipate winter weather now and prepare by stocking your vehicle with an emergency kit: First-aid kit Cell phone charger Flashlight and extra batteries Water and snacks Ice scraper and snow brush Boots, gloves and warm clothes for everyone in the car Music and games to help pass the time Jumper cables Flares and safety markers

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


Below, our friends, Rick and Rhonda Cuba, share their personal reasons for supporting Catholic Charities and in particular, LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home. We asked Rick and Rhonda to share their story as an example of all our supporters who mean so much to us. Whether you give $10 a month, volunteer a few hours a week, or give a major gift to keep our doors open, friends like you mean the world to us. And it’s important for the women we help to know that they have people like you on their