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 wanted to leave a bag of hygiene items there for the person to find later. Across from the door is a cement retaining wall … between the wall and building there appears to be protection from the elements.”
Through your continued support of programs, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri reaches out to, provides hope for and changes the lives of homeless individuals, families and military veterans, helping them on the road to self-sufficiency.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.