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

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.

It was on July 24, 2009, that Articles of Incorporation were received from the State of Missouri forming Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri as a nonprofit charity corporation. In the 10 years since, this ministry has helped more than 33,000 individuals and families in need, and has benefited from the efforts of nearly 34,000 volunteers who donated nearly 230,000 hours of their time.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri was organized to help our most vulnerable neighbors. It is organized love. We thank you for your support and pray you will continue to walk with us in our second decade as we continue to walk with our clients who benefit from the holistic social services approach we utilize to bring people toward self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Executive Director Maura Taylor shares success stories of clients to an audience of supporters, volunteers, and elected officials on the occasion of the organizations 10th anniversary kick-off picnic, July 24, 2019, in Springfield. Pictured left to right, the Most Reverend Bishop Edward M. Rice of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri Speaker of the House of Representatives Elijah Haahr, and Springfield councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Farmer de la Torre/CCSOMO.

These current staff from the Springfield and Joplin offices of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri joined Executive Director Maura Taylor (center) at the 10th anniversary kick-off picnic held on July 24, 2019, in Springfield.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Executive Director Maura Taylor shares success stories of clients to an audience of supporters, volunteers, and elected officials on the occasion of the organizations 10th anniversary kick-off picnic, July 24, 2019, in Springfield. The Knights of Columbus Council 13681 helped setup the picnic attended by an estimated 180 people; and the Parish Council of Catholic Women at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton coordinated the Mass attended by an estimated 125 people. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Farmer de la Torre/CCSOMO.

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