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Transportation Task Force Makes Recommendations to Address Challenges & Barriers

Transportation Task Force Makes Recommendations to Address Challenges & Barriers
The Impacting Poverty Commission was created by Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) to bring together community leaders and organizations to increase community awareness, set a vision, and develop an action plan to reduce poverty in Springfield-Greene County area. To help achieve its mission, the Commission asked CPO to form a Transportation Task Force to research transportation options and provide recommendations to address some or all of the transportation-related challenges and barriers of the under-resourced…

2016 ‘Every One Counts’ Campaign Releases Preliminary Numbers

2016 ‘Every One Counts’ Campaign Releases Preliminary Numbers
Data indicates hundreds of homeless struggle to survive in this community Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention Division collaborated with many local partners to conduct the annual “Every One Counts” Campaign, the local initiative in conjunction with the national Point In Time Homeless Count, Jan. 28, 2016.  Preliminary numbers released from the count indicate more than 300 individuals are currently experiencing some form of homelessness in our community. At least 160 people…

City of Springfield Releases Information on Poverty

City of Springfield Releases Information on Poverty
The City of Springfield Public Information Department has compiled a variety of information about poverty-related issues in Springfield. All of these resources are located at www.impactingpoverty.org and www.springfieldmo.gov/zoneblitz. City of Springfieldvideo story about the Community Summit: https://vimeo.com/142908451 Community Summit: Focus on Poverty keynote speakerDawn Lockhart’s speech (video): https://vimeo.com/142251876 Impacting Poverty Commission Report Summary printable PDF: http://www.impactingpoverty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IPCReport_InsertSummary_FINAL.pdf Impacting Poverty Commission Full Report printable PDF http://www.impactingpoverty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IPC-Report_FINAL-nobleed.pdf 2015 Community Focus Report: http://springfieldcommunityfocus.org/introduction.cfm View video of a Poverty Simulation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQFQnQS49ec Participate…

Scott Berndt – August 2015 Volunteer of the Month

Scott Berndt – August 2015 Volunteer of the Month
When we say that Scott Berndt goes above and beyond, we literally mean that. This summer he volunteered to help in the production of a domestic violence PSA we are producing. Scott operated our boom mic which meant keeping it above the actors heads, even if that meant dangling from a step ladder for more than an hour. This is just a small example of how he continues to go above and beyond with Community…

One Door Helping Homeless and Poverty Stricken Individuals Navigate Life

One Door Helping Homeless and Poverty Stricken Individuals Navigate Life
A typical day inside One Door’s office at the Springfield Affordable Housing Center yields dozens of people, all with different stories and many issues or hurdles to overcome. Recently, a client with several chronic illnesses and an 11 year old child visited needing assistance because she was struggling to make it to dialysis and to keep a roof over her family’s head. After navigating several emergency shelter options, One Door staff eventually helped by placing…

Missouri Customer Service Partnership Connects Foster Teens with Jobs and Mentors

Missouri Customer Service Partnership Connects Foster Teens with Jobs and Mentors
“Even though they are not family, they are as close as a family as I could ask for,” said Darrin Plumlee, a recent graduate of the Missouri Customer Service Partnership (MCSP). MCSP began in the fall of 2014 as a pilot initiative in Springfield and St. Louis to connect teens and young adults who have aged out of the foster system with a 10-week course that provides them with 3 professional certificates and 4 hours…

New 2015 KIDS Count® Data Report Released

New 2015 KIDS Count® Data Report Released
About 1.7 million more children live in low-income working families today than during the Great Recession, according to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie. E. Casey Foundation on July 21, 2015. In 2013, one in four children, 18.7 million, lived in a low-income working family in the United States. Nearly a third of children are living in families where no parent has full-time employment. And even when parents are working full…

2014 High-Risk and Homeless Youth Survey Results Released

2014 High-Risk and Homeless Youth Survey Results Released
(Springfield, MO) - Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Continuum of Care and the Homeless Youth Subcommittee along with The Kitchen Inc. unveiled results of the 2014 High-Risk and Homeless Youth Survey during a news conference Monday at the Rare Breed Youth Services. Findings of the report show that the number one reason youth are becoming homeless is because they are being kicked out by their parents. This reason increased from the number three spot just…

Community Partnership Launches State’s First Online Mandated Reporter Training

Community Partnership Launches State’s First Online Mandated Reporter Training
Greene County continues to deal with a high rate of child abuse and neglect when compared to other counties across the state. In the latest report from Missouri Children’s Division, there were 4,605 calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline from Greene County alone (CD Annual Report FY2014). Recognizing that this is a red flag issue, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and our partners continue to work to lower these numbers. One of the…

Asphalt Specialties – May 2015 Volunteer of the Month

Asphalt Specialties – May 2015 Volunteer of the Month
Asphalt Specialties, a local paving company, donated it's time, skills, and equipment at the Westside Neighborhood Clean-up. Owners David and Nancy Richards were on-site with a front loader to assist residents who were disposing of brush, bulk items, and construction materials. Because of Asphalt Specialties involvement, the neighborhood was able to load dumpsters easier and more effectively. The company donated over $500 in services. Additionally, they collected scrap metal and are donating the proceeds back…