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Poverty Information

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 and



Community Listen & Zone Blitz


Heat Maps Presented in Community Listen Meetings (PDF)

Other United Way Affiliate Programs

American Red Cross, Greater Ozarks Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass 65803, 832.9500

Provides relief to victims of disaster, military emergency communication, and health and safety courses in first aid, CPR, AIDS education and water safety.


Arc of the Ozarks

1501 E. Pythian, 864.7887

Provides an array of programs and services to persons with disabilities, designed to meet residential, employment, respite, advocacy, recreational, social, and educational needs.


Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks

3372 W. Battlefield, 889.9136

Matches dependable, caring adult volunteers with at-risk children for role-modeling, friendship and tutoring.


Boy Scouts of America, Ozarks Trails Council #306

1616 S. Eastgate, 883.1636

Provides value based outdoor educational character building activities that help to develop self-esteem physical and mental fitness while teaching leadership and social skills.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield

Administration Center, 1410 N. Fremont Avenue, 862.9249

Henderson Unit, 835 W. Calhoun, 869.4111

Stalnaker Unit, 1410 N. Fremont Avenue, 865.2821

Musgrave Unit, 720 S. Park, 869.8211

Provides programs that guide and direct youth from all backgrounds, with a special concern for those from at risk circumstances, through social, physical and educational development activities, that will teach them the values of life, strengthen their self-esteem and make them better citizens of our community.


Boys & Girls Town of Missouri

1212 W. Lombard, 865.1646

The Ozarks Family Resource Center is a program that provides twenty-four hour, seven days a week emergency shelter and assessment for children who have been removed from crisis situations.


Child Advocacy Center

1033 E. Walnut, 831.2327

Provides a child-friendly environment which offers objective forensic interviews and sensitive medical exams for alleged victims of child abuse.


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

1111 S. Glenstone Ave., Suite 2-100, 864.6202

Volunteers work to see that children in foster care receive a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible instead of lingering in the system.


Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO)

1545 E. Pythian, 831.1545

DCO provides a wide range of educational and therapeutic services to infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities.


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

210 S. Ingram Mill Road, 862.0004

By providing the best leadership development experience, we help girls’ ages 5-17 develop the courage, confidence and character needed to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.


Habitat for Humanity

2410 S. Scenic – 65807, 829.4001

Uses volunteers to build decent, affordable homes, partnering with low-income families. Habitat ReStore sells donated new and used discount building materials.


Harmony House

519 E. Cherry, 837.7700, Hotline

Offers temporary shelter and services for victims of domestic violence. Referral services, crisis intervention counseling, support groups, children’s programs, victim advocacy, and community education are also provided.


The Kitchen Medical and Dental Clinic

1630 N. Jefferson, 837.1504

The Kitchen Clinic provides free medical and dental care for people with low income, no health insurance and no other resources to help with their medical needs.


Lutheran Family and Children’s Services

2130 N. Glenstone 65803, 862.1972

Provides services to birth parents experiencing unplanned pregnancies or having difficulty parenting. Offers licensed foster care for infants and children awaiting adoptive placement and provides comprehensive adoption services.


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of SW MO

1701 S. Campbell, 864.7119, Warm Line: 864.3027 or 877.535.4357

Is committed to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness by providing support, education, advocacy and referrals to consumers and family members at no charge.


Ozarks Counseling Center

1550-A E. Battlefield – 65804, 869.9011 Bolivar 777-4057

Provides individual, couples, and family counseling for adults, teens and children. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Information and referral on substance abuse is also available.


Ozarks Literacy Council

300 S. Jefferson, Suite 302, 886.5499

Provides individual tutoring for adult English speaking low-level or non-readers and English for speakers of other languages. Reading advocacy and child and family literacy programs reach special-needs, at-risk, pre-school, and school age children. All services are free and confidential.


Ozarks Regional YMCA

Ward Branch, 417 S. Jefferson, 862.7456

Jones Branch, 1901 E. Republic Rd. 881.1599

Provides before – and after-school child care programs for children; scholarships for low-income families and individuals of all ages; and comprehensive health, fitness, aquatics, youth sports, camping, and educational programs for all.


Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

627 N. Glenstone, 862.3595

Gives senior adults, ages 55+, opportunities to use their skills and resources in volunteer services meeting critical community needs for the nonprofit and public agencies of the community.


The Salvation Army

1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, 862.5509

Works with individuals and families in need of emergency assistance such as shelter, housing, utilities, rent, food, clothing, and furniture. Provides an after-school recreational program, summer day camp program, senior programs, and disaster relief assistance.


Kids First Fund

1359 E St Louis St, 523-1630

Provides for at-risk students in Springfield Public Schools with medical, dental, vision and other health needs.


United Services Organization (USO)


Provides services to military families


The Victim Center

819 Boonville – 65802, 863.7273, HOTLINE, 864.SAFE

Provides 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy for victims of violent and sexual crimes including sexual abuse, domestic violence, armed robbery, work place violence, aggravated assault and surviving family members of homicide and D.W.I. victims. Prevention programs are available for schools and the community. The Victim Center serves children and adults.



Early Childhood Resources

  • Born Learning (United Way/Civitas Initiative) –
    United Way of America and United Way Success By 6 are partnering with the Ad Council, Civitas and Families and Work Institute to create Born Learning, an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. Visit this site for ages and stages developmental information and sign up for a free email newsletter.
  • Child Care Aware® of Missouri – Southern Region –
    Child Care Aware® of Missouri assists families in finding child care and accessible child care for children with special needs. Support is offered to child care providers through newsletters, training calendars, technical assistance and training opportunities. Child care data is available for the community.
  • Devereux Early Childhood Initiative –
    Explore this site for information about the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA), a social emotional assessment tool. Available trainings, research and bulletins, and products designed to support social emotional growth are highlighted.
  • Mayor’s Commission –
    The Mayor’s Commission for Children, a 27-member volunteer advisory board, was formed by city ordinance in November 2004 with the purpose of bringing education and awareness to the community about issues affecting young children ages 0-8 years. A major focus for the Commission has been school readiness for kindergartners.
  • Missouri Accreditation –
    Missouri Accreditation provides quality standards for child care programs serving children from birth through school age. To receive Missouri Accreditation, a program has to exceed state licensing requirements. The focus is on qualitative aspects of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth opportunities afforded to children.
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Early Childhood –
    The Conference on the Young Years, Missouri Preschool Project, Parents as Teachers, Missouri Preschool Project and the Preschool Learning Standards information is highlighted on this site.
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –
    Click on “Protecting the Public” to find “Show Me Child Care,” a listing of licensed child care providers. Child care licensing regulations can be found on this website as can the Family Care Safety Registry. Recalls, health alerts, links to health related projects and information and more is found on this website.
  • Missouri Department of Social Services –
    Information about child care subsidies rates and eligibility, Start Up and Expansion grants, Stay at Home Parents grants, foster and adoption services and reporting child abuse can be found on this site.
  • Missouri State University Early Childhood –
    Read about the programs and degrees (including CDA) awarded by Missouri State University. This site also includes information about scholarships, hours, contacts and the Child Development Center.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children –
    NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 100,000 members local and internationally. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children. Visit the website for resources and to sign up for free federal legislative email updates.
  • Ozark Technical Community College –
    OTC offers an AA degree in Early Childhood Development and CDA classes. Their new child (2007) development center is open to tours and houses a large meeting room available to the public.
  • Parent Information and Resource Center –
    Missouri PIRC-Southwest provides parents, community organizations, early childhood caregivers, and schools with training and information on No Child Left Behind, parent involvement, school readiness and social/emotional development.
  • Parents as Teachers –
    This is the national Parents as Teachers website, which offers information such as parenting tips and resources as well as contact information for a PAT in your area.
  • Red Wagon Kids –
    Red Wagon Kids is a community-driven planning process consisting of six work groups representing business, faith, health, education, policy and service agencies. Red Wagon Kids will address ways to ensure our community provides our youngest children (approx 0-8 years) with the best opportunity to succeed in school and life.
  • Safe Kids Springfield –
    Safe Kids Springfield is one of more than 300 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Springfield is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury.

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Homeless Prevention Resources

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