Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Courtesy of Adam Bodendieck/Director of Homeless Services CPO O’Reilly Center for Hope

This week, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Adam Bodendieck, director of homeless services Community Partnership of the Ozarks O’Reilly Center for Hope.

Today’s discussion explores the mission and “one-stop-shop” services the center provides for the homeless and home insecure.    

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Sheltering homeless people at Springfield's Crisis Cold Weather Shelters requires the work of many volunteers.  And the Community Partnership of the Ozarks has put out a call for more people to step up and help.

Amanda Stadler, continuum of care coordinator for the nonprofit organization, said there’s currently a critical need for overnight volunteers.

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During this bitter cold snap, it’s more important than ever for the homeless to have a warm place to stay.  Four churches in Springfield are serving as “crisis cold weather shelters.” One of those is Brentwood Christian Church.  It’s offering space for couples and single men.  Other churches serve as shelters for women and men separately.

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As part of our ongoing series Making a Difference, produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, we present another Conversation on Collaboration.  Today, we look at collaborative solutions put forth by the CFO, The United Way of the Ozarks, and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, to support local and regional COVID-19 coronavirus relief efforts.

Brian Fogle is president of the Community Foundation Of The Ozarks.

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November is Homeless Awareness Month, and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks is working to educate the public about unsheltered individuals in southwest Missouri.

During the Point in Time homeless count in January, mandated by the federal government, there were 82 unsheltered individuals.  But Michelle Hethcoat, special projects coordinator for Community Partnership, said that doesn’t tell the whole story.

A mental health program for teens is being expanded in southwest Missouri.  The Community Partnership of the Ozarks says the teen Mental Health First Aid (or tMHFA) pilot program is now in five more area schools.  It began last year at Kickapoo High School but this year is being offered for 10th and 12th graders at Central, Parkview, Greenwood Laboratory School, Springfield Catholic High School and Galena High School as well. 

Courtesy of Amanda Stadler-CPO

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Maggie Castrey, speaks with Amanda Stadler, Continuum of Care Coordinator with Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO).

Stadler speaks about the many pieces of the problem contributing to homelessness. She talks about increasing awareness and bridging the gaps between services and agencies.

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The University of Missouri Extension and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks will host two listening sessions to better meet childcare needs in Springfield. 

Both sessions will take place at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks on North Jefferson Avenue in Springfield. The goal is to improve early childcare services in the Springfield area, especially for low-income, working families.

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The U.S. Census Bureau points to a poverty rate in Springfield Missouri above 25%, and The Every Child Promise, an initiative launched 5 years ago, continues at the forefront of getting disadvantaged Springfield Public School preschoolers ready for kindergarten.  

In January 2014, co-chair Todd Parnell, announced the launch of The Every Child Promise.

The Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness, Springfield-Greene, Christian and Webster Counties’ Continuum of Care, has been awarded more than a million dollars.

According to the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the final award announcements for the Fiscal Year 2018 Continuum of Care grant funding opportunity.  The alliance received $1,073,000.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Chris Davis, vice president of prevention and youth support with Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Today’s discussion looks at opioid misuse and prevention support for youth and adults.

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Free medication disposal packets are being offered by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  CPO recently received a donation from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation of 2500 DisposeRx packets, and they’ll be available while they last.  CPO says they are safe and ecologically friendly.

The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows a majority of them were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

A new website is a one-stop-shop for Springfield residents to get information in the areas of education, health, housing, jobs, financial security and transportation.

According to the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, which is involved in the effort, the new website,, is up and running.

It has two sections:  One on getting help and the other on becoming more informed.

Michele Skalicky

A former Springfield school building will get new life as a place to help lift low-income or homeless individuals out of poverty.

Federal Drug Administration

Time for spring cleaning has arrived—and that includes your medicine cabinet.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks is teaming up with pharmacies and law enforcement to set up a free and safe way for people in the community to dispose of unused or expired medications.

The event will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. and disposal locations will be open until 2 p.m.