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HOPE Connection
Megan Burke / KSMU

Over 600 homeless and at-risk individuals were given access to basic needs through a number of services Wednesday.  

The ninth annual HOPE Connection and Veterans Stand Down event was held in the Springfield Expo Center. It’s an initiative of Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness’ month-long “Every Action Counts Campaign.”

Amanda Stadler, Community Partnership’s neighborhood and housing stabilization specialist, said she’s participated in the event for five years, chairing the planning committee the past two.

Linda and Dr. David Brown
Submitted Photo / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The 2017 Humanitarian Award will be shared by Dr. David and Linda Brown for their work with The Gathering Tree and for developing the Eden Village housing concept.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks made the announcement Wednesday.

Located in downtown Springfield, The Gathering Tree is a drop-in center that five days each week offers snacks, restroom facilities, access to computers and the internet and faith-based fellowship among clients and volunteers.

Michele Skalicky

Solar panels numbering 33,288 on 72 acres west of Nixa were put into commercial operation mode Monday.

The solar farm is expected to produce about nine percent of Nixa’s power generation, according to the city’s public works director, Doug Colvin.

Nixa Mayor Brian Steele said the solar farm is expected to save the city’s residents $2.5 million over the 25 years of the contract with Gardner Capital, Inc., which owns the project.

Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Safe to Sleep operates every night of the year at a local church and serves an average of 30-35 homeless women at a time.  The program gives the women, 18 and older, a safe place to lay their heads.  But it can't operate without volunteers. 

Volunteer coordinator, Jessica Luraas, with Council of Churches of the Ozarks, said it’s a fairly easy job—volunteers (men, women or couples) go through training before they start.  The hard part is seeing the need "and not realizing how much need there is, and, you know, if you have an empathetic heart, it can really pull at you," she said.

Ozarks Food Harvest
Ozarks Food Harvest website

Ozarks Food Harvest is teaming up with local businesses to help spread some holiday cheer this season with “25,000 Meals For Hope.” Like the name suggests, area businesses using the Towny app will attempt to collect that many meals for OFH.

The campaign is a new addition to the organization’s other annual holiday food drives such as Check Out Hunger.  

“This is a unique and fun thing we’re doing with Towny this year and we hope it brings in a lot of meals,” said Christine Temple, communication and public relations coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest.

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