Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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Updated Friday, 2:45 pm:

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks updated its Give Ozarks fundraising totals Friday, saying that $1,397,147.64 was raised for more than 240 local nonprofit organizations.

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A community meeting tonight in Springfield will focus on the opioid epidemic in the Ozarks.  Pain Pills to Heroin:  A Problem Within Reach will be held from 6 to 8 at the Greene County Archives Building, 1126 N. Boonville.

The event, hosted by Community Partnership, will feature presentations by four panelists:  Missouri State Representative Holly Rehder, Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson, Jim Farrell, director of the Springfield School Police Department and Dr. Kurt Bravata who specializes in addiction treatment.

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A new program soon to be up and running in Springfield will offer resources for families with young children who have disabilities or developmental delays.

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks is working to bring the Capable Kids & Families program to Springfield. 

"It is a combination of home visiting, family support and play group," said Dana Carroll, Springfield’s child advocate.

Michele Skalicky

Daisy Tolliver can finally look forward to the rest of her life.  The 73-year-old northwest Springfield resident has struggled for years trying to make her income last through the month while raising two great-granddaughters.  She adopted seven-year-old Aerith as a three-week-old infant.  She took Jaliyah, six, home from the hospital just after the baby was born.

Most everyone agrees parenting is a tough job. That’s why several agencies in Greene County led by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) have joined forces to implement the Positive Parenting Program, also known as Triple P.

The program is made possible thanks to a $700,000 grant secured by CPO from the Missouri Foundation for Health.