Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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Larry Barnard serves as an example of why Wednesday’s HOPE Connection and Veteran Stand Down event in downtown Springfield exists: To end homelessness.

A volunteer this year, Barnard was a past beneficiary of the services HOPE Connection offered, from healthcare to employment. The retired veteran moved to Springfield to be with his daughter. After she passed away, he lived on the streets for three and a half years.

CPO Unsheltered Homeless report
Community Partnership of the Ozarks

An annual report analyzing unsheltered persons in Greene County shows one-third of the 223 surveyed had been physically, emotionally or sexually harmed by someone they had stayed with while homeless.

It’s among the statistics found in the Unsheltered Homeless Report released Tuesday by the Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness.

Missouri Capitol
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Candidates for Missouri House of Representatives Districts 132 and 135 will participate in a forum tomorrow night (11/3) in Springfield.  The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri and Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The incumbent in both of those races is not seeking re-election. The 132nd District representative, Charlie Norr, isn’t running due to term limits, while the 135th District representative, Lincoln Hough, decided not to seek re-election and instead is running for Greene County Commissioner.

MU Extensions Garden
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A training Thursday for selected elementary teachers at Springfield Public Schools will help them teach in an outdoor setting and increase students’ awareness of healthy food options.

The “Farm-to-School” training is aided by a USDA grant that incorporates fresh, local produce into school meal programs. SPS has coordinated with MU Extensions, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Community Partnership of the Ozarks for this training.

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A series of discussions is planned next week in Springfield focusing on homelessness in southwest Missouri.  And the organizers want anyone interested in helping to create a locally-based plan to end homelessness to come to the table.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks will host “Every Voice Counts:  Community Conversations Welcome Open Discussions” at the Library Station and at the Springfield Art Museum. 

Michelle Garand is deputy director of Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention at Community Partnership.