Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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.

2014 HOPE Connection / Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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
David Shane / Flickr

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.