Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Non-profit organizations say they’re blown away by the support garnered during the daylong fundraiser Give Ozarks on Tuesday. Now, it’s time to put that money to good use.

“We were just really overwhelmed by all the people that decided to give to us,” said Christine Temple, communications coordinator with Ozarks Food Harvest.

Over 250 donors contributed Tuesday to the organization’s mission of feeding kids. All of these donations will go to OFH’s Weekend Backpack program.

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A local homeless advocate says she’s hopeful people living in makeshift camp sites that received notice Thursday (2/4) they’ll need to move will receive long-term help.

After property owners complained, police and local homeless advocates visited the three camps Thursday and let those living there know that they had 48 hours to leave.

Michelle Garand is deputy director of affordable housing and homeless prevention at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

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Thursday’s annual Every One Counts homeless tally indicates more than 300 individuals currently experience some form of homelessness locally.

The numbers gathered by Community Partnership of the Ozarks and other local agencies show that at least 160 people are currently without any type of shelter.

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Parent education will be available to all Greene County residents over the next three years because of a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The grant of just over $703,000 will pay for education provided by numerous collaborative agencies as they implement a best practice program called Triple P--Positive Parenting Programs, according to Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

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Community Partnership of the Ozarks is teaming up with over 75 local organizations for this year’s HOPE Connection, an annual event aimed at providing various services to the area’s homeless community. Deputy Director of Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention at CPO Michelle Garand says this year is shaping up to be bigger than the last.

“Every year we have increased participation by about 25 percent. Last year we served 650 individuals who came seeking services, this year we are gearing up for about 800 to a thousand individuals coming in,” says Garand.

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