Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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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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More colleges are moving toward a new initiative called “the green dot strategy,” which aims to prevent sexual violence and underage drinking. On Tuesday, Springfield schools Drury, Evangel, and Missouri State University, as well as Ozarks Technical Community College announced their involvement.

Green Dot is a strategy to “mobilize the bystanders” in cases of domestic violence or sexual assault. 

“Our committee believes, our institutions believe, we can enhance the community’s ability to reduce sexual assault among college students.”

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A film screening in Springfield tonight (10/13) is designed to raise awareness of the importance of getting a good start in life.

Every Child Promise, Child Care Aware of Southern Missouri, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Council of Churches of the Ozarks are sponsoring the screening of the PBS documentary, "The Raising of America."  The five-part documentary series and engagement campaign explores how a strong start for all will lead to better outcomes across the board.

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A grant awarded this week to a Springfield non-profit is expected to result in faster help for youth struggling with mental health issues.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.