Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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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.

Springfield Tool Library

Keeping a yard or home looking nice can be challenging if you don’t have the right tools. Those looking to improve their outdoor space but in need of the right supplies can borrow them as part of a program offered by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The Springfield Tool Library is the only one of its kind in the state, according to CPO.   Any Springfield resident or community group can check out up to five tools for a week. The project offers a cheaper way to take care of your property, according to CPO. 

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For the fourth year in a row, Springfield citizens came together for National Night Out, where families become more familiar with city and community resources as part of the annual community-building event. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann visited Meador Park on Tuesday to meet with participants.

Strolling through the park just west of Battlefield Mall, various agencies have set up shop to serve families and individuals.

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A new study finds that Missouri ranks 26th when it comes to child well-being, an improvement of three spots from the previous year. The report is part of the 2015 Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Thomas McFarland

Where do you go when you are still in high school and homeless? For many local teens the answer is the Rare Breed Drop-in Center in downtown Springfield. For Lecerius Hall, this was a shelter from a step dad who was involved in illegal substances and abused his mother. Rare Breed offered a place to “cool off and have someone to talk to about problems at home.”

Many teens in the Ozarks have had to resort to shelters and transitional homes like Rare Breed to avoid living on the streets and to find a support system that will believe in them.