Community Partnership of the Ozarks

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Each winter many area organizations band together to conduct a county-wide tally of the homeless and unsheltered. The annual “Every One Counts” Point in Time Homeless Count helps identify how many people are needing aid, and connects individuals to services like medical, housing, veterans and other basic survival needs.

Janet Reed was one of many to arrive at Springfield’s Fusion Center on Thursday morning seek out these options.

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A record breaking amount of community members offered their support today to Springfield’s homeless population.

The Hope Connection event at the Expo Center had over 400 volunteers helping with a range of services to patrons.

Michelle Garand is the deputy director of affordable housing and homeless prevention for Community Partnership of the Ozarks, which teamed with more than 40 partner agencies to host the event.

“They’re getting healthcare, they’re getting housing, everything thing they could need for housing and financial security,” Garand said.

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A new initiative called the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Support Program hopes to curb underage and risky drinking in Greene County. KSMU’s Julie Greene attended the program’s launch and has the story.

“Alcohol is the number one drug problem among our youth. It kills five times more teens than all other drugs combined. 90 percent of the reported rapes involve alcohol use among the victims and/or the perpetrators…This is why we’re doing this,” said Davis.

Michele Skalicky

Update:  225 veterans were served at Tuesday's event.

An event this week in Springfield gave veterans a hand up—not a hand out.  The Ozarks’ first Veterans Stand Down offered vets a variety of services and information.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

By the halfway point of the event, more than 100 veterans had come through the doors at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

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If you have graffiti on your property, you can have it removed for free.  The Community Partnership of the Ozarks has planned several graffiti removal days over the next month, and Springfield residents and business owners are invited to submit a request for cleanup.

The program involves several agencies and organizations that help with removal—Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the City of Springfield, Boys and Girls Club, 417SQUAD, Greene County Juvenile Probation, Excel students and Midwest Dustless Blasting.