Community Partnership of the Ozarks


Ilga Vise talks with Janet Dankert, executive director of Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The CPO's mission is "to facilitate and promote resilient children, healthy families and strong neighborhoods and communities through collaboration, programming and resource development."

The organization was established in 1998 as a result of combining two other groups:  Ozarks Fighting Back and the Community Task Force.  It offers a variety of programs and services in 21 counties.

Dankert says they served more than 96,000 people last year with the help of volunteers.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative has been working for two years to find solutions for problems children face in Greene County.  It outlined what it’s doing so far during an event at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was there and has more.

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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.