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Lawrence, McDonald, Barry County assistance programs.

The number of resources in the region is limited. Maybe the primary place to turn to for assistance and referrals is the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation. They are committed to working with individuals and helping them overcome their hardships or poverty.

Some of the financial assistance available is very limited. This can include the following, or they will offer referrals to public aid that can help. They have section 8 housing vouchers to pay rent in counties such as Lawrence. Grants from LIHEAP can be used to pay heating or gas bills. The non-profit also has details on local food pantries and/or government programs such as SNAP food stamps.

Utility programs from the Ozarks Area Community Action include Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). A one time cash grant can be used for very low income families, seniors, and the disabled for paying winter heating bills. The Energy Crisis Intervention Program is used when out of fuel or facing imminent disconnection. On the other hand, weatherization provides households with free energy efficiency measures to their homes. More on Missouri weatherization and LIHEAP.

Education in McDonald and Lawrence is from Head Start. This program is for children under the age of 6. Children who enroll are taught and have access to free dental care and health screenings. Full and part-time classes and sessions may be available. Staff from Ozarks Area Community Action also provide social services to the parent.

Low income, subsidized housing is available in southwest Missouri. The community action agency uses support from HUD in an effort to offer this housing to income qualified clients.

The regional Neighborhood Centers offer various community activities and projects. Case workers are designed to eliminate the conditions of unemployment and poverty. They work to help families in crisis situations. In some cases, funds can help pay rent, medications, food, and for medicines.

Community Action is located at 700 East Highway 248, Cassville, Missouri 65625, call (417) 847-2140.

Central Community United Methodist Church has a food pantry. In some situations the center may also have some funds for paying utility or heating bills. Groceries passed out depend on donations from the community. 25682 State Highway YY, Shell Knob, MO 65747, call (417) 858-6707.




American Red Cross, Greater Ozarks Chapter can help in times of disaster. They have emergency assistance programs in these cases, such as tornadoes or floods. 1545 N. West Bypass 65803, call 832-9500

Habitat for Humanity may be able to address housing issues for very low income families. The non-profit partners with volunteers and businesses to help build affordable, safe, and decent homes in the community. Telephone - 829.4001.

Harmony House can help women and children impacted by domestic violence. Shelter, referrals, and maybe limited financial support for a new beginning is available. Receive meals and information on security deposit programs when it is time to move. 519 E. Cherry, Call 837.7700.

Economic Security Corporation serves low income families in McDonald County. The community action agency can also process applications for programs such as LIHEAP for heating bills and section 8. Case managers will also work with clients on educational and employment needs. Another focus is on homeless prevention, and this may be addressed in the form of emergency rental assistance from a combination of short term loans or grants from the ESG program. Read Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area assistance programs.

The Kitchen Medical and Dental Clinic - May have free basic medical and dental care. Assistance is also for the low income, poor, and uninsured in the region. In some cases medications may be offered. Address is 1630 N. Jefferson or dial 837.1504.

One Door works to prevent homelessness. The address is 420 E. Pacific or dial 225.7499. The charity exists to prevent and end homelessness through coordination of emergency rental programs, navigation of services, and government resources in Barry and Lawrence county Missouri.





Ozarks Literacy Council - Offers basic education, reading, and similar skills for adults. It will help people gain new skills which may eventually lead to employment. Phone - 616-0505. Or read more WIA employment assistance.

The Salvation Army - One of the leading non-profits in southwest Missouri. Free food, pantries, and more is offered. Case managers work with lower income families and individuals in need of emergency assistance such as housing, shelter, utilities, rent help, food, clothing, and furniture. The center also provides disaster relief assistance, an after-school recreational program, senior programs, and summer day camp program. Call 862.5509.

Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Family Planning Clinic - This can help women, teenas, and others with family needs. Cassville based.

Barry County Health Department - May have some basic medical care and check ups, with a focus on public health resources. Services may be HPV Immunizations, Women's Health Centers, Pap Tests, Medications, and Counseling. 65 Main Street, Cassville, MO 65625, (417) 847-2114



By Jon McNamara

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