Catholic Charities of Southwestern Southern Missouri assistance programs.

Low income families in southern Missouri may be able to get help from Catholic Charities. The organization provides assistance to the less fortunate and struggling individuals in the 39 most southern counties of the state, including Christian, Jasper, and surrounding areas, including the city of Springfield. In total almost 40 different counties are supported by this particular location.

Many of the resources focus on enhancing the self-sufficiency of clients and also providing them with basic needs. Catholic Charities does its best to provide the low income clients opportunities for development as well as self-sufficiency. They do this in confidence and treat everyone with dignity. Assistance is offered for people who are homeless, facing eviction or who are at risk of becoming homeless in the immediate future.

Families and individuals that are helped will be able to achieve positive change and access to safe and affordable housing in the region. Southwestern Missouri Catholic Charities will offer the self-sufficiency in an effort to ensure clients are on a long term path to fiscal stability. Find additional information on Missouri job training programs.

The Catholic Charity programs in Missouri are very extensive. A number of housing programs are administered. Case managers help individuals move from homelessness to independence, stability and a new, stable home.

One goal of the center and the social workers who are part of it is to try to reduce as much as possible homelessness in the community. This can, from time to time, include emergency rent help as funding allows. But as with any charity, resources are limited. However a focus is on providing stability to clients.

Catholic Charities may be arguably the most comprehensive housing counseling organization in the Springfield Missouri region. Hundreds of local families and people from nearby counties such as Dallas and Webster receive guidance and support every year. People can be directed to rental assistance programs as well as other forms of support.. However, very importantly, services will assist individuals with regaining self-sufficiency.





The agency also covers a wide range of territory. For examples, the Catholic Charity Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau includes almost 40 counties. The charity helps the low income in the entire southern tier of Missouri, from Illinois/Kentucky/Tennessee border in the east to the Oklahoma/Kansas border on the west. Examples of counties supported include Christian, Dallas, Jasper, Greene, Polk and Webster. Some of the main offices are listed below.

Call a location near you for support or referrals. While not everyone will qualify, case workers may be able to redirect individuals to other non-profits or government programs.

Locations of Catholic Charities in southern and western Missouri

Springfield main office is at 424 E. Monastery St, Springfield, Missouri 65807, call (417) 720-4213.

Cape Girardeau, 937 Broadway, P O Box 760, Cape Girardeau, MO 63702, telephone (573) 335-0134

Sikeston, 205 W. Malone, Ste. B, P O Box 662, Sikeston, Missouri 63801, telephone (573) 481-0659

Joplin Catholic Charities is at 403 East 4th Street, Warehouse: 113 East 9th Street, Joplin, MO, 64801, call (417) 624-3790 for intake.

Van Buren, 511 Main St., PO Box 681, Van Buren, MO 63965 (537) 323-4044

Additional, non Catholic Charity programs - Note if a location above can’t help, then families in Southwestern Missouri have other options available to them. In addition, many churches, non-profits, and organizations such as St. Vincent de Paul work in the region. They all do what they can to provide emergency services and assistance.

This access to other services allows additional resources to be brought to the bear. This can include utility bill help, rent, mortgage assistance, transportation services, and medical bill assistance from St. Vincent or the United Way 211 referral service. While many people can receive help, many beneficiaries are low income, seniors, and/or the near homeless from the community.



By Jon McNamara

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