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TOGETHER! council of churches of the ozarks

Why Volunteer? Finding Inspiration in Giving New Director at Crosslines!

Planting the Seeds of Hope Find Out How Inside Not Just Horsin’ Around See What’s Up for TRO New Name – New Pilot Program Find Out Who

Winter 2011


From the Executive Director Mission Statement To improve the quality of life in our region through collaborative outreach in the name of Jesus Christ, by doing together what can best be done together.

Council of Churches of the Ozarks Board of Directors Cindy Waites, Chair Kevin Ausburn Jan Baumgartner Roseann Bentley Kenneth Chumbley Kim Erdel Dan Friberg Neil Guion Gordon Kinne Byron Klaus

What an exciting time to be part of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks! As an organization, I believe we have entered into what the Bible refers to as “kairos” time: a time when God brings about a new beginning, a time of new opportunity, a time of growth that inspires a new sort of hope within us. It seems to me that our mission, established more than 40 years ago, has foreshadowed the realities we are experiencing in today’s world. Current trends within American Christianity seem to be less focused on denominationalism, and moving instead toward experientially centered faith that is focused on building for the Kingdom of God. There is a renewed voice rising from American churches calling for a deeper understanding of the Gospel, and a fuller expression of God’s Kingdom inaugurated and revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As you will see in the pages of this issue of Life Together!, there are new faces and new programs and new opportunities on the scene at the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. What isn’t new is our unique calling in our community to be a resource to churches, and a source of hope to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Strategic Plan: 2010-2013 – Planting Seeds of Hope!

Ken McClure David Peck Francine Pratt Tom Reidy Tim Rosenbury Neil Stenger, Ex Officio Bill Foster

The CCO Foundation Chair

Dear Partners and Friends,

CCOzarks.org 627 N. Glenstone P.O. Box 3947 Springfield, MO 65808 Office: 417-862-3586 Fax: 417-862-2129

From the Cover Why Volunteer? Find Inspiration in Giving — pages 4, 14

Like an on-board GPS, our Strategic Plan is guiding us as we are planting seeds of hope in our community. The preamble of our Strategic Plan states: “Our mission, our vision, our values, and our daily activity must coalesce into a pursuit of common ground rooted in service. This common ground of service is an occasion for experiencing God’s love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, inclusivity, and God’s self-identification with the poor and vulnerable.” We see ourselves as those called to serve, humbly planting seeds of hope. We envision a time in our world and community “when all people are valued as children of God, when unmet human needs are met, and where there are examples of churches, organizations and concerned individuals working together as one to deliver resources to those in need.” These are some of the guiding principles from our Strategic Plan. I invite you to view the Council of Churches of the Ozarks Strategic Plan: 2010-2013 in its entirety on our website at CCOzarks.org. Thank you for your partnership with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. May God bless you throughout the coming year!

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Not Just Horsin’ Around See What’s Up for TRO — pages 6-7

New Name – New Pilot Program Find Out Who — page 10

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Mark Struckhoff Executive Director


Service Agencies

Welcome Our New Board Members

Ambassadors For Children

Sondra Uzzell, msw, lcsw, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586

Child Care Food Program

Kim Erdel

Neil Guion

Byron Klaus

Christian Publishers Outlet

Lathrop & Gage, LLP

AG Theological Seminary

Vicki McMillen, Director 1531 E. Sunshine E-1 Springfield, MO 65804 1-800-818-6812

Child Care Resource & Referral Nicole Piper, Director 1910 E. Meadowmere Springfield, MO 65804 417-887-3545

Connections Handyman Service

Francine Pratt

Tom Reidy

Isabel’s House

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Thank you for your dedication and time to further the mission of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Richard Virnig, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586

Crosslines

2010 Income & Expense Summary

Tom Faulkner, Director 1710 E. Chestnut Expressway Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0563

Total Dollars Received from Donations. . . . . . . . . . . $863,179 Total Dollars Received from Other Sources. . . . . . $4,764,976

Daybreak Adult Day Care

(i.e. program service revenue including all fees and contracts)

Rick Stephenson, Director 1461 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804 417-881-0133 / 417-882-4243

Total Expenditures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,846,028 (for all program services, management and fundraising)

Management/Personnel Fundraising 12%

Ambassadors for Children 2%

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Connie Payne, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3598

Therapeutic Riding 2% RSVP* 3% Ombudsman* 2% Child Care Food* 51% Daybreak* 11%

Crosslines 8%

RSVP

Sharon Bradford, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3595

Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks The agencies with an asterisk (*) are primarily funded by sources other than private donations.

Connections 3% Child Care Aware* 6%

Kent Crumpley, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586

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Crosslines Mission Statement:

‘Serving God’s People In Need” Volunteers Make It Happen! Each Christmas leaves memories and this year, because of volunteers and donors the parents of 3,300 children could create those memories of a lifetime. Crosslines provided over 1,700 families a holiday meal and the cherished memory of Christmas dinner. Each of these memories was made possible by the dedication, spirit and determination of our volunteers! Behind the scenes efforts to organizing such large scale distributions is no easy task, but our volunteers took on the challenge with a smile. From the application process (that began in October) to the clean-up of the Springfield National Guard Armory, volunteers were there to insure a smooth season! We are so grateful for the hard work. Each volunteer has their own reasons for donating their time and it seems the underlying theme to their motivation is to “help others”. When you put together a team of folks with the motivation to “help others” an amazing result happens!

Why Volunteer?

Crosslines Toy Store Volunteers (left to right) Judy Boehm (Holiday Center Coordinator), Deanna Armstrong, Ben Murphy, Marcia Downs, Jamie Jacobsen, Donna Jacobsen, Kerry Bodenhausen, Brad Bodenhausen, Bob Smith

Donna and Jamie Jacobsen, operators of the Fazoli’s, have volunteered for Crosslines and the Holiday Center for over ten years. They also donate lunch for the volunteers at the Thanksgiving and Christmas food Crosslines distribution and for the volunteers of the Holiday Toystore. Tom Faulkner, Director This year, their restaurants collected toys and donated a 1710 E. Chestnut Expwy • Springfield, MO 65802 portion of sales on Tuesday and Fridays to help us provide www.crosslines.org enough food and toys to meet the increased need – donating over $700 to Crosslines! Donna also donates her time to be a member and co-chair of the Crosslines Advisory Board throughout the year. The Jacobsens’ participation is so appreciated and in Donna’s words, her motivation for “helping others” comes from the heart!

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“Being a part of the holiday outreach through Crosslines brings me great joy. It is one small way my family can act out the call God places on us to give and serve others.  Knowing those in need, for whatever reason, get the chance to enjoy some traditional holiday fare (food for a meal and toys for gifts) gives me a glimpse of peace as it provides a very small measure of equality.”


Introducing Tom Faulkner – Director of Crosslines Tom got acquainted with the mission of Crosslines and jumped right in as Holiday Center Coordinator for the 2010 season. It was quickly obvious that this level-headed professional has what it takes to get things done! A native of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Tom moved to Springfield to attend Missouri State. Tom brings with him great experience including six years as a law enforcement officer and over 10 years in management, most recently with the Wal-Mart Corporation as a Specialty Division Manager and an Asset Protection Manager. Please join us in welcoming Tom to Crosslines and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks! “As I look back, this was very much a case of God’s hand leading me to this position. I worked at the Holiday Center this year, I saw firsthand some of the great needs in our community as well as the kindness and passion of those who gave freely to meet those needs for their neighbors. When the Crosslines Director position was posted, it was not only a perfect fit with my core Christian values, but I saw it as an opportunity to make a real difference.  Crosslines is more than a food and clothing bank, it’s a mission.”

Crosslines Year in Review $235,122 provided by Pantry Sponsors in in-kind donations 27,421 People Received Food Average of 44 Families Per Day Received Food 2,003 New Families Assisted 6,486 Families Received Clothing

Area Businesses Help The Holiday Center The need continued to increase for the services of Crosslines in 2010 and the Christmas season was no exception. With over 1,700 families applying for assistance in food and gifts for their children through the Holiday Center, we sought help from area businesses. We are so grateful to the participating businesses that helped us this year! There were 92 banks, retail and service businesses that stepped up and helped by providing toy collection locations, employee campaigns, sales donations and volunteers. This collaborative effort resulted in over 10,000 toys on the morning of distribution!

The Feinstein $1 Million Challenge for 2011 “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”

For the 14th year, the Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among agencies like Crosslines to fight hunger. You can help us! Gifts received during March and April will qualify for this challenge. Thank you for your generous support! life Together! 5


Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks Enabling the Disabled Through Therapeutic Horseback Riding

A New Year, Another Opportunity for Success Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks had a very busy year in 2010. The past year brought new ideas, some new faces and an increased determination and passion to continue to serve those in southwest Missouri with disabilities. Now with the beginning of a new year in full swing, TRO is ready! We are ready to spread awareness of TRO and take all that was accomplished over the past year and build upon it in 2011. Thank you to all who have supported TRO’s mission not only in 2010 but in years past and for those who continue to do so.

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In 2010, TRO offered both Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy to children and adults with disabilities. The one-year-old Hippotherapy program gained several new faces with the addition of clients and two state-licensed therapists. Therapeutic Riding also saw changes and welcomed two NARHA Certified Instructors to the team. Between the two programs, TRO provided 200 sessions of equine assisted therapy to 67 clients.

Contact Us

Visit our blog at www.trozarks.blogspot.com, or contact: Kent Crumpley, Director Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586, ext. 230 kcrumpley@CCOzarks.org www.CCOzarks.org

r $50 provides safety equipment & tack for riders to use r $200 provides six weeks of Therapeutic Riding for a child to gain strength and confidence r $640 gives the opportunity for a client to progress to reach Begin a New Year by Blessing Others

goals in motor skills and balance set by therapists and physicians in eight weeks of Hippotherapy

r $1,000 to our Sponsor A Therapy Horse Program provides care for a therapy horse for one year

TRO Honored as Finalist for Jane Meyer Award Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks (TRO) is honored to be a finalist for the Jane Meyer Award for Best Nonprofit Advertising, presented by the American Advertising Federation of the Ozarks (AAF). It is a true honor to be a finalist for this award and TRO thanks AAF for this recognition. A special thank you is also given to Trish Moore and Michael Hokenson of KRBK for their roles in creating the TRO Community Spotlight that was aired on KRBK and is the focus of the nomination.

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“Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. … You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A special thank you to all our volunteers that help make TRO possible! Your gift of time means so much to TRO clients, parents and staff. Volunteers provide an essential role for TRO as they offer support, encouragement and friendship to our clients. From Missouri State University, we send thanks to Dr. Anson Elliot and Dr. Gary and Sue Webb and the School of Agriculture; Citizenship and Service-Learning Program (CASL) students and CASL program coordinator Shellie Jones; Jeanne Cook and the Department of Physical Therapy students; and Dr. Lisa Proctor and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders students. We also thank the Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) students, community members, and 4-H clubs that have donated their time as volunteers and Wesley United Methodist’s Mission Blitz team for all their efforts. We also give thanks for the collaborations with Burrell Behavioral Health (CSTAR), Springfield Greene County Parks and Recreations’ Northview Center and the Boys and Girls Town of Missouri that help us reach farther into the community.

r TRO needs three trained volunteers for each client r In 2010, more than 200 volunteers gave the gift of their time to help the children and adults served by TRO services r In TRO’s Fall 2010 session (September-October), 65 volunteers gave more than 500 hours of service to Volunteers – The Power of a Helping Hand

support TRO’s two programs Interested in becoming a part of this wonderful team of volunteers? Please call us at 417-862-3586 ext. 230.

Visit TRO at the 2011

Held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

MARCH 11, 12, 13 TRO’s booth will be on the East side of the E-plex along the west wall. Stop by and find out what TRO is all about!

TRO is now on Facebook! Follow the link on our blog or visit, www.facebook.com/therapeuticridingoftheozarks to keep informed on the latest news and opportunities to get involved.

Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

TRO’s spring Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy schedule is posted on our blog, www.trozarks.blogspot.com. life Together! 7


Serving Abused & Neglected Children From The Ozarks

Volunteer Needs: Volunteer Tutors for Foster Children We need Volunteer Tutors to work with local foster children. Volunteer Tutors must be at least 21 years old and pass a background check. Teaching experience is not required and free training is provided. All tutor sessions occur in a public setting. Volunteer Tutor applications are available online at www.ambassadors4children.org or through www.ccozarks.org (Ambassadors for Children).

Volunteers Needed for Adopt-A-Caseworker The Adopt-a-Caseworker program matches local faith, business, civic and community groups (as well as individuals and families) with a Foster Care or foster care prevention Caseworker in Greene County, Missouri. Currently, there are 22 caseworkers in Greene County awaiting adoption. It is fun, flexible and rewarding! When you Adopta-Caseworker, you help fulfill specific needs of the children and families on the Caseworker’s caseloads as you are able. Whether it’s cleaning supplies, birthday gifts or a bed, any group can make a difference! You can be an inspiration to these children and families – helping to reunite families after foster care, transitioning older children into their own homes and helping foster children going into a new home.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated Christmas items, and

participated in our Gift Wrapping Party during the 2010 Christmas season. With your help, our agency provided Christmas gifts for 104 local children who have been abused and neglected. Many of these children would not have had gifts Christmas morning without your help. A special thanks also to the Crosslines Toystore for a wonderful partnership!

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2010 Stats Our Special Volunteers We love our Advisory Committee for their dedication to our programs and service to abused & neglected children from Greene County: Connie Condict, Heather Ford, Kristiann Summerhill, Mary Casada, Susan Mayes, Allison Rudloff, Gaye Collins, Jeremy Trapp, Darrell Moore, Tara Forrester, Karenanne Miller, Anne Schubert, Gwen Hager, Donnetta Ghys, Staci Holland, Mike White, Lori Summers, and Kate Stacy. We love our Volunteer Tutors! Bryan Campbell, Sylvia Melancon, Dorothy Hasenmyer, Dalene Doman, Lisa Street, Robin Sronce, Phyllis Parkhurst, Amy Lewis & Melodie King. We love our Adopt-a-Caseworker Partner Groups! All Saints Anglican Church King’s Way UMC Sojourners Asbury UMC Women’s Lunch Bunch King’s Way UMC Becomers Class Ash Grove First Christian Church Lanny Brent Campbell United Methodist Church Mike White Central AG Faith Builders Miracle Life Bible Church Central Christian Church MSU School of Social Work Christ Episcopal Church St. Mary’s Old Missouri Bank Guild Peoples Bank of the Ozarks Christ Episcopal Church Vestry Phyllis & Woody Parkhurst Clever First Christian Church Ridgecrest Baptist Church Community of Christ Robin Sronce Democrats for the Ozarks Schweitzer UMC God’s Lunch Bunch First Baptist Church of Springfield Schweitzer UMC Movers & Shakers First & Calvary Presbyterian Church Schweitzer UMC Word Alive Class (2 Christ Care Groups) Springfield First Nazarene Church First & Calvary Presbyterian “Church Temple Israel Ladies” Tiena Alexander Gold Mechanical, Inc. We Hear You Great Southern Bank Wesley UMC Couples Group Josh Hoots Their support of Caseworkers, children and our agency is truly inspiring! Ambassadors for Children An Operating Agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks Sondra Uzzell, MSW, LCSW Agency Director 627 N. Glenstone • Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586 ext. 236 • suzzell@ccozarks.org ambassadors4children.blogspot.com

l New record set in 2010 with 481 children served and 662 appointments at the Kid’s Clothes Closet l Over 3,500 local foster children served through the Kid’s Clothes Closet since 2001. This could not be possible without our valued partnership with the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks

l New record set in 2010 with requests made for Project Self-Esteem to fund activities & items to improve self-esteem of local foster children (123 requests) l 176 local foster children served through Project Self-Esteem since 2005 l New record set in 2010 with the 1,304 of inkind donations made through our Adopt-aCaseworker program l We have served over 700 local child victims of abuse & neglect through the Adopt-aCaseworker program since 2009 life Together! 9


Child Care Food Program (CCFP) 

Reducing Childhood Obesity through Education

A Year in Review For FFY 10 (Federal Fiscal Year) • Monitored 405 child care providers in 54 counties • Made 1200 daycare home visits • Fed approx 8500 children meals and snacks daily • Staff of 4 traveled 55,000 miles Child Care Food Program

Vicki McMillen, Director 1531 E. Sunshine, E-1 Springfield, MO 65804 417-865-8427 or 1-800-818-6812 ccfpfood.com

Pizza Pancakes  2 c baking mix (Bisquick) 1 c milk 2 eggs 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 c chopped pepperoni   1/2 c chopped tomato 1/4 c chopped green pepper 2 tsp Italian seasoning pizza or spaghetti sauce

Nutrition Facts:

1 serving (2 each) equals 270 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 79 mg cholesterol, 794 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Mix baking mix, milk & eggs in large bowl until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients, except sauce. Batter will be thick. Pour 1/4 C onto hot griddle & spread batter a little. Cook until edges are dry; flip & cook until golden brown. Serve with warmed pizza/spaghetti sauce for dipping.

Child Care Resource & Referral

(CCRR)

Social-Emotional Project

For more information or CCRR is pleased this fiscal year to offer a new pilot Social- to make a gift, please contact Emotional Project. This project is funded 100% by the Nicole Piper, Director American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through a 417-887-3545 contract with the MO Department of Health and Senior 1910 E. Meadowmere Services. The project consists of group training for child Springfield, MO 65804 care providers focusing on children’s social-emotional www.CCOzarks.org development and offers specific classroom strategies that can be implemented immediately. In addition to group training, on-site technical Same Agency – New Name! assistance is offered to providers following Referral Calls: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,100 CCRR has a new name – Child Care Aware of Souther the training to assist with implementation of ideas and strategies. There are over 70 Children Served Through Referral Calls: . . . 1,624 This name change is a direct result to furthe child care providers that are being served currently across southern MO. CCRRMissouri! would On-Line Referral Searches: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,966 like to take this opportunity to thank all the child care providers and programs thatthem with align their National and Missouri organization. Enhanced Inclusion Referrals: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 are participating. Project requirements have contributed to tight deadlines and heavy addition, withEnhanced the newMilitary name,Referrals: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Child Care Aware of26Southe workloads. Thank you for sticking with us and working hard to improve the quality of has Hours of On-SitetoTechnical Assistance Missouri expanded 10 more counties in Southern life for children in your care! Offered to Child Care Providers: . . . . . . . . 832.5

Year in Review

Missouri. Get additional details at www.ccozarks.org!

Same Agency – New Name!

CCRR has a new name – Child Care Aware of Southern Missouri! This name change is a direct result to further align them with their National and Missouri organization. In addition, with the new name, Child Care Aware of Southern Missouri has expanded to 10 more counties in Southern Missouri. Get additional details at www.ccozarks.org! 10 life Together!


Thank You to our Generous Grant-Making Partners in 2010 Binnie Clements Guild of First & Calvary Presbyterian Church City of Springfield, Community Development Block Grant Community Foundation of the Ozarks Corporation for National & Community Service Cox Health Foundation Darr Family Foundation ExxonMobil Foundation Greater Springfield Board of Realtors Greene County Board for the Developmentally Disabled/Abilities First Greene County Senior Citizens Fund John Q. Hammons Foundation H.O.P.E. Sertoma Junior League of Springfield Elizabeth McCain Foundation

MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation Missouri Foundation for Health Missouri Housing Trust Fund Jeannette Musgrave Foundation Charlie & Mary Beth O’Reilly Foundation Old Missouri Bank Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation Christine & Katharina Pauly Trust Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation Ronald McDonald Charities Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Springfield Sports Hall of Fame Turner Family Foundation United Way of the Ozarks Wal-Mart Foundation Webster Electric Foundation Tal & Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Foundation

Homeless Connection Ken headed off down the street

with his backpack and bedroll over his shoulder to a porch where he is allowed to sleep when the shelters are not open. This Army veteran had allowed me to take some pictures of him on the street after his free supper at Cook’s Kettle. Ken was blessed that the next night was a little colder and the Salvation Army Emergency Cold-weather Shelter was open. The Salvation Army carries the burden of provision for those life-threatening nights with a wind- chill below 15 degrees. The Homeless Task Force and Council of Churches of the Ozarks offered me the privilege of immersion into the network of service providers and sharing the needs with the “faith community,” especially for providing hospitality to those who are on the streets during cold weather. Now my passion is to invite others to participate in safe interaction with individuals who are poor and to experience the inter-cultural model Jesus consistently promotes in his words and actions.

Mentorship Groups Groups are needed to work with families moving out on their own after being in some type of transitional housing. Contact Romona at 417.862.3586, ext. 225.

Two shelters declare an emergency, overflow, cold-weather shelter nights when the wind-chill is between 20 and 15 degrees, East Sunshine Church as a men’s shelter and Pathways United Methodist Church for women. Both provide a dormitory style, cot and blanket for those who want to get inside. They provide transportation from the Commercial Street area to the respective churches about 8:30 PM and return transportation about 8:00 AM. The estimate is that there are 30 to 40 men and less than a half-dozen women using the shelters. This demands the provision of transportation and supplies, notification of the homeless population, scheduling of facilities, and training of volunteers. These are not overwhelming problems, but identifying the volunteers (men, women or couples) needed to serve as hosts for the night has proven to be most difficult. You may contact me at 417 862-3586 to help. Two recent deaths during cold nights serve to cause each reader of the news to consider whether he might be willing to stay up part of a night just two or three times this winter to provide a place for the men and women who shiver on the streets. The director of the men’s shelter says, “Once people visit and see the non-threatening atmosphere and the significant impact on the guests, they will WANT to sign up to help.”

Romona Baker Resource Coordinator for Homeless Services rbaker@CCOzarks.org

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A Day at DayBreak Daybreak Adult Day Care “Quality Care, Each New Day”

Daybreak Adult Daycare Rick Stephenson, Director 1461 E Seminole Springfield, Mo 65804 417-881-0133 ccozarks.org

As a licensed medical model adult day health care provider, Daybreak provides a wide range of client oriented services. Nursing and Social Service staff monitor medical conditions, charts and collaborate in planning sessions with other local professionals responsible for the clients care outside our facility. A day at Daybreak is planned to bring fun and joy to the clients while serving their individual medical needs. Entertainment, community outings and socialization activities are all part of the typical day! Eldercare Transit provided over 11,215 handicap accessible nonemergency medical transports to 347 clients from Daybreak and the extended community.

A Year in Review —————————————————————— Delivered 233 operational days of care Provided 21,711 meals & snacks Eldercare Transit provided over 11,215 non-emergency medical transports

Realtors Helping People in the Ozarks O

nce upon a time, Realtors® Helping People (RHS), the community outreach arm of the Richard Virnig, CHS Director Greater Springfield Board of Realtors, set and Kirk Hewitt, RHP President about the task of returning something to the community through focusing on providing essential home repairs to those most in need. During the 90s, they discovered that the screening and processing of eligible clients took about as much time as the actual work being done. Then, in the early part of this millennium, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks started Connections Handyman Service (CHS) to focus on a similar mission.

For more information, contact:

Connections Handyman Services Richard Virnig, Director 417-862-3586 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 ccozarks.org

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After a couple of years of collaborations, in the year of 04, RHP figured out that they were better at RAISING money than spending it and that CHS was the best at spending the money to accomplish their mutually shared vision. “We felt that CHS was better equipped to handle the screening process of eligible clients.” said Brenda Morris, a founder and a prime mover and shaker of RHP. “Not only that, because CHS is faith based, we implicitly trust them to be responsible with OUR money. Plus, CHS has access to a number of volunteers that help make our dollars go farther.” Over the years, RHP has provided over $120,000 in funding to assist CHS help people in over 315 households to remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes. Thanks to Realtors® Helping People we are making Springfield a GREAT place to live!


The Happy Plunkers The Happy Plunkers, a group of 17 volunteers who play ukuleles, travels to nursing homes in Springfield and as far out as Monett and Mt. Vernon to bring music and laughter. Every week this group visits a different community center or nursing home, where they sing and play and have a fun time. Energetic and talented, they are always smiling and happy. They have a warm relationship with their co-volunteers and the volunteer station personnel. This group contributed 4,370 hours last year.

RSVP Reading Buddy Program As the RSVP Reading Buddy Program grows each year, there has been an increased interest by the volunteers to learn more ways to help their students practice reading. This fall, Colene Hank, a retired reading teacher, and now a RSVP Reading Buddy, willingly volunteered her time to share her expertise on fun ways to

RSVP has volunteers over 1,400 is nd over th enrolled a have volunteers e s e th r a e f past y 27 hours o ,8 9 6 1 d te ns contribu rganizatio o 2 2 1 to e servic munity. in our com Follow Us on FaceBook www.facebook.com/ RSVPSpringfieldMO

learn sight words when working with the students. She prepared several handouts for the volunteers and explained the importance of learning sight words. In

Head Starts in Springfield, rocking babies and helping the staff with the older children as well. They contributed 1,846 hours of service in 2010

RSVP MADD (Make A Difference Daily)

addition to volunteering in the Reading Buddy Program, Colene has developed a devotional program to use with skilled care patients. Plus she has agreed to serve on the RSVP Advisory Committee. She is a devoted volunteer always looking for ways to improve the lives of others in our community! 174 volunteers contributed 4,786 hours of service last year with over 3,000 visits to students in Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Willard Schools, Strafford, Marshfield and Highlandville.

RSVP Van Drivers

The RSVP MADD (Make A Difference Daily) group goes to non-profits to help with bulk mailings saving these organizations the expense of a professional mailing service. These volunteers contributed 3,517 hours of service. You can also find RSVP volunteers in our libraries contributing 2,714 hours of service, and the information desk at the Springfield Court House with 459 hours of service. Environmentally, volunteers keep the Springfield Nature Center trails and the Greenway trails cleared. These volunteers contributed 2,700 hours of service.

RSVP Van Drivers, 27 volunteers with a smile every day, go door-to-door to pick-up other volunteers who no longer drive but are still able to volunteer in our community. RSVP drivers contributed 2,698 hours of service last year, providing 6,094 rides. Van riders contributed 19,558 hours of service, which is valued at $19.89 per hour and saves non-profits $389,008.62

Foster Grandparents Through the Foster Grandparents program, grandmothers volunteer at the

For more information about the programs offered through RSVP, or to make a gift or volunteer, please contact Sharon Bradford, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3595 www.CCOzarks.org life Together! 13


Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program “I was sick and you visited me…”

(Matthew 25:36)

Finding Inspiration in Family Phil Morrissey first contacted the Ombudsman Operating Agency about their Santa for Seniors Program 6

years ago and has been providing gifts for area nursing home residents each year since that time. He collects the gifts, in small amounts, all year long. Phil was raised mostly by his grandparents and is now the primary caretaker for his 93 year old “Somebody has grandmother who makes sure that the presents for the residents are to do something purchased each year. The large array of gifts include sodas, puzzles, books, candy, painting and drawing kits, socks, hair accessories and many because, if nobody other items that help ensure a Merry Christmas for many residents. “We don’t do this for recognition,” Phil said. “We do it because it is just the right thing to do. My grandma always took care of others in our neighborhood. She never wanted anyone to feel sad, lonely or forgotten and always thought it to be an injustice for people to experience those feelings. Grandma just wants people to know that someone cares about them. A lot of people have no family and we know that the holidays are the very worst time of the year to remind many that they are alone, so we do what we can to help ease that loneliness. Somebody has to do something because, if nobody does anything, then nothing gets done.” The Ombudsman Operating Agency and the Council of Churches wish to especially bless Phil and his Grandmother for all the generosity they have shown for our nursing home residents.

does anything, then nothing gets done.”

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Phil Morrissey

Connie Payne, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3598 ccozarks.org

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pictures Together! Realtor’s Helping People Auction to Benefit Connections Handyman

We want to include your Pictures Together! Send us your photos of ministry in action by April 8, 2011 to be considered for the Spring issue! Photos can be emailed to cmoses@ccozarks.org life Together! 15


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Join Us In Planting The Seeds of Hope The Feinstein $1 Million Challenge for 2011

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”

For the 14th year, the Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among agencies like Crosslines to fight hunger. You can help us! Gifts received during March and April will qualify for this challenge. Thank you for your generous support! Life Together! is a quarterly publication of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, designed to inform readers of current community needs and service agencies activities and recognize donors and volunteers. Life Together! is mailed without charge to anyone interested in the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.

Become A Corporate Sponsor! Get Your Business Involved and YOU Can Help Change Over ,,,, Lives In The Ozarks! To Get Involved Contact Christine Moses at ......... or cmoses@ccozarks.org

Council of Churches of the Ozarks Dorsey E. Levell Ministry Center of the Ozarks 627 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802 MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 3947, Springfield, MO 65808-3947 Phone: 417.862.3586 Email: ccozarks@CCOzarks.org Fax: 417.862.2129 Website: www.CCOzarks.org Central Office Staff Paula Austin • Advancement Assistant • ext. 233 Romona Baker • Resource Coordinator for Homeless Services • ext. 225 Leslie Boughton • Grant Writer • ext. 235 Krista Crumpley • Receptionist Barbara Gardner • Executive Assistant/HR • ext. 224 Janet Garoutte • Receptionist Rick George • Director of Finance and Operations • ext. 232 Christine Moses • Director of Marketing & Development • ext. 238 Mark Struckhoff • Executive Director The Council of Churches Foundation Richard Dunn, President Phone: 417.839.7450

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