The Council


The Community Caring Council is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization, founded in 1989 by State Representative Mary C. Kasten in an effort to encourage social service agencies and community organizations to collaborate and coordinate delivery of services to families and children. In 1992, the Council was one of the first recognized state “Community Partnerships” in Missouri. […]

Oral Health Program

2014 Sensational Smiles Fundraiser

The Oral Health Program implements dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications to aid in the prevention of caries for preschool and school-aged children in collaboration with the Missouri Oral Health Program through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Dotty Gholson, Oral Health Coordinator, provides coordination of these services for Cape Girardeau County schools […]

Community Plan


A comprehensive Community Assessment was initiated in 2002 by the Community Caring Council and United Way of Southeast Missouri. Over 800 residents and community leaders of Cape Girardeau County and Scott City were surveyed to determine issues of greatest concern to individuals and families. Survey results and supporting data for the top 11 issues were […]

From the Director

To All Community Partners:

As we look back over the past year, we have seen many, many challenges and many positive outcomes. As we anticipated, there has been a steady increase of people coming through our doors for assistance with housing, utilities, food, and other needs. Fortunately we have been blessed with resources that enable us to provide some sort of assistance to most who are in need.

We have been in collaboration with the County Commission to administer some federal stimulus dollars designated to prevent homelessness and to re-house people. The Community Case Manager’s report will give you more specifics on the impact of this initiative.

We continue to partner with the United Way of Southeast Missouri in a variety of ways, including being as part of the Education Solutions Team, which is developing strategies designed to positively impact the graduation rate for Cape Girardeau Public Schools.

We have recently entered into a contractual agreement with the Missouri Division of Youth Services to take over the administration of their Community Mentoring Program. This initiative links community-based mentors with youth in DYS custody at local Day Treatment Centers, and allows them to learn about and access community resources, and to bring that knowledge to their families. These youth and their families have been historically isolated in the community. We have assigned this project to our Asset Coordinator, because that initiative is ready-made for youth like these. This project will continue to develop and increase over the next few months. The goal is to provide a stable environment for the youth to return to, which in turn will reduce the odds of them re-offending.

We remain wary about budget issues, especially in our contractual arrangement with the State of Missouri. The Missouri Mentoring Partnerships may not survive in the FY11 budget currently being crafted by the state legislature. Community Partnership dollars have remained intact thus far, with a very slight decrease. The real challenges will be for the 2011-2012 year, when federal stimulus dollars will supposedly run out, and the state will face a billion dollar shortfall in revenue. It remains to be seen what the total impact of that will be, but certainly social services, health care, and education will be prime targets for cuts.

We always have done more with less. We will be challenged in the coming months to increase those skills and improve our relationships with local resources. We appreciate our very collaborative community.

Tom Davisson,
Executive Director

Get Involved

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    Community Closet

    The Council manages a closet to assist clients on a case by case basis in times of emergency with hygiene and household items. This closet is supported by donations only. Currently the closet supply is very low. If you would like to make a donation you may do so by contacting Jaime Ludwig (651-3747 ext. […]

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    Community Caring Council, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, therefore, all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation, or have questions about donating, please call us at (573) 651-3747. CCC accepts monetary donations as well as donations of closet items. At your request, we will send a letter stating the estimated worth […]

  • Meetings

    Monthly Meetings

    The Community Caring Council holds its monthly meeting every 3rd Friday of the month at 7:30 AM in the Kasten Community Development Center located at 937 Broadway, Suite 102, Cape Girardeau, MO. It is open to all interested community members. Each month a guest speaker is invited to present to the group followed by reports […]