From the Director
It has been painfully obvious in the last year that the country’s bleak financial situation has finally reached Cape Girardeau. I haven’t looked at real numbers but I am pretty sure we have seen twice as many folks come through our doors looking for help. Many of these are people who have never found themselves out of work, unable to pay their utility bills, or feed their families. People are looking for help with medications, transportation, shelter – the list is endless. We added a third case manager this year and are so glad we did to help meet the increased demands. As a side note, I am pleased to note that we have three Master’s-level social workers on staff now, which is unique for a small non-profit. As I have noted in the past, our staff are dedicated to their jobs and our staff turnover is non-existent.
Please take the time to look over the Annual Report that has been compiled for your review. There you will be able to see the great efforts of our staff through the way they impact our community in so many ways. We will continue to partner with Cape Girardeau City and County to provide Emergency Solutions funding. Unfortunately after nine years, we were denied a grant renewal by the Missouri Housing Trust Fund. That grant has been used to pay rental deposits to help folks get into safer and more affordable housing. Staff is working on finding alternatives to that funding.
A new Community Survey is on its way to you soon. This one will be on-line and relatively simple to complete. There will be additional information about this as it develops.
We continue to look for funding sources for our Oral Health initiatives. So many children are impacted by this prevention program that we have to find ways to keep it going. We will be looking at additional funding possibilities with the Missouri Foundation for Health as their strategic planning gets put in place for new initiatives.
As I have said many times, it is a pleasure to work with these dedicated, compassionate staff and to be a part of the impact we have on our community.