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 presented to focus groups to determine the top four priority issues.

Goals, objectives and strategies were developed to address each priority area. Priority Issue Councils were established in April 2005 to implement and oversee the plan progress.

Inadequate Public Transportation



Residents of Cape Girardeau County and Scott City will have access to an affordable and reliable means of transportation to access employment and utilize community resources.

Access to Affordable Medical Care



Residents of Cape Girardeau County and Scott City will be ensured access to affordable and high quality medical services (including physical, mental and oral health care) regardless of their insurability and ability to pay. Residents will understand the importance of taking responsibility for their own health and the health of their children.

ISSUE AREAS Mental Health Care ≈ Oral Health Care ≈ Primary Health Care

Alcohol & Drug Abuse



Alcohol and drug abuse will be recognized as a significant life issue and residents of Cape Girardeau County and Scott City will have access to prevention, intervention and treatment services for substance use and/or abuse. The coordination of community resources will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.

ISSUE AREAS Adult ≈ Youth

Family Issues



Residents of Cape Girardeau County and Scott City will be supported and strengthened through collaborative community efforts to educate and empower parents/grandparents/caregivers to provide healthy, stable, safe and nurturing environments for all family members.

ISSUE AREAS Housing ≈ Independent Living ≈ Parent and Community Education ≈ Self-Sufficiency ≈ Youth Development – THRIVE Initiative (40 Developmental Assets)