Bishop blesses first ‘tiny home’ in Eden Village

A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (The Mirror)
A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (The Mirror)

More than 100 people came to the recent open house at Eden Village, a planned, gated community of 30 “tiny homes” for the disabled and chronically homeless. A project of the Gathering Tree, Eden Village is located at the site of a former mobile home park at 2801 E. Division Street in Springfield.

Bishop Edward Rice was invited to bless and dedicate the first home, which arrived in April. Read more

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Catholic Charities provides aid to area flood victims

Drury Southwest partners with Catholic Charities to provide help FLOOD RESPONSE—Ed Powell, a veteran and a survivor of the recent floods, visited with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri staff at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) held in Ellington, MO, on May 10. Among other damages, he reported the loss of his refrigerator in the flood. Ed, a diabetic, was concerned because his insulin medication must be kept at a certain temperature. Thanks to a donation of refrigerators by Drury Southwest of Cape Girardeau, Shea Lane, CCSOMO Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response, was able to deliver a replacement refrigerator to Ed’s home the next day. Together, Catholic Charities is helping our neighbors in need every day!
Drury Southwest partners with Catholic Charities to provide help
FLOOD RESPONSE—Ed Powell, a veteran and a survivor of the recent floods, visited with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri staff at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) held in Ellington, MO, on May 10. Among other damages, he reported the loss of his refrigerator in the flood. Ed, a diabetic, was concerned because his insulin medication must be kept at a certain temperature. Thanks to a donation of refrigerators by Drury Southwest of Cape Girardeau, Shea Lane, CCSOMO Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response, was able to deliver a replacement refrigerator to Ed’s home the next day. Together, Catholic Charities is helping our neighbors in need every day!

Individuals impacted by the recent floods were able to access information and assistance at a one-day Outreach Center held on Wed., June 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City.

Disaster response staff from Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri were available to meet with survivors to identify and assess unmet needs, provide support and connection to other resources, and furnish information on next steps. Unmet needs may include temporary housing, replacing personal belongings, home repairs, and long-term needs related to financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Read more

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Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri responds to catastrophic flooding

DISASTER RELIEF—CCSOMO staff, Shea Lane, Tammy Latimer, and Dee Maples, at West Plains MARC on May 9. (CCSOMO photo)
DISASTER RELIEF—CCSOMO staff, Shea Lane, Tammy Latimer, and Dee Maples, at West Plains MARC on May 9. (CCSOMO photo)

First MARCs (Multi Agency Resource Centers) scheduled for counties throughout diocese

Thirteen inches of rain fell throughout southern Missouri between April 28 and May 3 this year. In the initial days after the flooding, Shea Lane, Director of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) traveled to nine counties (Barry, Christian, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Stone, and Taney) providing outreach to survivors, and partnered with other agencies such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army along with the State Emergency Management team to coordinate the disaster response. Lane was moving west to east across the state, following the path of receding waters. Read more

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