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Frequent Questions

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri has been operating in the region since July 24, 2009. Here are answers to questions we often hear.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Executive Director Maura Taylor shares the history of the agency with a crowd of anniversary well wishers on the Monastery grounds in Springfield, July 24, 2019. PHOTO: John Farmer de la Torre/CCSOMO

Following are answers to questions often asked about us.

  1. Who does Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri serve?

    CCSOMO serves the poor and vulnerable of all faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the 39 southernmost counties in Missouri.

  2. Do you have to be Catholic to receive services through Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri?

    No. You do not need to be Catholic to receive help through Catholic Charities. We are dedicated to assisting the poor and vulnerable of all faiths and backgrounds. The great majority of our clients are not Catholic.

  3. Do you have to be Catholic to work at Catholic Charities?

    No. Catholic Charities welcomes people of all faiths who share in our mission of service. CCSOMO provides equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of religion, race, gender, age, national origin, socio-economic status, veteran status or disability, at all levels within our organization.

  4. Do you have to be Catholic to volunteer with Catholic Charities?

    No, you do not have to be Catholic to volunteer. Our staff and the people we serve are of all faiths and beliefs.

  5. Does a part of my contribution go to the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau?

    No. Your gift to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is used to support the mission, clients, and programs of CCSOMO. We are a separate legal corporation from the Diocese.

  6. How is Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri related to the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau?

    Catholic Charities is a separate entity apart from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with our own completely separate staff, departments, policies and procedures, and bank accounts.

  7. I donated to the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF). Is that the same thing as giving to Catholic Charities?

    No. Catholic Charities does not receive any funding from the DDF. Once a year CCSOMO receives funding through a Second Collection taken for CCSOMO at all parishes in the diocese.

  8. Is Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri part of a national organization?

    Yes. CCSOMO is a member and affiliate of Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation's largest private networks of social service providers. Catholic Charities' agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities USA supports and enhances the work of its membership by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy and media efforts, program development, training and technical assistance, and financial support.

  9. Can a representative from Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri come to my organization to speak about your programs and services and how you are helping people in need?

    Absolutely! We are proud to speak about the good work we do.

    If you would like a representative to come to your organization and speak about CCSOMO or a specific program, please call John Farmer de la Torre, Director of Communications and Marketing at 417.720.4213.