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The Internal Revenue Service announced that individuals have until May 17, 2021 to meet certain deadlines that would normally fall on April 15, such as making IRA contributions and filing certain claims for refund.

Your third stimulus payment cannot be taken for unpaid taxes. As for whether it can be taken by debt collectors, the answer is a bit more nuanced.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri announced it will open LifeHouse East to serve homeless pregnant women in Cape Girardeau region.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is featured on 88.3 FM WIND Difference Makers program for month of February 2021. Hosted by Joe Rios, Executive Director Maura Taylor speaks about where CCSOMO fills in service gaps in the community and about the agency's holistic case management approach to social services.

The IRS' VITA program has helped eligible taxpayers for more than 50 years with free tax preparation. CCSOMO is pleased to offer this assistance to eligible persons and families beginning Feb. 6, 2021. Please note, this is a walk in and drop off service only due to COVID.

CCSOMO Housing Programs Director Cindy VanBuskirk discusses the agency's poverty relief efforts with EWTN News Nightly host Tracy Sabol.

The United States Treasury department has issued millions of second Economic Impact Payments by debit card.

Join the Knights of Columbus at one of three Springfield-area bowling alleys to benefit nonprofits Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, The Kitchen, and Least of These.

LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home celebrates 7th anniversary and the birth of nearly 100 babies to residents in the program for homeless pregnant women.

This 2020 Christmas and 2021 New Year public service announcement, produced in-house at Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, is currently broadcasting on television across southern Missouri.

KY3 says, "There is a new shelter option for homeless families in Springfield this winter, as homeless service providers struggle to find enough space for people during the pandemic." See the story here.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, Inc. (CCSOMO) is celebrating with a blessing ceremony of the recently opened winter shelter for homeless families and homeless women in need of medical respite at the former site of the Rancho Motel, located at 1720 E. Kearney Street, in Springfield. Roman Catholic Bishop Edward M. Rice of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau will bless the shelter on Wednesday, December 2, at 9:00 a.m. All media are invited to attend.

CARES Act COVID Relief Rent & Mortgage Assistance Available From Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Ozarks for Greene County Residents
CARES Act COVID Relief Rent & Mortgage Assistance Available From Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Ozarks for Greene County Residents

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Ozarks has $200,000 of CARES Act funding for rent and mortgage assistance for COVID-19 impacted residents of Greene County. These funds are only available through the end of November or until funds are exhausted.

For more information, please contact CCCS directly at 417.889.7474.

CCCS is a nonprofit corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.

#covidrelief #rentassistance #mortgageassistance

The 2020 Roadkill & Rosé Wild Game Feast is done and in the history books now. See the story here.

Our 2020 Roadkill & Rosé event in Cape Girardeau is around the corner on October 10! Please come on by for this wild game cook-off, local wine, and craft beer event.

Please note, in order to ensure the safety of vendors, participants and staff, Roadkill & Rosé will be observing social distancing guidelines. See you then!

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri awarded $100,000 by the Catholic Charities USA Innovation Challenge. The funds will go to CCSOMO's social enterprise initiative, a pre-apprentice construction on-the-job training program incorporated into Purpose Home Repair & Plumbing.

Springfield's KY3 News profiled Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri's efforts to assist people impacted by COVID with housing. Reporter Linda Simmons speaks with CCSOMO Housing Program Director Cindy VanBuskirk about the growing need this summer, the number of people assisted, and the urgent need for more funding as more people are expected to need housing assistance in the coming months.

We have rental and mortgage assistance available for people who meet the following conditions:

1. Must be a resident of Springfield;
2. Must be struggling to meet rental or mortgage obligation due to COVID;
3. Must meet income guidelines.

If you think you might qualify, please call us at 417.268.9998. Our intake staff will help you determine your eligibility.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri received a $15,000 Rural Vitality Grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund during a virtual event on Aug. 6. The funds will go to CCSOMO's "Repairing Homes and Rebuilding Lives" program for low-income home improvements. This award will serve Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Howell, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott and Shannon counties.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is able to provide rent and utility assistance; mortgage and HUD counseling assistance for those who may be facing foreclosure. Applicants must live in Springfield city limits and be impacted by COVID. Certain other eligibility requirements apply. Call us at 417.268.9998 to learn more.

Purpose Home Repair and Plumbing is committed to providing an extraordinary value in Jasper, Newton, McDonald, and Barry counties. As a general contractor and plumbing social enterprise, customers will not only receive an excellent value for high quality work, they will simultaneously be supporting positive social change in the community by training future construction professionals. Visit www.PurposeHomeRepair.com or call 417.414.9515 to learn more.

IRS ADVISORY - July 15 tax-filing deadline is next Wednesday. Here's some helpful tips.

JOPLIN – Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), headquartered in Springfield, is launching a new social enterprise in Joplin, a nonprofit general contractor and plumbing business named Purpose Home Repair & Plumbing, which will serve Jasper, Newton, McDonald, and Barry counties. A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch and a showcase presentation of Purpose Home Repair & Plumbing’s first insulated concrete forms (ICF) project will occur:

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1601 Furnace Street
Joplin, MO 64801

LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home July 2020 Wish List. Please call us at 417.720.4213 if you can help by providing any of these items needed by pregnant mothers and their children.

Local TV station KY3 is listing Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri as a resource for assistance and a place to donate funds.

CCSOMO is advising the public about information from the IRS regarding Economic Impact Payment (EIP) record keeping. Recipients are advised to keep EIP Notice 1444 with all other important tax records.

The IRS is reminding the public that the extended deadline for submitting tax information is approaching on July 15, 2020.

Renters living in a HUD Multifamily Assisted or FHA-insured property are covered by a temporary eviction moratorium. To help renters determine if they are renting in a HUD Multifamily assisted or FHA-insured multifamily property, HUD has property data available online.

If you are receiving your Economic Impact Payment on a prepaid Visa card from Metabank, this notice will explain how to access your money and how to use your prepaid card.

CCSOMO began work with community partners to repair a local veterans home.

EWTN broadcast a national story featuring the work of Catholic Charities agencies across the nation.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is sharing this announcement from the Missouri Department of Social Services: P-SNAP (Pandemic Food Stamps Benefit) are available to provide maximum food assistance benefits per household size through May.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is operating during the COVID19 disaster. Today’s COVID-19 disaster and resulting job losses is making life difficult for many of our neighbors who were struggling before. As one of Missouri’s leading providers of disaster case management and services for the vulnerable, we are ready to help. The following services are available in Greene, Christian & Webster counties.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is sharing an urgent alert from the Internal Revenue Service.

SSA, RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by Wednesday to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Bishop's Walk has been converted into a virtual event. It will now be called Bishop's Prayer. Please register your support today!

Due to the coronavirus outbreak and an abundance of caution, CCSOMO is changing Bishop's Walk for this year.

You can help by making your tax deductible gift, which may also qualify for tax credits.

We hope you enjoy news and stories about our work supported by people like you. Thank you for your continued support.

Partnering with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, especially in sheltering the homeless, is an excellent way to engage your community and enact a Corporal Work of Mercy.

It was the 2011 Joplin tornado that spurred CCSOMO to grow into one of Missouri’s leading disaster case management agencies. We are working in 2020 to be ready if disaster strikes again.

CCSOMO offices in Cape Girardeau, Joplin, Sikeston, Springfield, and Van Buren are open today.

CCSOMO is closing its Joplin and Springfield offices at noon to ensure public safety.

Join us in celebrating Mass with Father Fergus in St. Anne's Chapel on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at noon. A potluck lunch will follow immediately after Mass.

Location: 424 E. Monastery St., Springfield, MO 65807

Disaster struck the town of Van Buren in 2017 when historic floods damaged homes nestled in a valley bottom cut by the Current River. Lisa Eager is a survivor of these floods.

Fortunately for Lisa, CCSOMO has grown to become one of Missuori's leading providers of disaster case management. Long after FEMA left the scene, CCSOMO shepherded Lisa through the long process of building a new home along with community partners. Now, three years later, on an invigorating and wet January day, Lisa was handed the keys to her new home.

Overwhelmed with joy and tears, Lisa had the following to say about CCSOMO staff:

"The girls, Ashley, Jemmalee, Angie (and Mike) deserve recognition. Mike has been with me all along. The other three, the girls, they're golden. They were thrown into this. If it wasn't for them, I'm afraid I would have already given up hope. Hearts of gold. Angels on Earth. They're my saving grace."

Volunteer to pray for our neighbors each Tuesday in our Chapel. If you could answer Jesus’ call and spend an hour in prayer at the Monastery, please contact Jill Bryant at 417.720.4213.

OZARK INDEPENDENT.COM - In a joint session and public hearing of the Springfield City Council and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development (CACCD), a number of local non-profit organizations made their pitch for funding from the Community Development Block Grant funds for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year.

SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL - Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Inc. named John Lunardini as senior vice president of operations for its 39-county service area. He previously worked as chief operating officer at Catholic Charities Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.

Jana Hukriede, CCUSA 2019 Volunteer of the Year
Jana Hukriede, CCUSA 2019 Volunteer of the Year

Jana Hukriede wins the Catholic Charities USA 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award!

Jana Hukriede was nominated to become Catholic Charities USA's 2019 National Volunteer of the Year.

CCUSA has now named Jana as a finalist.

This video above was submitted to CCUSA in support of her candidacy. Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri staff and friends speak in it about Jana's work in gardening operations at the agency. Jana has led an effort that now provides fresh fruit and vegetables to pregnant women in LifeHouse, a crisis maternity home and program of CCSOMO.

Register now for the 2019 Bishop’s Walk on April 13, 2019.