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The Alliance of Southwest Missouri is a non-profit partnership that works in the areas of health, safety, prevention, and education. We work with businesses and community agencies to coordinate resources that will strengthen families and prevent unhealthy and unsafe behaviors. Our initiatives include: Safe Kids, SafeTeens, Project CARE (Child Abuse Prevention), Educare, DYS Mentoring & Full Potential. We also support numerous community coalitions.

Motivated by the love of Christ, Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri seeks to improve the lives of the vulnerable by providing quality, compassionate social services which meet local needs.


Temporary home and nurturing care for local children ages 0-17 whose families are experiencing a crisis such as overwhelming parental stress, homelessness, hospitalization, fear of abusing or neglecting children, lack of food or utilities, parent seeking substance abuse or mental health treatment. Through the services we provide, we work to protect children, prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce family stress, and ultimately keep families together. Professional staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost to families.

“Veterans Helping Veterans Find the Way Forward" Compass Quest Veterans Advocacy Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that assists veterans, serving military and their families in Southwest Missouri and the surrounding “4-States” region. Compass Quest engages in supportive programs that include veteran peer mentoring, team building activities and VA systems advocacy. Compass Quest provides navigational assistance to veterans in the community to obtain local, regional, and national services. Sustaining services include faith-based mentoring and working with local organizations to partner eligible disabled veterans with trained service dogs.

Our mission is to remove barriers that hinder the pursuit of wellness. Our goal is to instill a sense of worth and belonging for our fellow warriors. During the last 5 years, we have formed many partnerships with other organizations and businesses, so we can effectively support this segment of the community. We have provided direct or referral support to over 2,500 individuals.
The programs and activities listed below aid in developing a renewed sense of Belonging and Usefulness as well as building a new Sense of Purpose. We provide assistance in the form of activities, mentoring and referrals.

Jasper County Veteran Treatment Court Mentoring
Welcome Home to Joplin Military Talent Recruitment Campaign
Veterans’ ASCENT Transition Outreach Program
Joining Community Forces Council
Creative Arts and Writing Therapy
Community Involvement & Camaraderie
VA Medical Advocacy & Alternative Programs
VA Education & Compensation Assistance
Legislative Advocacy
Disability Claims Advocacy & Legal Aid Referrals
Peer to Peer Support
Thin Red Line K9:
We also have a separate yet equally important endeavor, Thin Red Line K9s which we use to provide advocate for eligible Disabled Veterans being placed with Service dogs. We want to make a lasting difference and allow those veterans chosen to go into a qualified program to prevail.
Community activities:
Annual Veteran Owned Small Business Summit
Quarterly Compass Quest VetTogether Social Outings
Compass Quest 6th Annual 22-Kilometer Veteran Suicide Awareness Ruck March

Compass Quest Veterans Advocacy Group

3901 East 32nd Street

Joplin, MO 64804

Located inside the Ozark Center Hope Springs
Call to schedule an appointment
(417) 438-8387 or


Providing funding and support for persons with developmental disabilities throughout Jasper County.

Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC) is a private non-profit Community Action Agency, created in October 1965 to serve the needs of low-income individuals and families. The Vision:  A thriving community of neighbors that is free from poverty.  The mission is to provide comprehensive services that instill hope and share opportunities to eliminate the conditions of poverty and help neighbors achieve self-sufficiency.  Community work and direct services include Utility Assistance, Homeless Programs,  Homeless Employment Opportunities, Disaster funding, Head Start, Early Head Start, Employment & Training, Weatherization, and Home Repair.

Jasper County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a chapter of the national CASA that places volunteers with foster children to guide and support them through the process of finding a permanent home.  Volunteers who work as court-appointed special advocates meet regularly with a child or sibling group in the foster care system and advocate for their rights. Volunteers are appointed by a judge and communicate with parties in the case and make recommendations to the court that are in the best interest of the child.  Volunteers are always needed!

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