While the ever-changing weather is often a mere nuisance to many of us in Southeast Missouri, there are some individuals in our area that are affected more significantly when the temperatures drop. Some are without a warm home, a hot meal, and other necessities when the weather gets bad. However, Downtown Cape is lucky to have so many people and organizations that care for our community. Take a look at some of them below.
The People’s Shelter at the St. James A.M.E Church plays an especially important role in helping the homeless in this weather. Located along the border of OTC’s district at 516 North Street, this church opens its doors as a shelter any evening that temperatures are below 32 degrees.
First Presbyterian Church focuses a large part of its efforts on ending hunger in the area. The FISH Food Pantry located at 106 S. Sprigg serves those in times of emergency. Many other local churches are involved with this food pantry, including St. Mary Cathedral and Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church. These organizations also distribute food for non-emergency situations on every Tuesday and Saturday, except for the last week of the month. The Salvation Army at 701 Good Hope Street also works to end hunger by serving hot meals the last week of each month, the most famous being the Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
Multiple organizations offer dinners that foster a sense of community. Christ Episcopal Church, also referred to as the “Red Door Church” at 101 N. Fountain Street puts on a Community Meal on the last Sunday of the month. For this event, the church often partners with other organizations or businesses including Burrito-Ville and Cape Pride, Inc. Another organization that offers community meals is One City at 610 Independence. This organization has Community Gatherings in order for individuals to come together over a meal to better understand and support one another.
The Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri (aka Community Caring Council) is a one-stop-shop for anyone in need of assistance in the area. Located at 937 Broadway Suite 306, their mission is to improve the lives of people in our community. They have a wide range of priorities and projects, including housing assistance, parental education, mentoring, and food pantries.
Also located at 937 Broadway in Suite 103, the Samaritan Regional Health Clinic offers free non-emergency healthcare to those with chronic illnesses. The office is open on Wednesdays to low income individuals and families. By appointment only (573-388-4504).
On these cold winter nights when you go home to your warm house and eat a warm meal, be thankful for these luxuries. Remember: you can always show your appreciation by volunteering or donating to these organizations! Check out their websites and Facebook pages to learn how to get involved.
All of us here at Old Town Cape would like to sincerely thank all charitable organizations in our downtown area for their important work in improving the lives of those in our community!