Welcome to Chillicothe, Missouri
Assistance Programs... Chillicothe is a giving community. Each year, many organizations, businesses, and individuals pitch in and donate their time and money to help those less fortunate.

For more information about assistance programs in Chillicothe,
contact any of the churches listed on our church page or call the city at (660) 646 1877.

To obtain information on the Livingston County Community Foundation, contact Ron Wilder, at 646-0502, or email.

Joy Toy Volunteers at the RSVP Center, C-T Photo / Drew Van Dyke 12/09/10
The project uses a points system to assist parents and grandparents in buying toys for their children and grandchildren for Christmas, instead of monetary shopping. More than 175 families and 752 children were helped in 2010.

Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope - Pathway of Hope is a program offered through The Salvation Army in Chillicothe, and its goal is to provide individualized services to families with children who want to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. The program seeks to address the root causes of poverty and is blended with The Salvation Army's history of compassionate serving. "By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency," said Lynda Snuffer, case manager of The Salvation Army. Through involvement with Pathway of Hope, families are introduced to services available within The Salvation Army as well as other areas in the community that offer a network of support and a sense of community. Snuffer became case manager in June, and the Pathway of Hope is one area in which she will be working. Through the program, she will focus on a holistic approach and provide spiritual guidance in areas of job training, health services, childcare and education, housing options, legal services, and more. Once enrolled in the Pathway of Hope program, the individuals will meet with Snuffer or Lt. Shannon Forney regularly to help decide on the next goal. To learn more about the Pathway of Hope program, contact Lynda Snuffer at 660-646-3538.

Food Pantry - The Salvation Army also provides a food pantry to people in need. The pantry is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 1 until 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 621 Mohawk. Donations are accepted at any time, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the office closed from noon until 1 p.m. Individuals may seek food pantry assistance once every 30 days; however, they may obtain bread on Wednesdays the Thursdays while supplies last. The pantry has significant need at this time for peanut butter, meats (canned tuna and canned chicken), cereal, easy-to-prepare items, breakfast bars, and toaster pastries. To qualify for the food pantry, individuals must be from Livingston or Grundy counties. They must provide a photo ID and a Social Security Card. To learn more about the food pantry, contact Lynda Snuffer at 660-646-3538. The Salvation Army keeps an updated post of items needed for the food pantry on its Facebook page.

Christmas - Applications for adopting families and Christmas Baskets will be available and accepted at The Salvation Army in Chillicothe and at First Christian Church in Trenton each October/November (contact the Salvation Army for dates). The Angel Tree is also set up at Wal-Mart for individuals to shop for Christmas gifts for local people in need. Christmas Kettle Ringers are also sought to help with the red kettle campaign, which will begin in mid-November.

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PAST (Partnership for Achieving Successful Transition): This is a local partnership whose focus is the successful entry of people into our community. The committee has been in existence since 2003, and the members represent local state agencies, community organizations, and faith based partners. The committee has worked diligently to compile all the wonderful resources Chillicothe has to offer. Click here to view the Resource Guide.  Download the complete Resource Guide here. Here is a link to additional basic resources: http://pastevents.webs.com

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North Missouri Center for Youth and Families - The Chillicothe community welcomed the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families on May 23, 2014. Final construction on the NMCYF building, 211 Locust Street, has been completed and the program is set to begin this July, 2014, with full programming beginning at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Daniel Savage and the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families, along with the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the NMCYF building at 211 Locust Street. The ceremony began with Savage thanking the businesses and crews involved with this project that will now host the PowerUp after-school program.

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Adult Day Center Opens in Chillicothe

C-T Photo / Austin Buckner / July 30, 2013

CAPTION: The staff of Bella-Brooke Adult Day Center, located at 1115 Street in Chillicothe, welcome the public to a ribbon cutting and open house Tuesday. Bella-Brooke is open 6:30 until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Owners Geri Taylor Curtis and Diana Deardorff, who have more than 50 years of healthcare experience between them, said the facility will provide care, education and support to ailing and/or impaired adults and their caregivers in Chillicothe and the surrounding areas. The facility opened Tuesday with a maximum capacity of four clients per day. Curtis and Deardorff said the goal is to expand to ten clients in the near future and 20 patients by the new year.

A new business opened its doors today (Tuesday) with the goal of serving Chillicothe's seniors. Bella-Brooke Adult Day Center, located at 1115 Second Street, welcomed the public to an open house from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. today. A Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held at 10 a.m. The idea behind the adult day center, owned by Geri Taylor Curtis and Diana Deardorff, is to provide quality care, education and support to ailing and/or impaired adults and their caregivers in Chillicothe and the surrounding areas.

"The purpose of our facility is to give family members and caregivers a place that they can bring their loved ones to get a break," Curtis said. "They may have to work during the day and they're just not comfortable leaving them at home by themselves or they just need that extra break to run errands or just get a sense of relief. Caregiving is a very difficult job, it's a difficult task. When you're trying to take care of an ailing loved one, it gets very stressful. The purpose of opening the facility is to have a place where they can bring that loved one for a few hours or five days a week." Bella-Brooke will serve as a medical facility. Curtis and Deardorff have have over 50 combined years of health care experience. Their facility will offer medication administration, personal hygiene care, wound and dressing care, nutritional meals, vital signs monitoring, as well as mental and physical exercises. The day center also plans to provide a number of activities to accommodate the client's various hobbies. "We have a lot of possibilities," Curtis said. "We want to do it based on each individual interest and their capabilities. Weather permitting, we can go outside and putter in the back yard. Inside, we have checkers. We can do embroidery, sewing. Whatever they're interested in, we can find a way of working around it to build on that." The name Bella-Brooke comes from the names Curtis' two dogs that will frequent the facility. Deardorff said the animals provide an element of care that the caregivers can't. "Statistics show it does lower the blood pressure and increases the immune system," Deardorff explained. "They also have a calming effect. They help with stress. The dogs can give more than what we can in a very different way."

Bella-Brooke Adult Day Center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 660-646-1595.

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The Community Resource Center is a 30-day emergency shelter. It provides emergency overnight shelter to men, women, and families. The essential services include meals, laundry service, hygiene products, hot showers, access to recovery services and case management. All services are provided in a clean, sober environment. Upon intake, clients must take a voucher to the Chillicothe Police Department to be run for extraditable warrants before staying at the CRC. Clients are required to do a Breathalyzer test each night at check-in to ensure sobriety. The Community Resource Center also works to meet the needs of our community members by connecting them to necessary resources as well as by providing assistance in the application process to access these resources. The Community Resource Center, the only homeless shelter in the 16 rural counties north of I-70, is a designated emergency shelter for the American Red Cross. The shelter provides, without discrimination, services such as shelter, food, education and job assistance, with a focus on youths age 24 and younger.

The center, located at 913 Webster Street, has 12 beds and a crib available for those in need, offering a place to stay that is safe, friendly, and out of the elements.

The services offered by the CRC are dedicated to helping the homeless... obtain emergency shelter, obtain benefits from federal and state programs like the VA, SNAP, and Social Security. apply for and obtain employment. Other services available to the community...

Assistance with complicated paperwork to obtain benefits, assistance, medical coverage, citizenship, etc.;
Tax preparation and tax credit paperwork for poor and elderly;
Clothing and household goods for needy;
Designated emergency shelter for the American Red Cross;
Source of information about services available at other agencies and who to contact;
Partners with the Community Garden;
Partners with the Livingston County Humane Society;
CRC Academy;

Ongoing needs include: toilet paper, laundry soap, personal hygiene items, office supplies, paper, cleaning supplies, shampoo for rug cleaner, silverware, glasses, plates, cups, towels seasonal clothes and other items as residents transition into their own housing.

Any donations may be dropped off at the side door of the center. Those wishing to donate should call and make sure there is staff or volunteers on hand to help unload the items. 

All donations are tax deductible. Make all checks to Community Resource Center.

Our clients need OATS Bus passes for jobs, interviews and doctor visits.

01/04/18 C-T - The Chillicothe Correctional Center Morale Committee held a food drive to collect nonperishable items to be donated to a local shelter. On December 26, 2017, all 441 items collected were delivered, including 337 canned goods, 68 boxed/dry goods and 36 hygiene articles, to the Community Resource Center in Chillicothe. Shown here with Sherrie Wohlgemuth (front), CRC executive director, are, from left: Dan Ellis, CCC Fire and Safety Manager; Eric Anderson, CCC Corrections Case Manager II; and Suzanne Brandes, CRC Resident Manager.

For more information about the Community Resource Center, call the Community Resource Center at 660-646-1667 or visit their website at https://communityresourcecenterblog.wordpress.com/.

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With a goal of helping alleviate poverty and improve the lives of families within the community by offering quality, gently used clothing, furniture, home decor, toys and housewares at extremely low prices, or through a voucher program to ensure no one in the community is without basic clothing and other items Helping Hands of the House of Prayer opened June 13, 2018. The organization will accept gently used donations. Space is limited and not all donations will be accepted. Items considered to be un-sellable may be refused. Those wishing to donate are asked to call for donation information and times.

The Helping Hands of the House of Prayer is located at 315 Violet Street, just west of the House of Prayer Rescue Mission. The facility is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Hours are subject to change. Call 660-752-5260 or 660-646-3450 for more information.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley 06 19 18

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The purpose of Livingston County Cancer Assistance is to provide assistance to those who need it most, the group's letter seeking support states. "Those who are in the midst of a trying time in their lives. A check in the mail to help with the fuel bill for getting back and forth to treatment, or to pay a utility bill when incomes are reduced."

Board members include Paul Howard, Patricia Howard, Debby Peery, Sherry Jones, Lynn Jackson, Sandy Wolf, Sherry Weldon, Lori Lyon and Larissa Regan.

Those eligible for the program must be a Livingston County resident, have a cancer diagnosis confirmed by an oncology healthcare provider, and be in active treatment. Contact the Livingston County Health Center for an application. Board members can also be reached through email at livcountycancerassistance@gmail.com.

Future fundraisers are planned; but until then, the group is seeking donations to start helping those in need as soon as possible. Anyone wishing to donate should contact Sherry Weldon at the Livingston County Health Center at 660-646-5506 or Lori Lyon at the United Methodist Church of Chillicothe at 660-646-2580. Checks can be made out to UMC-LCCA and mailed to The United Methodist Church, 1414 Walnut Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

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The merger of two local food pantries in January, 2019, allows the organization to have a stronger impact on our community and bless our community. Recently, the Life Center Food Pantry and the Livingston County Food Pantry merged. Ultimately allowing one food pantry center to reach more citizens. Life Center Pantry began as an outreach of Cornerstone Church but has operated for the past four years under the Chillicothe Ministerial Alliance. Recently, a longtime lead volunteer for the Life Center Food Pantry decided to step down. While the Ministerial Alliance and the community of churches behind it looked for a person to take over operations, the idea emerged to join the Livingston County Food Pantry. The Ministerial Alliance will supply the Livingston County Food Pantry with the ability to get more food into the center and into the community. The group will continue to support the food pantry on the same level it was supporting the Life Center Food Pantry with administrative costs and more.

The Livingston County Food Pantry will continue to be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Monday and Friday. The Livingston County Food Pantry will also be open the Thursday and Friday after the second Wednesday of each month to distribute USDA Foods, formerly known as commodities. The purpose of the mission was always to help those in need and to strengthen the community.

Usually the organizations served about 450 individuals a month. The Livingston County Food Pantry is always accepting volunteers and donations. For more information stop by the center located at 403 Locust Street.

PHOTO - Mary Ann Slattery sits outside of the Livingston County Food Pantry talking with clients as volunteers unload a truck of vegetables to be distributed. Recently, the Livingston County Food Pantry merged with the Life Center Food Pantry. CT PHOTO/ANGIE TALKEN

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