Quantcast

Joplin announces new plans to care for the homeless - KOAM TV 7

Joplin announces new plans to care for the homeless

Updated:

Joplin's Homelessness Implementation Plan Team is getting ready to dive back into the numbers for money and other resources needed to better care for the homeless.

Members of this implementation team say they were briefly interrupted by last year's tornado.

But they want their goals, established in 2008, to still be a part of Joplin's overall goal of redeveloping.

Before last year's tornado and the monumental cleanup afterward, including meetings with Joplin's master redeveloper, there were new plans of how to heal and care for the homeless.

But the coordinator of the homeless shelter Watered Gardens and members of Joplin's Homelessness Implementation Plan Team say the goals are still the same.

"Overall, we haven't seen much change in the number of needs that we're meeting, though," says James Whitford of Watered Gardens.

"Now, the way we might go about achieving them may have shifted," says Terry Wachter, the co-chair of the Homelessness Implementation Team.

In 2008, the City of Joplin coordinated a task force to discuss ways of better taking care of the homeless and preventing homelessness.  Task force members had three years to put plans into action.

Among the goals is a new permanent housing project for the homeless.

It's now been four years and the Salvation Army has announced plans to construct permanent housing in phases.

"What we're hoping is, just as with all of the other community issues since the storm, there have been opportunities for lots of funding, lots of other new ways of thinking," says Wachter.

Watered Gardens now offers overnight care for the homeless, which is paid for with vouchers.

The homeless work or volunteer to get these vouchers.

"Well you know as well as I do there are some people who don't want to play that game, they're not interested in earning anything - they just want a one way 'give me hand out,'" says Whitford.

And Homelessness Implementation Plan members say this reaffirms the need for a new rehab center.

Details of the rehab center, which would include drug abuse education, are still being worked out.

On Friday and Saturday, Watered Gardens will sponsor a conference learning about ways to reduce dependency on welfare.  It is being held at MSSU's Justice Center at 7 p.m.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Local church offers free Easter meal for community

    Local church offers free Easter meal for community

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:13:15 GMT
    The Easter holiday is a time when churches celebrate Jesus's resurrection with morning services and dinners. But one local church is hoping to spread Jesus's message even be The Easter holiday is a time when churches celebrate Jesus's resurrection with morning services and dinners. But one local church is hoping to spread Jesus's message even beyond this day.yond this day.More >>
    The Easter holiday is a time when churches celebrate Jesus's resurrection with morning services and dinners. But one local church is hoping to spread Jesus's message even be The Easter holiday is a time when churches celebrate Jesus's resurrection with morning services and dinners. But one local church is hoping to spread Jesus's message even beyond this day.yond this day.More >>
  • Study on sleep aid Ambien has doctors and patients weighing options

    Study on sleep aid Ambien has doctors and patients weighing options

    Sunday, April 20 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:10:45 GMT
    The popular sleep aid medication Ambien can be raising the risk of heart attack by 50 % for some who take it, that's according to a recent study presented to the American Heart Association.More >>
    The popular sleep aid medication Ambien can be raising the risk of heart attack by 50 % for some who take it, that's according to a recent study presented to the American Heart Association.More >>
  • 50 thousand eggs at hunt in Miami

    50 thousand eggs at hunt in Miami

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:35:48 GMT
    Great weather today for kids to grab up some of 50 thousand eggs during a tremendous Easter event. The Miami high school soccer fields were covered with spring colored eggs for the Miami first assembly e-14 egg hunt. Kids as young as toddlers up to those age twelve were able to get their hands on the eggs filled with toys and chocolate. While the event is fun for the whole family, organizers from The Miami First Assembly Church,want kids to take away more than just a few treats but a remin...More >>
    Great weather today for kids to grab up some of 50 thousand eggs during a tremendous Easter event. The Miami high school soccer fields were covered with spring colored eggs for the Miami first assembly e-14 egg hunt. Kids as young as toddlers up to those age twelve were able to get their hands on the eggs filled with toys and chocolate. While the event is fun for the whole family, organizers from The Miami First Assembly Church,want kids to take away more than just a few treats but a remin...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.