Our Community In Action
A Quarterly Publication of Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri
Volume 11, Issue 2 - Spring 2016

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Agency Briefs
Summer utility assistance will begin June 1st, 2016. Summer EA can only be used toward electric bills, and only in the event of a disconnection notice. If you applied, and were approved for, winter energy assistance, you are already qualified for summer and just need to notify us when you receive a shut-off notice. However, if you have moved since winter or were not approved for winter assistance in 2015-2016, you will need to fill out a new application with your current address.

Section 8 Housing reminds all applicants that there is currently a waiting list. All appointments are scheduled at our Trenton office. To schedule your appointment, please call 660-359-3907 or 855-290-8544 option 5. You MUST schedule an appointment in order to apply.

The Women's Health Clinic Schedule is available on their website. Vendors and sponsors (see below for more details) are also still being accepted for the 2016 Women's Expo.

Our Community Partner Fund program is accepting applications. We set aside funds to share with various partners in our service area who also focus on assisting low-income households. If you are interested in making use of these fund for your service organization, we welcome you to apply.

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CAPNCM donated emergency backpacks to FSD full of supplies for displaced kids!
Many thanks to the awesome ladies of the Lake Viking Quilters for their donation of these gorgeous handmade quilts for our FSD backpack program. This wonderful group is always on the lookout for donations of material, so if you have any to spare, please consider them!!

Poverty Simulations

A month in the life...

How do we get our neighbors, our leaders, and our communities to see how poverty feeds into the cycles of teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, or incarceration? The Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri (CAPNCM) wants to open people’s eyes to the human cost of poverty. A poverty simulation is a unique opportunity to help the community understand what life is like with a shortage of money & an abundance of stress. Many of the individuals and families in our nine county service area face poverty every day. Using a simulation kit, participants role play in the lives of low-income families. Family scenarios are given out to groups who participate and each family is given time to seek   services and support, obtain financial assistance, and simply decide how to spend what little money they have to survive.

What Would You Do?

Week 1:
The month has just begun and your family must decide what to do first.
“I have no job and my bills are due”
“I have to get to work and my mother is too sick to help care for the baby”

Where do I go, what do I do?
Week 2:
Participants are realizing that it is frustrating to wait in line and not have enough money to pay bills.
“If I pay my utilities and rent do I purchase groceries or medication for my child?”
Where do I go, what do I do?
Week 3:
Participants that have not paid their mortgage will receive eviction notices.
“My child is skipping school and suddenly offers to help purchase groceries or pay bills.”
Where do I go, what do I do?
Week 4:
Participants will have to get all of their bills paid and the family fed by the end of the week.
“I wonder what the minimum amount is that I can pay to keep my utilities on?”
Where do I go, what do I do?

How Does It Work?

In the simulation, 40-85 participants will assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty.
Some families are newly unemployed, senior citizens receiving social security income only, or grandparents raising their grandchildren. The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15 minute “weeks”.
The simulation is conducted in a large room beginning with the families seated in groups in the center. Around the perimeter are tables representing community resources and services for the families. These services include; a bank, a grocery store, a Community Action Agency, an employer, utility company, pawn broker, DFS office, payday and title loan facility, daycare, and school.
For more information about poverty simulations or information on how to schedule one for your group, please contact Traci Fields ext. 1080 or Brandi Pittman ext. 1077
Sponsorships Still Available
The 7th Annual CAPNCM Women's Health Services Holiday Expo has been scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 9am – 2pm. We ask you to please consider becoming an event sponsor. Sponsors are invited to hang a banner in the gymnasium advertising their business, products, or services. Each event sponsor will also be mentioned frequently in our Expo advertising materials and during the course of the event. Banner sponsorships are only $25 – want a high visibility, low cost advertising solution that will be visible to hundreds of women from the Green Hills area? This is a great opportunity!

At the heart of this event is a very worthy fundraising cause. Your sponsorship money will go to help the Women’s Health Services program operated by the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri. This program provides low-cost health care options to thousands of women in this area, including services such as reproductive care, cancer screenings, treatment of infections, availability of contraceptives, and educational materials.
Missouri Works Assistance (MWA)
Missouri Works Assistance (MWA) Program works directly with FSD (Family Support Division).  The program is designed to help clients whom receive Temporary Assistance gain education and/or work experience to obtain employment with hopes of getting off Temporary Assistance. Since October 2011, the MWA program has helped 41 participants obtain a job, 4 participants obtain their GED or high school diploma, and has helped 4 participants complete post secondary education or obtain a certificate of completion.
Don’t forget these numbers when you need to get in touch with CAPNCM!

Phone Options
#0 Receptionist
#1 Utility Assistance
#2 Employee Directory
#3 Weatherization
#4 Service Center
#5 Housing
#6 Employment
#7 Women’s Health
Other Numbers
1.660.359.6619 (local fax)
1.844.503.1872 (toll-free fax)
1.660.359.2038 (LIHEAP fax)
1.877.611.7600 (WHS toll free)
1.800.735.2966 (Missouri TDD)

New Signage
The front entry of 1506 Oklahoma looks a little bit different with the addition of our logo in the window! Our hours of operation are also now posted on the outer and inner doors (Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, closed daily from noon - 1pm for lunch).


CAPNCM offers services to individuals to become self-sufficient by empowering them to obtain the resources needed to build strong families & communities.


CAPNCM envisions a world without poverty in which all people have access to necessary resources and are treated with dignity.

Our Community in Action is a quarterly publication by Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri. If you have particular programs that you would like to see highlighted in future issues, or if you know someone who would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact:

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri
1506 Oklahoma Ave.  Trenton, MO 64683
Phone: 855-290-8544 | Fax: 844-503-1872
Aaron Franklin, Executive Director

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