In November 1965, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) was organized as a non-profit agency designed to work toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in Southwest Missouri. Today, OACAC serves the low-income population in ten counties, including Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster. As a Community Action Agency, OACAC works to better focus available local, state, private, and federal resources to assist low-income individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge, gain access to new opportunities and achieve economic self-sufficiency. OACAC carries out its mission through a variety of means including mobilization of financial and non-financial resources, community-wide assessments of needs and strengths, advocacy on behalf of low-income people, comprehensive antipoverty plans and strategies, partnerships with diverse community-based organizations to eliminate poverty, and provision of a broad range of direct services.
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At the Child Advocacy Center, our mission is twofold – serving the needs of abused and neglected children in South Central Missouri and providing education to break abuse cycles and ultimately prevent child abuse in our region. As a satellite Child Advocacy Center, we serve families in Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Texas, Wright, and Shannon Counties. Read more...