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About us

The mission of the Caring Council is to link services and resources to enhance the opportunities for children and families to achieve their highest potential. The Caring Council is dedicated to strengthening families, schools, and communities, and to promoting coordination and cooperation between social service providers, churches, the business community, and the educational system, in order to empower families and individuals to become more self-reliant, responsible, and resourceful.


The Dunklin/Stoddard Caring Council is one of twenty community partnerships throughout Missouri supported by the Family and Community Trust.  These partnerships form a unique network to focus on six core result areas: Parents Working, Children Safe, Children Ready to Enter School, Children & Families Healthy, Children & Youth Succeeding in School and Youth Ready to Enter the Workforce.  For more information on Family and Community Trust, visit their website at


Six Core Results

Parents Working


Children Safe


Children Ready to Enter School


Children & Families Healthy


Children & Youth Succeeding in School


Youth Ready to Enter the Workforce

Our Team

Cheryl  Bruce

Executive Director

Michelle Caldwell

Community Health

Mary Hill

Community Health

Leticia Jarred

Matt Gunter

Financial Director

Courtney Rushing

Community Program Coordinator

Rachel Book

Family Health

Jenifer Godsey

Workforce Readiness Coordinator

Community Program

Our Board

Tommy Allgood, President - FCC Behavioral Health - Retired

Dorothy Adams, Vice President - CASA of Dunklin County

Lisa Johnson - Executive Director - DCHD

Christina Nixon, Secretary - Executive Director - OAKS


 Denton Kooyman, Member - Mayor of Malden

 Mon T. Grays, Member - Veterans of Foreign War

 Debbie Crafton, Member - Business Owner

 Zachery Hardin - FSCB Bank

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