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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

Matt Gunter

Community Program Director

Sara Dye

Community Program

Mary Hill

Community Health

Leticia Jarred

Courtney Rushing

Housing Resource

Rachel Book

Family Health

Jenifer Godsey

Workforce Readiness Coordinator

Early Childhood

Michelle Caldwell

Community Health

Our Board

Tommy Allgood, President - FCC Behavioral Health - Retired

Dorothy Adams, Vice President - CASA of Dunklin County

Gwedolyn Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer - Business Owner

Christina Nixon, Member - FCC Behavioral Health

  Marianne Dalton, Member - Kennett Trust

  Bob Green, Member - Member - 

  Denton Kooyman, Member - Mayor of Malden

  Mon T. Grays, Member - Veterans of Foreign War

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