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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

Kristi Smith

Housing Resource

Sara Dye

Community Program

Leticia Jarred

Workforce Readiness Coordinator

Michelle Caldwell

Community Health

Ellen Wood

Housing Resource

Matt Gunter

Program Director

Courtney Rushing

Housing Resource

Rachel Jaco

Family Health

Kelendria Johnson

Community Outreach

Mary Hill

Community Health

Jenifer Godsey

Early Childhood

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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