About Us

Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative

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Safe and Sanitary Homes, a collaborative of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, was created in Springfield, MO to raise awareness about the impact of hoarding and squalor in our community and provide resources for those dealing with this serious issue.

Mission

Our mission is to ensure the health and safety of all citizens and first responders by educating and empowering our community to address and alleviate hoarding and unsanitary living conditions.

Goals

  • To educate the general public about how to live in a safe and sanitary environment through the prevention, identification and mitigation of hoarding and severe squalor situations.
  • To provide families and caregivers of hoarders and those living in severe squalor with resources and tools to begin to take steps to identify and mitigate the problem.
  • To create a process to assist those suffering from hoarding and/or severe squalor to identify and mitigate the problem.
  • To provide families, emergency responders and visiting professionals to the home with tools and training to address situations of hoarding and severe squalor.
  • To create a referral process for those wishing to seek assistance or those hoping to assist someone suffering from hoarding and/or severe squalor.

Members

The Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of every month.

Active Members: Safe & Sanitary Homes Collaborative

  • Andrea Bench, Burrell Behavioral Health, Transitions
  • Barbara Lucks, City of Springfield Environmental Services
  • Cara Erwin, Springfield Fire Department, Prevention Division
  • Chris Straw, City of Springfield Building Development Services
  • Christian Mechlin, Robberson Community School
  • Dana Kluesner, Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Divsion
  • Eric Johnson, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Kari Shipman, The Wooten Company
  • Kathryn Wall, Springfield-Greene County Health Department
  • Kathy Nordyke, Missouri State University, Office of Citizen and Service Learning
  • Mark Struckhoff, Council of Churches
  • Morey Mechlin, Care to Learn
  • Pam Stoelzel, Burrell Behavioral Health, Senior Services Department
  • Patricia Deck, Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Randy Villines, Springfield Fire Department Assistant Chief of Prevention
  • Asher Allman, Missouri State University, Office of Citizen and Service Learning
  • Betsy Miller, 2b Organized
  • Carol Robinett, Counseling Center of the Ozarks
  • Julie Mercer, Paul Davis Restoration
  • Michelle Garand, Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Richard Virning, Connections Handyman Services