Dear friends,

For 40 years, CCO has worked to improve the quality and length of life for residents facing the most dire challenges. 2017 was an especially challenging year because the local, state, and federal programs our families count on to help provide access to healthcare, food, and housing remained under constant threat.

Right here in Missouri, our state legislature refused to act to expand Medicaid or reduce the triple-digit interest rates on small loans—solutions our families urgently need to ensure they can see the doctor when they get sick and access credit in periods of emergency.

CCO and our partners have consistently and powerfully pushed to address these issues. Unfortunately there is still much more work to do.

As I write this letter, Congress is debating whether to cut billions of dollars from the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid to give millionaires and billionaires tax cuts they don’t need. These immoral actions with surely mean thousands of residents right here in Missouri will not be able to access the life-preserving care they need.

The social and economic safety net that allows our families to experience basic human dignity is under attack.

Now more than ever, we need your support. We are seeking to raise $25,000 by the end of December 2017. Please consider becoming an ongoing member for just $5/month or $60/year. There is a membership option for organizations and faith communities as well.

You can also make a one-time contribution. Your support of any size ensures our important work continues without interruption. Become a member or donate at our secure online portal:



Seft Hunter, Ph.D.

Executive Director