COPE’s mission statement is “To support the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse.” The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of COPE share a strong commitment to increasing public awareness of domestic violence and providing a protective environment for victims and their children. In providing for the emergency needs of people we will not discriminate for any reason including but not limited to the distinctions of race, religion, national origin, sex, handicapping conditions, or age.
At COPE, Inc., we offer so much more than a safe and secure shelter for women and children. We provide resources and assistance to men, provide court support services for victims of crime, collaborate with medical facilities and hospitals with our sexual assault program, offer education through our Preventing Abuse and Violence Everyday (PAVE) in area schools, facilitate weekly support groups, organize community awareness programs, offer financial assistance, provide life skills programs, support children through age appropriate programs along with our 24-hour hotline and crisis intervention. We work one on one with individuals to empower them and equip them with the necessary tools to lead a life free from violence.
Do you want to save 70 Percent on your State Taxes?
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that COPE, Inc. has been approved for state tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). COPE will utilize donations received as part of this NAP project to provide emergencyaid and shelter services to victims of domestic violence, to enhance the PAVE project (COPE’s educational program, Preventing Abuse and Violence Everyday), to bring a trauma-specific counselor to Lebanon, and to enhance COPE’s legal and sexual advocate programs. This will enable COPE to increase the number of survivors served in Laclede, Dallas, Wright and Texas Counties.
The DED administers the Neighborhood Assistance Program that helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds. They accomplish this by providing 70 percent state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects. Over three years the NAP project will generate $500,000 for COPE.The Neighborhood Assistance Program is utilized by not-for-profit organizations throughout Missouri to make their communities a more desirable place to live and work, as well as assisting in economic development.
Call Mary Young at COPE, 417-533-5201, for more information. We have limited credits available.