Meet the Organizations Take-a-Stand Supports

A group of concerned citizens in Phelps County created Take-A-Stand against Child Abuse in 1996. And together, we’ve raised more than $800,000. Here is how your generous donations help the neighbors in our community:

Kids Harbor Too provides services to children in Phelps County who have been abused. This includes critical emergency response and counseling to children and families. Kids Harbor Too makes these services free to Phelps County children, including forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling, advocacy, and emotional support. To learn more, visit:

City of Rolla Fire and Rescue receives funds from PCCAN to provide free car seats for low-income families. They also install them and have free installation for all Phelps County families. The fire department receives minimal car seats from MODOT but the demand is greater than the supply. To learn more, visit:

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) receives funds for its WISH! program. With this program, children who are separated from their parents, living in foster care, and navigating the court system receive a birthday package with a cake mix, frosting/decorations, books, and gifts to celebrate their special day. To learn more or become a CASA volunteer, visit: https://

Prevention Consultants of Missouri receives funds for their Mentoring Makes a Difference program at Truman Elementary, Rolla Middle School and Rolla Junior High. M S & T students and other community volunteers serve as mentors to help students learn. Prevention Consultants also help educate parents who need both basic and enhanced learning to care for a child. Many of these parents have had their children removed for the home due to neglect or abuse. To learn more, visit:

Payer of Last Resort is a fund for families with children in Phelps County. It is a one-time help to meet basic needs such as electric, housing, transportation, and other crisis needs that may cause them to not be able to meet their child’s basic needs. Referrals can only be made by a local agency working with the family such as GRACE, St. James Caring Center, MOCA, etc. To learn more, visit:

St. James Caring Center supports the St. James backpack program. This collaboration with the St. James Schools provides nutritious food and personal care items every week to students in need. In addition, the backpacks often contain school supplies so these students have what they need in the classroom. To learn more about the St. James Caring Center and the help they provide to local families, visit:

Compass Health/Navig8 program works with adolescents with substance abuse disorders. Take-a-Stand funds a music lab to help with emotional expression, group interaction, and developmental skills that can improve quality of life. To learn more, visit: Rolla – Navig8 Adolescent Treatment Program | Compass Health Network

Youth Empowerment Program/Firehouse Coffee Shop program in St. James gives youth volunteers the opportunity to learn job skills by working at the Firehouse Coffee Shop. The kids also volunteer at local agencies in St. James such as community garden, Veteran’s home, Animal Shelter, and lawn clean-up for the elderly. To learn more, visit:

Newburg Children’s Museum receives funds to provide enrichment programs to local children after school. August through November and March through May, students participate in STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). These projects are taught by volunteers. The Newburg Children’s Museum also gives the children a snack, and most importantly, the opportunity to play. To learn more, visit:


Abundant Blessings is a resource center located in Rolla that serves foster, relative and other referred or low-income families. Families can obtain new or gently used clothing, toiletries and more as well as referrals or connections to other community supports. Abundant Blessings vision is to cultivate a sense of community in order to support families so they can achieve success and the mission goal is to care for physical needs, connect community members to establish a network of support, cultivate knowledge to empower families and communicate needs to the community.

Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption uses the money raised from Take-a-Stand to help children who are separated from their parents. Through its Kinship Navigator Program, assistance is given to relatives who serve as foster parents by providing beds, dressers, training for the foster parents, and other essential needs for the child. To learn more or make a donation, visit:

Four Rivers works to prevent child neglect in Phelps County by providing school-aged children with much needed hygiene supplies. Items include: toothbrushes/toothpaste, deodorant, soaps, brushes/combs, etc. With the money raised through Take-a-Stand, they will also purchase diapers and pull-ups for the Rolla Diaper Bank. By addressing economic challenges for at-risk families, Four Rivers can help prevent violence and reduce the number of neglect and abuse reports. To learn more, visit: Four Rivers Community Health Center in Rolla and St. Robert, MO

Drug-Free Communities is a youth-led effort in which high school students are trained to share a wellness and drug-free presentation to middle school and junior high students. They make these presentations each quarter, touching the lives of nearly 1,000 children. Statistics show that if a child can avoid substance use while still developing, they are 4-7 times less likely to become addicted and suffer the devastating health consequences. To learn more, visit: GRANTS OUR COALITIONS ARE WORKING ON! – Prevention Consultants of Missouri

Hope Alliance/Friday Backpack Program feeds more than 450 children every week, giving them food over the weekend. They send home kid-friendly, nutritious food to students who rely on the Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch program. They put a variety of foods into each student’s bag. They believe that if our community can lessen food insecurity and anxiety, we can lessen the occurrence of child neglect. To learn more, visit: Home | Hope Alliance of Missouri (

Sleep in Heavenly Peace provides beds to children who are sleeping on a couch or on the floor. The money from Take-a-Stand helps them purchase lumber, hardware, mattresses, and brand-new bedding. When a child gets quality sleep, it reduces tension in the home and improves school attendance and learning. To learn more or make a donation, visit: Apply for a Free Twin Bed - Sleep in Heavenly Peace (