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Douglass Community Services
Head Start and Early Head Start
Healthy Families Project
Kids in Motion
Community Support Services
Court Appointed Special Advocate
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Douglass Community Services, Inc. is a private, not for profit human services agency based in Hannibal, Missouri, that sponsors programs such as Head Start; Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Kids In Motion; Healthy Marriage Initiative; Emergency Food Pantry; monthly distribution of commodity foods; Christmas Adopt A Family; Emergency Utility Assistance; and the Nifty Thrifty clothing store. Additionally, the agency’s personnel are active in advocating and intervening for families and individuals experiencing problems with day-to-day crises.  Also housed in the DCS Central Office is the Foster Grand Parent satellite office and the Hannibal Free Clinic.

About Douglass Community Services

Douglass Community Services began its existence as Douglass Community Center in 1969, at property owned by the Second Christian Church whose congregation saw a need to bring people of different races, religions, and walks of life together to form an organization that would address problems associated with prejudice and poverty in the community. Many local churches were supportive of Douglass Community Center during its beginnings, and its Articles of Incorporation reflect the early church affiliation.  They state the organization was formed “to perform in a Christian atmosphere services contributing to the relief of the poor, the distressed and the under privileged….”  They go on to state that “the corporation shall be operated exclusively for charitable purposes as provided for corporations…. under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Codes.”  Today, Douglass Community Services, Inc. is still recognized as a strong, well run, faith based charitable organization.

Mission to Serve Northeast Missouri

Douglass has expanded its service area to include eight counties in Northeast Missouri. Those counties are Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Lewis, Pike, Shelby, Macon, and Randolph. A considerable number of personnel are required to provide services to the children, families, and individuals touched by Douglass Community Services.  Currently DCS carries approximately 150 employees on its payroll, which is over 3.3 million dollars annually plus benefits of over $1,128,000.  The combination of funds administered by Douglass Community Services totals over seven million dollars annually.

Because of Douglass’ unique mission statement, organizational structure, and place in the community, it continues to reach out to people in ways that other organizations may not be able to.  It continues to create new opportunities for community service to many people each year, by means of new and innovative approaches to community education and outreach. The agency’s board of directors and staff look forward to the time that there will eventually be no need for the services provided.  But as long as such need exists, Douglass will continue working to build "stronger communities by helping people help themselves."