By Kyle Siegel
Recently the Pettis County Community Partnership (PCCP) relocated to a new facility in the State Fair Shopping Center. They are now located at 1400 S. Limit, Suite 29, which previously housed Midwest CompuTech. Executive Director Cheri Heeren sat down with the Sedalia News-Journal to discuss the move and some of the many programs that the PCCP offers.
The PCCP was previously located at 515 S. Ohio for the past 15 years. Heeren was asked why the PCCP made the decision to relocate their facility.
“”We needed space. We needed a better organized space. The other building was a maze of smaller offices. With our growing housing programs, we needed them to be closer together. We were too crowded,” Heeren said.
When asked how the response has been to the new location, Heeren said, “We love it. We have lots of windows here that we didn’t have. Fresh paint makes everyone feel good.”
Currently, there are 11 people that work out of the PCCP office. Heeren has been with the organization for 17 years and she began as the first full-time employee for the PCCP in 1996.
Heeren spoke about the expanded housing programs that the PCCP is able to provide to the citizens of the greater Pettis County area.
“We go some additional monies this year. We got to expand our housing programs to Morgan and Benton County.
“Putting Roofs Over People (PROP) is the overall group that is there to discuss housing. We have an Emergency Solutions Grant, Supportive Housing Program and the Missouri Housing Trust Fund,” Heeren explained.
“To improve the quality of life of people who live and work in the greater Pettis County area. We are also a hub for information exchange. We put out a resource guide for the community. We help thousands of people,” Heeren explained.
“We are about identifying community needs. We look at what is needed and bring people together around those needs,” Heeren added.
While the PCCP receives the bulk of its funding from the state, they also receive some funds from the United Way.
“Sedalia is amazing in the way that the agencies work together. We are noted for that in many areas as a community, Heeren said.
Another project that Heeren excited is the addition of another bus to the city bus route.
“We handle the funds for the Community Transportation Partnership. That is the group that oversees the plans for the bus. Recently they added a second bus to the city bus route. It took 15 years to happen, but we didn’t let go of the idea,” Heeren said.
Other programs offered by the PCCP include the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), MO Reentry Process Steering Team, The Food Co-op and Activity Builders for Children (ABC).
The Pettis County Community Partnership also offers a variety of multicultural services, which include the PCCP Literacy Center, Family Nutrition Education Program, Sabados Latinos, West Central MO Multicultural Forum and Cultural awareness activities.
If anyone has questions about these programs, or are requiring additional information, they may call (660) 827-0560. They may also stop by the new office located at 1400 S. Limit, Suite 29. They may also visit the PCCP website at www.pettiscommunitypartners.org. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.