Welcome to Chillicothe, Missouri
Assistance Programs... Chillicothe is a giving community. Each year, many organizations, businesses, and individuals pitch in and donate their time and money to help those less fortunate.

For more information about assistance programs in Chillicothe,
contact any of the churches listed on our church page or call the city at (660) 646 1877.

To obtain more information on the Livingston County Community Foundation, contact Ron Wilder, at 646-0502, or email.

Joy Toy Volunteers at the RSVP Center, C-T Photo / Drew Van Dyke 12/09/10
The project uses a points system to assist parents and grandparents in buying toys for their children and grandchildren for Christmas, instead of monetary shopping. More than 175 families and 752 children were helped in 2010.

An active Salvation Army conducts a large food drive each year. The Ministerial Alliance, Retired Senior Volunteers (RSVP), various churches, and many, many other generous people coordinate fundraising efforts to benefit families in Chillicothe and the surrounding area. For more information on Senior Services, click here.

PAST (Partnership for Achieving Successful Transition): This is a local partnership whose focus is the successful entry of people into our community. The committee has been in existence since 2003, and the members represent local state agencies, community organizations, and faith based partners. The committee has worked diligently to compile all the wonderful resources Chillicothe has to offer. Click here to view the Resource Guide.  Download the complete Resource Guide here. Here is a link to additional basic resources: http://pastevents.webs.com

North Missouri Center for Youth and Families - The Chillicothe community welcomed the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families on May 23, 2014. Final construction on the NMCYF building, 211 Locust Street, has been completed and the program is set to begin this July, 2014, with full programming beginning at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Daniel Savage and the North Missouri Center for Youth and Families, along with the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the NMCYF building at 211 Locust Street. The ceremony began with Savage thanking the businesses and crews involved with this project that will now host the PowerUp after-school program.

Adult Day Center Opens in Chillicothe
Austin Buckner, C-T
Posted July 30, 2013

C-T Photo / Austin Buckner

CAPTION: The staff of Bella-Brooke Adult Day Center, located at 1115 Street in Chillicothe, welcome the public to a ribbon cutting and open house Tuesday. Bella-Brooke is open 6:30 until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Owners Geri Taylor Curtis and Diana Deardorff, who have more than 50 years of healthcare experience between them, said the facility will provide care, education and support to ailing and/or impaired adults and their caregivers in Chillicothe and the surrounding areas. The facility opened Tuesday with a maximum capacity of four clients per day. Curtis and Deardorff said the goal is to expand to ten clients in the near future and 20 patients by the new year.

A new business opened its doors today (Tuesday) with the goal of serving Chillicothe's seniors. Bella-Brooke Adult Day Center, located at 1115 Second Street, welcomed the public to an open house from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. today. A Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held at 10 a.m. The idea behind the adult day center, owned by Geri Taylor Curtis and Diana Deardorff, is to provide quality care, education and support to ailing and/or impaired adults and their caregivers in Chillicothe and the surrounding areas.

"The purpose of our facility is to give family members and caregivers a place that they can bring their loved ones to get a break," Curtis said. "They may have to work during the day and they're just not comfortable leaving them at home by themselves or they just need that extra break to run errands or just get a sense of relief. Caregiving is a very difficult job, it's a difficult task. When you're trying to take care of an ailing loved one, it gets very stressful. The purpose of opening the facility is to have a place where they can bring that loved one for a few hours or five days a week." Bella-Brooke will serve as a medical facility. Curtis and Deardorff have have over 50 combined years of health care experience. Their facility will offer medication administration, personal hygiene care, wound and dressing care, nutritional meals, vital signs monitoring, as well as mental and physical exercises. The day center also plans to provide a number of activities to accommodate the client's various hobbies. "We have a lot of possibilities," Curtis said. "We want to do it based on each individual interest and their capabilities. Weather permitting, we can go outside and putter in the back yard. Inside, we have checkers. We can do embroidery, sewing. Whatever they're interested in, we can find a way of working around it to build on that." The name Bella-Brooke comes from the names Curtis' two dogs that will frequent the facility. Deardorff said the animals provide an element of care that the caregivers can't. "Statistics show it does lower the blood pressure and increases the immune system," Deardorff explained. "They also have a calming effect. They help with stress. The dogs can give more than what we can in a very different way."

Bella-Brooke Adult Day Center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 660-646-1595.


The SALT Center (Simply Achieving Life's Triumphs) offers homeless individuals a place to stay and food to eat. Local businesses and organizations sponsor beds for those staying in the facility, while the largest portion of funding comes through local foundations. SALT is a shelter providing housing and food for homeless men, women, and families in Livingston and the surrounding counties. Since their opening, they have have added a nurse's station, on-site laundry, and recovery groups, and they are planning to provide life skills classes such as the SALT Academy, which helps adults acquire a high school diploma. SALT organized in 2010 and began providing room and board to individuals in March 2011. The SALT Center is an attractive brick building near the sheriff's office and police department. The SALT Center is the only emergency rural shelter in at least a 15-county area. The clients average a stay of 16.5 days. There is room for 13 clients within the center. A good portion of the men and women who stay at the SALT Center are employed and some have had college degrees. Most do not have substance abuse issues, nor mental health issues.

The SALT Center is located at 913 Webster Street, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Press - New Director at SALT Center
January 31, 2014

Sherrie Wohlgemuth has been named the new director of the SALT Center in Chillicothe. Wohlgemuth succeeds Jason Benson, who was the facility's first director. SALT (Simply Achieving Life's Triumphs) organized as a homeless shelter in 2010 and began providing room and board to individuals in March 2011.

SALT Board President Todd Rodenberg said there have been major changes recently within the organization. "The board made some difficult decisions but they had to be made in the best interest of the center and the community," he said. "Our goal is to ensure continued service and to meet the diverse needs of those who come to the center for assistance." Wohlgemuth's strengths include computer technology, accounting and grant compliance. "Our focus is to provide necessary services to the men, women and families we assist; as well as, improve community support and develop a positive long-term relationship with our donors and law enforcement," Wohlgemuth said.

Wohlgemuth is a graduate of Missouri Western State University and earned a degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business. She has gained skills through her work experience at the Department of Corrections, Experience Works and Green Hills Community Action Agency that will benefit the SALT Center, according to Rodenberg. These skills include working with government grant compliance, office management and community coordination with a focus on working with those who are in poverty and may have unique barriers.

As the proposed changes at the center are implemented, board members and the new director plan to meet with individuals or interested groups to discuss in detail the future plans for the SALT Center.

Press - County Community Foundation Donates $2,000 to SALT
February 15, 2013

The Livingston County Community Foundation (LCCF) announced a $2,000 grant to SALT (Simply Achieving Life's Triumphs), to go toward their general expenses. The LCCF grant is paid $500 each quarter for one year, totaling $2,000, so the benefit is spread over the entire year. The funds come from the Permanent Endowment account of the organization. The Livingston County Community Foundation was organized in January of 1998, with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for citizens of Livingston County through the generation and management of endowments and the awarding of grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in the county. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded 55 grants, totaling over $272,000.

CAPTION: A donation grant in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to the SALT Center from the Livingston County Community Foundation on Thursday (Feb. 14). Pictured here are Mary Ann Slattery (SALT board member), Eleanor Ward (SALT board member), Brenda Burke (SALT Resident Manager), Sherrie Wohlgemuth (SALT Executive Director), Pam Brobst (LCCF), Ron Wilder (LCCF), David Edwards (SALT Board Treasurer) Tawnya Jones (SALT Case Manager), and Jason Benson (former SALT Executive Director).

C-T Photo / Drew Van Dyke

For more information about assistance programs in Chillicothe, contact any of the churches listed on our church page or call the city at (660) 646 1877.

To obtain more information on the Livingston County Community Foundation, contact Ron Wilder, at 646-0502, or email.

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