COI Enriching Lives Through Community Service Community Outreach Initiative offers a wide array of programs to the community. The Emergency Food Pantry distributes food to those in need while the Douglass Clothing Store offers reasonably priced clothing, dishes, appliances, and more. During the Holiday Season, the Toys for Tots programs provides toys for children and families. Explore the Program CASA Supporting the Representation of Neglected Children Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children is a community-based program that recruits, trains and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Explore the Program Kids In Motion Providing a Positive Experience for Youth Kids in Motion prepares young participants for the workforce by encouraging strong work ethic, personal responsibility and self-reliance. Explore the Program Head Start Offering Education Programs to Local Families Head Start is a nationwide program that serves expectant families and children age birth to five who meet income guidelines. These families experience activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Explore the Program Assisting with Rent, Utility, and other Housing Payments The Housing Assistance Program recieves several funding sources to help eligible clients pay their monthly bills. Explore the Program Housing Services

Welcome to Douglass Community Services

Douglass Community Services, Inc. is a private, not for profit human services agency based in Hannibal, Missouri, that sponsors programs such as Head Start; Court Appointed Special Advocates; Kids In Motion; Emergency Food Pantry; Monthly USDA Commodity Food; Senior Food Boxes; Christmas Blessings Program; Emergency Utility Assistance; Foster Grandparents; Super Suppers and Youth Summer Meals; 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.

Head Start & Early Head Start
(HS/EHS/CCP)

Kids in Motion
(KIM)

Housing Services

Court Appointed Special Advocate
(CASA)

Community Outreach Initiatives
(COI)

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 Statement: Douglass Community Services is a trusted partner in building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities

Vision Statement: Douglass Community Services will be an exemplary partner in the community by transforming unmet needs, honor all people’s dignity, and instilling hope to build stronger kids, stronger families, and stronger communities.

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 175 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 9 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.”