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Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health Golf Tournament Supports Hope Center

The West County Community Hope Center golf team is made up of, from left to right, Brandon Goesmann, Tom Long, Todd Watson and Ken McIntyre. Dan Schunks

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health hosted its first gold tournament Oct. 19 at Terre du Lac golf course to benefit the West County Community Hope Center in Leadwood. A total of 26 four-person teams took to the course to golf for a good cause.

The WCCHC is a faith-based community organization that hosts recovery and grief groups, helps students achieve high school equivalency, provides adequate housing for low-income families, and teaches parenting and grandparenting skills. The organization covers the West County School District but is not affiliated with it.

Proceeds from the tournament will go to purchasing insurance for a house the WCCHC plans to rehab for low-income housing. The organization has already purchased the house but can’t begin work on the dwelling until it is covered by insurance.

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health on Weber Road in Farmington has been in existence for 49 years. When asked how the Hope Center was chosen to receive the proceeds from the tournament, President and CEO Cathy Schroer said, “We’ve worked with [Hope Center Vice President Betty McIntyre] before. It seems like a good fit. The mission is helping people, and we want to make sure that we can support them.”

Schroer thanked the gold and silver sponsors who supported the event. The gold sponsors are First State Community Band-Park Hills, Walmart, Barton’s Insurance, and US Foods. The silver sponsors are Sugarfire BBQ, Unico Bank, Gunter Rentals, BJC Healthcare, Donyel Burns Realty, and Southern Missouri Reentry.

Schroer also explained many of the services that Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health offers.

“We have an office in Farmington, Potosi, Rolla, Salem, Houston, Steelville, Poplar Bluff, and Piedmont, ” she said. “Within the last few months, we have opened three residential facilities. We have 16 beds at Farmington, Salem, and Poplar Bluff. So, people with a lot of needs will go into residential for as long as they need, and then we’ll move them to outpatient.”

The services include providing for people who are suffering from chemical dependencies, emotional problems, psychiatric disorders, and other crises of life.

“We want to thank everybody for their hard work in making the tournament fundraiser a success,” Schroer said.

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