Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri is a grassroots faith-based organization formed to improve the quality of life in the Springfield area and throughout Missouri. Our Vision for Springfield and beyond is for economic dignity, racial equality, fair access to opportunities and inter-faith cooperation for all. We seek to work toward this vision through prophetic voice, faith community cooperation, leadership development, issue education and collective action to positively impact life in Springfield and our State.
Why We Organize
- In 2015 Springfield was designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a severe fiscal distress city. Springfield is the only metro area in the state with that designation, outpacing Kansas City, St. Louis and the other five metro areas.
- The average hourly wage in Springfield is 20 percent below the national average.
- Springfield’s free and reduced lunch rate is 55 percent. In many neighborhoods, it is 80 percent.