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    October 20, 2018

    Imagine not knowing where your next meal would be coming from or searching for a decent place to sleep where you are safe from the elements. Jefferson County’s homeless population lives this every day.

    On Thursday, September 20 at Elks Lodge in Festus, MO, dozens of local agencies joined arms to provide services to this population, reaching 88 homeless individuals including 19 children and 50 households.

    “Seeing so many Jefferson County agencies come together to assist and support our homeless population was an amazing experience to be a part of,” said MaryBeth Pugh, Housing Manager at COMTREA. “It may have only been a one day event, but Project Homeless Connect gave hope to so many people who do not know where to turn in times of crisis.”

    Project Homeless Connect offered services to the homeless population including ID cards via the DMV, acquiring birth certificates, clothing needs, a hot meal, dental services, veteran services, and other services.

    All of these services were provided at either a very low cost or no cost at all to those who qualified.

    COMTREA was awarded a $10,000 grant to launch the event as a way to help this underserved population with their basic and everyday needs.

    Other Missouri counties, including Cape Girardeau, offer Project Homeless Connect annually. COMTREA and other local agencies hope provide similar events to our homeless population on a frequent basis.

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  • MaryBeth Pugh, Housing Manager

    MaryBeth Pugh, Housing Manager

    Meet Our Familytrea

    MaryBeth Pugh, Housing Manager

    August 4, 2018

    I have been at COMTREA for two years. I started as a Community Support Specialist, and now I am the Housing Manager.

    I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Ben, for one year. He is a Senior Software Engineer and I am still trying to understand what he actually does. We have two cats that we love. I have six siblings, two nieces, and two nephews. I love spending time with family and friends, cooking, floral design, watching “The Office,” crafting, tattoos, traveling, and yoga. I hope to return to school in the fall to start the MSW program at UMSL.

    As Housing Manager, I work with the Department of Mental Health and various grants to find stable housing for individuals with disabilities. I am the processing center for the Supportive Community Living and Shelter Plus Care grants in Jefferson County. I also assist clients in finding and utilizing community resources.

    Currently, Jefferson County has been awarded $10,000 by the Missouri Housing Development Commission to host Project Homeless Connect. This event will take place September 20th, 2018 in Festus, MO.

    Project Homeless Connect is an event that aims to connect individuals in Jefferson County to services they need in one place, on one day. Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where individuals can have their various needs met. 

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  • Meet Angela Evans, Community Victim Advocate at COMTREA's A Safe Place

    Angela Evans, Community Victim Advocate at COMTREA's A Safe Place

    Meet our familytrea

    Angela Evans, Community Victim Advocate at COMTREA's A Safe Place

    October 4, 2018 

    MY JOB

    I work with victims of domestic assault that occurred in Jefferson County. I am a representative stationed at the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office (JCSO), and review all the intimate partner domestic assault reports. After reviewing report, I select cases to take on as a Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT). I reach out to victims and share resources, support, intervention, and advocacy. Sometimes, victims just need to be heard, but I support them with safety planning, emergency shelters, referrals to other community services, assistance with filling out legal documents, and attending court hearings. Cases are reviewed in a monthly meeting which includes the Prosecuting Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney Victim’s Advocate, Probation & Parole, Private Probation, JCSO Victim Services, JCSO Detective/Lieutenant, Family & Drug Court Coordinator, ASP Manager, & myself.


    I think it is important for victims to know they are not alone and that there is help out there. There are so many victims that “fall through the cracks” because the process can be so overwhelming and they may not know what to do or how to get help. So many will give up if they don’t have someone that believes in them, encourages them to believe in themselves, and helps them through a daunting and sometimes scary system. If I can help improve the lives of victims in our community by providing resources, support, intervention, and advocacy, then that will spread to others creating a positive chain effect! It is my hope that no victim feels unseen –that there are always options to any situation.


    I am a survivor of domestic violence and would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the services I received from COMTREA and ASP. In 2004, I sought shelter at ASP to flee a domestic violence situation and my life was forever changed! That experience fueled my heart and passion to help other victims. I have been volunteering with ASP since 2006 by speaking out at various engagements and fundraisers, modeling in the former ASP fashion shows (fun, fun!), becoming an ASP Ambassador, and participating in different committees. I am currently the chair on the Friends of A Safe Place Advisory Committee and love every minute of it; all community members are welcome so contact me if interested.

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  • National Dental Hygiene Month

    Dental Care Education: National Dental Hygiene Month

    Dental Education: National Dental Hygiene Month

    October 15, 2019

    October brings pumpkin spice, cooler weather, changing leaves, candy, and dental awareness!

    October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time to raise awareness for oral health and to acknowledge the dental professionals who tend to your teeth: dental hygienists.

    Dental hygienists are clinical providers who help you put together a plan of action to keep your smile healthy! They work closely alongside dentists to evaluate, treat, and educate you on your oral health.

    Most dental hygienists receive four years of education, must pass national and regional board exams, and are required to maintain a state license.

    Dental hygienists work directly with patients, cleaning teeth, taking x-rays and intraoral photos, and providing other diagnostic information, which helps a dentist diagnose oral health conditions.

    Dental professionals have the caring, attentive nature that helps them recognize and address issues that their patients are facing. Personal skills in compassion, sympathy, and respect for patients is necessary to be a successful hygienist.

    Next time you are in the dental office, say, “Hello”, to your dental hygienist and wish them a Happy National Dental Hygiene Month!

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    Patient Satisfaction Survey

    January 2018

    Patient Satisfaction SurveyReturn to News
  • Patient Satisfaction Survey Results January 2019

    Patient Satisfaction Survey Results

    Patient Satisfaction Survey Results January 2019

    Patient Satisfaction Survey Results January 2019Return to News
  • The Beating Facts of the American Heart

    The Beating Facts of the American Heart

    The Beating Facts of the American Heart

    February 26, 2019

    In the month of February, we are surrounded by roses, chocolates, and most importantly, hearts. This is the time to not only share what is in our hearts, but also to recognize its physical condition. American Heart Month brings awareness to an issue that continues to drastically increase.

    Nearly 33% of adults in the United States have high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure, can lead to potentially fatal outcomes.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

    Due to the prevalence of heart disease, it is important to regularly check the condition of your heart. There are multiple ways to check your heart health such as a scheduled appointment through your primary care provider or a through a simple at-home test.

    “There are many different tests and assessments a provider can perform to evaluate a patient's heart health like monitoring blood pressure, Electrocardiogram, Echocardiogram, and stress tests”, states Bess Stephens, Nurse Practitioner at COMTREA Health Center.

    Along with seeing your provider, it is also recommended to monitor your heart while at home. “A blood pressure monitor is a great way to watch your heart health, and is typically available to purchase at any local drugstore. A healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80”, continues Stephens.

     Exercising and eating a healthy diet are also major influences in maintaining the well-being of your heart. Some suggestions from Stephens are to, “Limit foods that are high in saturated fats and sodium. Incorporate the right amount of fruits, veggies, and whole grains in your diet; this will assist in maintaining a healthy body weight”.

    Stephens strongly advises against smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, getting enough sleep, and managing stress. These behaviors can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease.

    COMTREA Health Center, along with many other health care organizations in Jefferson County, exist to provide assistance with your heart health.

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