The Springfield Police Department is going to be honored Thursday by the Southwest Missouri chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness as one of its officers is honored by Eden Village for their work with the homeless in the city.
NAMI Southwest Missouri is giving the Springfield PD their Community Partner of the Year award.
“NAMI Southwest Missouri recognizes The Springfield Police Department for their continued dedication, loyalty and commitment to our community and to NAMI Southwest Missouri,” Stephanie Appleby, Executive Director NAMI Southwest Missouri, said in a statement. “The Springfield Police Department has gone above and beyond to help us accommodate the needs of our clients not only through CIT but through support, education and service. We are thankful to the Springfield Police Department for working to achieve the highest level of service to our most vulnerable population.”
In addition to the department’s award, the organization behind Eden Village will be honoring one officer for this work with the homeless community.
The group is giving Corporal Mike Evans the 2020 #NoOneSleepsOutside Award.
“At Eden Village we believe that the root cause of homelessness is the catastrophic loss of family,” Dr. David Brown, Co-Founder of Eden Village, said in a statement. “Earlier this year, Corporal Evans went above and beyond the call of duty to reunite a homeless individual with his family and by doing so effectively ended the individual’s homelessness. It is actions like this that move us all one step closer to the dream of a city where no one sleeps outside.”
Cpl. Evans and the department will be honored Thursday at the Police Fire Training Center.