Rebuilding the community, retaining the culture



OUR VISION: We will return the south side of Cape Girardeau to a united, hopeful community of motivated residents who prosper, support each other and live their dreams.

OUR MISSION: We are working to help people dream again and imagine the possibilities of what their lives can be. we want to raise the standard of life, equip the community to thrive, and be a beacon of hope that stamps out poverty through economic growth, education and wellness.



A Distinct Identity

The People Organized to Revitalize Community Healing, or P.O.R.C.H. Initiative, was organized in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in early 2018 with a single goal -- to devise a plan to recreate the vibrant community that once flourished on the south side of our city. A committee of residents is quarterbacking this effort by identifying a vision that reflects the hopes and needs of residents using a framework designed by Purpose Built Communities. You can learn more about the Purpose Built model at

We want to return to the days when residents enjoyed, maintained and controlled their neighborhoods from the front porches of their homes. It was a time when the local community was built upon access to educators, healthcare providers and business owners who were invested in the neighborhoods they served.

We believe these goals are attainable, and we will strive to build productive partnerships with our local government and existing community organizations to return the south side to the P.O.R.C.H. mindset. Together, we can recreate an economic and socially vibrant place for south side residents and the Cape Girardeau community at large.



The P.O.R.C.H. Initiative is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do as a not-for-profit organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our community's biggest challenges. We help ensure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.

We believe community betterment is best addressed in three key areas: Cradle-to-Career Education, Community Wellness, and Mixed Income Housing



Achieving Potential From Day 1

We are dedicated to partnering with Cape Girardeau public schools and city officials, as well as trade and university programs, to activate a plan that emphasizes growth, learning, and achievement. We believe we can facilitate progress in this area by supporting the following efforts:​

  • Open an early learning center for preschool-aged children that holistically prepares children for school

  • Develop STREAM school policy so that resident students have choice of attendance, with additional capacity populated through a lottery system 

  • Establish a career readiness program for junior-and high-school students as well as adults that provides access to trade school, university, military and other post-high school opportunities 

  • Support development of a community pool, so long as it is large enough from the outset to operate for the entire community without planned exclusions for special events


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