Sammy's Window
Sammy’s Window

Foster families have an abundance of love to share, but they often times they need help with resources when they bring in children in need. That’s where Sammy’s Window comes in, ready to connect families with the resources they need.

Mission statement

Helping children and their families touched by foster care and adoption.

Why was your organization started?

There are thousands of children in southwest Missouri in foster care. Often, they do not have items they need when they enter the foster system, or during their stay in the system.

Whom does your organization serve?

We serve families in 28 counties in southwest Missouri who are touched by foster care, adoption, kinships or are in danger of slipping in to foster care.

What services do you provide?

We provide food, clothing, hygiene items, diapers and wipes, school supplies and other practical needs through Sammy’s Window. We also provide links to training, crisis intervention, support groups, advocacy and counseling referrals through our parent company, Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.

How does someone obtain services?

Contact me at (417) 849-7941 or We will start the ball rolling!

Do you accept volunteers?

Yes, but in limited numbers. A great way to volunteer is by doing a supply drive.

What kind of donations do you need/accept?

Food items such as: Canned corn, green beans, tuna, soup, canned fruit, mac and cheese, beans, cereal and peanut butter. Shoes or gift cards. Hygiene items: Detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, dental products, detangler, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, kids shampoo and body wash, diapers, wipes, and school supplies. New or gently used clothing in all sizes. Cash is always welcome. Always needed.

Is this a local chapter of a larger organization? If so, when did this chapter begin?

Sammy’s Window started on its own in 2009 as a project to assist a Foster Caseworker with an expressed need. As that need was met, more and more needs became known. Now we have a store, store, located at 1774 1/2 S. Grant Ave. in Springfield, for the families we serve, where our clients can make their own selections. We charge no fees, and everything is completely free. We are now a part of Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.

Contact Sammy’s Window

Phone: 417.849.7941




Mark Hay – Director

About author:

Kandice Matteson is the Advertising & Editorial Director and Co-Publisher of From Our Nest magazine, residing in Ozark with her husband, two daughters and two dogs. With a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s in rhetoric, Matteson spends almost as much time dissecting the meanings and motives behind language and composition as she does watching Frozen with her two daughters. She's a quasi-crunchy mama who cherishes children and loves to share knowledge and information with all that will let her.

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