Emergency Help

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We provide shelter for those who are homeless.
We provide a safe place where people can come to get their lives put back together.
We provide spiritual, financial, and life guidance to those who stay with us.
We provide food, clothing, and household items to those who are in need in our community.
We provide a place for people in our community to serve the “least of these.”


The Council of Churches of the Ozarks assists with basic services, food, shelter, clothing, a comforting hand to help in times of need. Committed to the idea of serving the community through unity and with compassion, CCO serves children, seniors, families, and individuals through nine unique outreach services. As complex community issues, such as child abuse, poverty, homelessness, and hunger arise, CCO and its outreach services, in partnership with member churches, engage these issues, offering service and a faith-based voice.

Children’s Haven provides emergency shelter to children ages 0-17 whose families are experiencing a crisis. A family crisis may include but is not limited to homelessness, parent or sibling hospitalization, fear of child abuse or neglect, lack of food or utilities, parents seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment, or incarceration of a parent.


Community-based services to persons with developmental disabilities.


The Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area (ESC) is a private non-profit Community Action Agency, created in October 1965 to serve the needs of low-income individuals and families. The mission of the agency is “to help families currently caught in poverty to find a way out, and to work in our communities to prevent the conditions of poverty from affecting future generations.” Our main goal is to help individuals function financially, physically, mentally, and socially at their own level and aid their attempts to attain new levels which will allow them to become self-sufficient. Services include Head Start, Early Head Start, Employment & Training, Weatherization, Home Repair, Women’s Health, and Family Planning.


Helps with unmet needs of children in foster care in McDonald and Newton counties.

Food stamps; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Environmental/Epidemiology, Medical, Animal control, WIC, emergency preparedness, and administrative services.


Lafayette House provides services for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, and treatment for those with substance use disorders. Our services include shelter, inpatient and outpatient services, and a variety of support services including counseling and case management. We have a licensed child care center on site.


Employment training services for individuals receiving TANF assistance.