Picture this: It’s a cold, windy October night. You have nothing to eat, nowhere to store your belongings and no place to go. What would you do?
Many people in our community experience these terrifying thoughts each night. Fortunately, Harvest House is here to help.
Harvest House is a homeless shelter located in Boonville, Missouri. It opened in June of 1990, and since then, it has filled the needs of homeless and needy families in the community and beyond. In fact, Teresa Graham, co-resident manager along with her husband Frankie, has had individuals come in from as far as Arkansas and Iowa.
“We shelter and educate people that are down on their luck and have no place to go,” said Graham. “We give them beds, feed them, help them find jobs and take them to and from these jobs.”
Men, women and children are welcome at Harvest House as well as transients and referrals from other shelters.
In addition to providing free food, laundry services, affordable shelter and job placement services, Harvest House also provides limited counseling.
Harvest House is open and available 365 days per year. Whether it’s a rough time and one needs help getting back on his/her feet, it’s a broken down car while traveling through mid-Missouri or it’s simply needing a bed for the night, the only prerequisite to stay is need.
When asked what prompted to Graham to take on the position of resident manager, she stated, “God told me this was the job He wanted me to do.”
Harvest House provides free Internet computers and both local and long-distance telephone calls. These assist in the job search process. It has three different programs dedicated to helping individuals find jobs, said Graham. These programs range from 30 days to 120 days.
Heart of Missouri United Way funding helps Harvest House to better the community as it works to meet the basic needs of the homeless by contributing to the provision of shelter, food and services. We are proud to support Harvest House and all of our other partner agencies. Click here to join us.