Freedom’s Rest is a discreet shelter in an undisclosed location in Christian County serving those who are seeking shelter from domestic violence, threats of further harm and those who have been sexually assaulted and need a safe hiding place. It is the only shelter of its kind in Christian County.
The 30-60 day program gives victims and their children a temporary safe home where they can feel safe, learn, and find the support and courage to begin a new path of healing and safety for their family. Direct services provided include case management services to help residents address their legal and safety needs, counseling and life planning issues.
- It’s not just a place to stay – it’s a place to heal and begin to rebuild a new life.
- We have 16 rooms and are at capacity.
- We are forced turn away about 35 families a month due to limited resources.
- Currently the shelter has 19 children as residents.
- We receive over 80 calls a month to our 24 hotline asking for help
The Christian County Family Crisis Center’s shelter, Freedom’s Rest is a federally and state recognized not-for-profit corporation. It began in 1996 when a group of citizens, concerned about the growing epidemic of domestic violence, formed a task force to address the problem and provide services. In 2003, our Board of Directors accepted the donated use of a privately owned facility for a shelter. With the support of local churches, businesses, civic groups and individuals, the shelter was renovated and opened as Freedom’s Rest in 2004. We are the only shelter in Christian County, serving residents throughout southwest Missouri. We also cooperate with other shelters when the need arises to place victims out of their local area for their safety. Women and children fleeing from a dangerous situation, regardless of home domicile, are welcome at our shelter.
We are currently able to house 17 adults and their children in a temporary safe haven, while teaching them the skills needed to begin life anew.
Reporter Stephanie Garland tells you why the former Executive Director at Freedom’s Rest told KSPR News the shelter would close and if the shelter is now here to stay. Many people at Freedom’s Rest are relieved to here the shelter is here to stay. “It was December 24th I had a woman, a friend, they…Read More