Members of the Harvest House Board and resident managers spent the last Saturday planning for the next three to five years.

The Harvest House has been a shelter for families and individuals who have needed a home for a short while as they get their life back in order. Since the shelter is located at the end of Rural Street, the setting has given those utilizing the building a quaint peaceful place to call home for a short while.

On Saturday, a new set of challenges were brought before the board, which included discussing the best ways to serve the community. Overall, the board discussed the cause of ramping up its mission to serve as many homeless as it can. At any time of the year, occupancy can be 100 percent, especially during the winter months.

“We worked with them to to facilitate the direction for the next five years,” Central Missouri Community Action Community Organizer Evan Melkersman said.

Melkersman, along with CMCA’s Program Officer Angela Hirsch facilitated the workshop.

Goals were set and methods were finalized to take the shelter into the next three to five years.

About the Harvest House

Harvest House Inc. was formed in December 1988 after a series of discussions between the Cooper County Human Development Corporation, the minister of the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church, and a spokesman from the University of Missouri Extension Service.  Throughout 1989 the board worked to locate a facility, raise funds and establish operation.  Through a special arrangement with the Benedictine Sisters, the former nurse home adjacent to the old St. Joseph Hospital was purchased.  After much volunteer work, Harvest House Shelter was opened in June 1990.  A 6-room addition, named for the founders of the Harvest House, the Reverend Earl and Mary Jackson was completed in August 2005 and is now used as our women/children residence.

Since this time, the Harvest House has filled the needs of homeless and needy families in the Boonslick area.  It also serves as a place for Boonville Correctional Center families to stay when visiting incarcerated family members.