Research presented in Joplin’s homeless plan “Headed for Home” in September of 2009 presents an average unmet need of 80 beds to adequately provide shelter for those in need. Soon after that report, one of the shelters in town disbanded, resulting in an immediate 33% increase in the need, leaving Joplin with only one emergency shelter. This is remarkably inadequate for our city.
In 2010, Watered Gardens began advancing toward meeting this need including discussions with city leadership, the “Headed for Home” implementation committee, and other “sister” organizations. With sprinklers installed on all three floors of our building and an external fire escape constructed, we were literally at the doorstep of offering initially 20 beds for shelter; potentially life saving measures for the homeless in our community.
By December of 2010, we received commitments to cover the necessary capital improvements! With construction underway, we could finally look forward to sheltering people and impacting hearts with God’s message of love and life-change. The final step to realizing this dream was to raise the money to cover the ongoing operating expenses the shelter would incur. Thanks to a number of supporters, the shelter opened on April 1, 2011.
We currently have 30 beds available for men, and now that the women’s shelter is complete, 10 beds are available for women.
There are many ways you can be involved. We need breakfast teams, dinner crews, overnight monitors, check-in help, and financial support. Contact us through this website or call 623-6030 for more information.