Shelter Advocacy & Education
The mission of Harmony House is to provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence and promote the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse.
This mission is supported by four agency goals:
- To provide short-term emergency protective shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
- To help survivors of domestic violence break the cycle of abuse through programs of education, support, referral and advocacy.
- To disseminate information to the community that promotes understanding about the factors involved in domestic violence, its prevalence, causes, patterns and prevention.
- To advocate for changes that will provide the opportunity for a lifestyle free of domestic violence for all people.
Our buildings cover a quarter of a square block in Springfield and employs 25 full and part-time staff members. An all-volunteer Board of Directors consisting of 21 community members oversees the operation of Harmony House, and a pool of additional volunteers assist with service delivery.
2011 marks the 35th year Harmony House has served domestic violence survivors, protecting the lives of over 10,000 survivors of domestic violence.
The center began as a grassroots all-volunteer organization. The first survivors served were sheltered in volunteers' homes and area hotels, then in rented shelter homes.
Harmony House was incorporated on May 10th, 1976 as Family Violence Center.
In 1981, Harmony House became a United Way funded organization.
The 24-hour crisis hotline was established in 1978. A toll-free, nationwide 800 number was added in 1991.
In 1991, the center moved into its first agency-owned shelter, a facility that sheltered 35 women and children.
In 1996, through donations from Carol Jones and Bee Payne Stewart, the center acquired its current shelter building and offices. The shelter could then hold 70 individuals.
In 1999, a childcare building was constructed and day care and groups for children were added to our services.
In 2005, and again in 2007, internal relocations increased the shelter capacity to 90 beds and then up to 110 beds.
In 2010, The Family Violence Center changed their name to Harmony House.
2011 marks the 35th anniversary of Harmony House, Family Violence Prevention Center.
Over the past 35 years Harmony House has:
- Served over 250,000 meals
- Answered over 70,000 SAFEline calls
- Provided over 300,000 safe bednights
- Offered shelter to and protected the lives of more that 6,000 women and 5,000 child survivors of domestic violence in the Ozarks.
Meet Our Board
Harmony House is governed by a Board of Directors which determine policy and planning for the agency.
The Board of Directors are representative of the total community. At least one member must be a survivor of domestic violence.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Board of Directors please click here for the application.
Chris Ollis, Vice Chairperson -
Paula Rector,Past Chairperson -
Jackie Langdon - Vice Chairperson
Candace Letterman, Secretary -
Amanda Tummons, Treasurer -
Brent Beattie -
Elisa Coonrod -
Nancy Fazzino -
Magers Lodgings, Inc
Anjanette LaBellarte -
Alan McMurtrey -
Mac’s Vet Supplies
Dan Patterson -
Paul Satterwhite, -
Joel Thomas -
Todd Wilson -
Harmony House Administration Team
- Executive Director- Lisa Farmer- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director of Development-Esther Munch- email@example.com
- Development Associate- Trish Sharpensteen- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accounting Coordinator-Lisa McAninchemail@example.com
- Interim Shelter Director- Brittney Walker- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer Coordinator- Lisa Keene- email@example.com
- Interim Outreach Coordinator- Brigitte Walker- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donations Coordinator- Sharon Harter- email@example.com
- Building Coordinator - Bill Armstrong - firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Team