Lafayette House
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About Us

Our Vision

All those who need help will seek it and find a
sanctuary that nurtures, empowers and improves
the quality of their lives.

Our Mission

Lafayette House provides a safe environment for women, children and their families touched by abuse and addiction. Working collaboratively, Lafayette House promotes self-sufficiency through education and
encouragement while constantly striving to address the evolving needs of our clients and our community.

Our Values

Lafayette House values:

Individuals and their right to make their own choices
Equality and accountability in relationships
Integrity and innovation in our staff and services

Our History

Founded in 1978 by a group of concerned volunteers, Lafayette House began as a short-term option for women who needed a safe place to stay overnight to escape abuse.

Today, Lafayette House is a 55-bed sanctuary for women, children and families who are victims of domestic violence or who struggle with addiction.

Through our residential shelter facility in Joplin and outreach office in Neosho, Lafayette House offers a full scope of services to support women and their families. Domestic violence intervention, substance abuse treatment, children's services, and child care are all available in a caring, nurturing environment.