Shelter Location

Lake Area Helping Hands Inc.

68 Holden Drive

P.O. Box 1141
Camdenton, MO 65020


Phone: 573-346-4968

E-mail: CamdentonHomelessShelter


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 "One can Meal" drive

canned Meal drive!  We are collecting Meals for homeless and needy people in the lake area. We are asking for complete Meals in a can. soups, stews, chili, gumbos ect "one can meals" with meat and or protien. please come in and help us help others in need!! A man never stands any taller than when he bends down to help a child or someone in need!! Thanks a Bunch !! Ron.  Let's make a deference!!


We have expanded our children's clothing section. We now have a larger selection for you to choose from. Come in and save some money!

We have a new juniors section in our store with lots of name brand jeans.  Come check out our new "Just In" rack.  New items coming into the store are first placed on the just in rack. Be the first to see the new arrivals and save.

the village flea market!

On September the 14th 2014 we opened The Village Flea Market...right next door to the Thrift Store.  It's just a short walk across the parking lot.


The Flea Market has larger items such as T.V.'s, stereos, VHS players, small appliances, large appliances, lighting, ceiling fans, inspirational books, reference books, cook books, home decor, wedding supplies, autobiographies, sporting goods, golf equipment,  exercise equipment and more furniture we even have the kitchen and bathroom sink, as well as many other items.  TVs are priced at about a dollar an inch.


Volunteers are ALWAYS needed and welcomed at the Thrift Store and Flea Market.  We need assistance sorting the items we receive, loading and unloading donated items, picking up donated items, cleaning, and genral repairs at the store and shelter.


A man never stands any taller than when he bends down to help a child or someone in need!


Volunteering is a GREAT way to give back to the community!


Please call Ron at 417-718-3178 if you would like to volunteer or stop by and see us at the store.


We love to receive your donations.  Feel free to drop off items anytime during our regular business hours:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


We accept out of season items any time of year!!  Bring us you winter in summer your Christmas in July whatever you have we will take it any time of year!


If you have items that are too large for you to bring in and need them picked up, please call Ron at 417-718-3178.


We appreciate your donations!


If you would like to make a monetary donation, please mail it to the following address.


Lake Area Helping Hands, Inc.

P.O. Box 1141

Camdenton, MO 65020


Or you can stop by and see us at the Thrift Store on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Thank you for helping us meet the needs of those less fortunate in our community.

By Spree Hilliard Posted Jul. 24, 2012 @ 12:01 am Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM
Habitat For Humanity gives Helping Hands a hand

Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Lake Area Helping Hands to renovate a mobile home to house Helping Hands clients. Habitat for Humanity started on the renovations in April 2011 and finished in June 2012. Skirting needs to be placed around the bottom of the trailer

The trailer after.


Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Lake Area Helping Hands to renovate a mobile home to house Helping Hands clients. Habitat for Humanity started on the renovations in April 2011 and finished in June 2012. Skirting needs to be placed around the bottom of the trailer.

After that, the trailer will be inspected and then will hopefully start housing clients. Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity played a big role in the renovation project. "If it wasn't for Habitat for Humanity, this wouldn't have happened," said Manager Ron Estep.

What was done? The mobile home received new flooring, windows, ceiling, roof, siding, plumbing, cabinets, appliances, sheetrock and wooden decks. "Pretty much everything is new," said Estep. The project cost more than $27,000 to complete.

What will it be used for? Sometimes Helping Hands sees clients who need help for longer periods of time than the average client stay. Some need help kicking an addiction. The trailer will allow Helping Hands to house men who need help in those areas. The trailer will house about six men including a "house dad" who will oversee the other clients. The men will stay about six months to a year and go through a 12-step Bible-based program that will aim to help them break their current cycles. "I think it will be a big help. It will give them a longer chance to stay away from bad habits and bad influences," Kathy Estep said.

Needs? Many volunteers, individuals, organizations and churches have donated their time and items to this project, but more is needed. Helping Hands is asking for anything that is needed in a home to help fill the trailer. The shelter itself also has a few needs. Volunteers, monetary donations and transportation are always major needs. Helping Hands is working on opening a thrift store in Camdenton in August. If anyone has anything to donate, you are asked to contact Helping Hands by calling 573-346-4968.

About Helping Hands: Lake Area Helping Hands is a transitional housing facility located in Camdenton. The staff helps clients find jobs and get back on their feet before being independent. The Estep's hope for the client is to leave Helping Hands when they can move into a place of their own and be secure. Helping Hands serves the biggest amount of clients from Camden County. Laclede and Miller counties are close behind.

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 By Charis Patires Posted Aug. 14, 2008 @ 12:01 am Updated Aug 14, 2008 at 1:05 PM 


Helping Hands shelter needs a hand

When Diane Franklin reached into the manila envelope to draw her field trip, she wasn’t sure how to react.

Already gutted and ready for renovations, an old resort cabin will soon be able to accommodate more people who turn to the Helping Hands Homeless Shelter for help. Board treasurer Ron Estep goes over construction plans with Diane Franklin. Franklin and other members of the Canopy Church in Osage Beach are working to make more room for the lake area’s only homeless shelter.

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

When Diane Franklin reached into the manila envelope to draw her field trip, she wasn’t sure how to react.

Enrolled in a chamber sponsored leadership class, everyone selected an organization to learn about. Franklin’s was the Lake Area Helping Hands Homeless Shelter.

It wasn’t until months later that she decided to tour the Camdenton-based facility. She had put it off, fearing the unknown, she said.

“I got the assignment in October and waited until May to go,” Franklin said. “I drive past it every day and knew we had one, but I drew this name and I was terrified.”

“Homeless people are people I see walking alongside the road or asking for money, those are my pictures of homeless people,” Franklin said.

Weeks shy of graduating from Leadership Camden County, Franklin stopped in to get an official tour. What she saw was unexpected and shocked her, she said.

“It was such a different picture than what I thought,” she said. “Many of them are there just because something didn’t go right. Fortunately for most of us, we can get things worked out in our life. For many of the families, this is a place to catch their breath before they are ready to go back out,” she said.

There is a stigma placed on homeless people, Helping Hands board treasurer Ron Estep said. The image people often have in their mind is far from the type of people that walk through the doors, he said.

“So many people live paycheck to paycheck that it doesn’t take a big disaster to become homeless,” he said.

As Estep showed her the grounds, Franklin said it started to sink in. It’s one of the basic needs to survive and not enough was being done to help out.

One of the property’s three cabins was falling apart. For a place that is sometimes forced to turn people away, Franklin saw an opportunity and took her plight to fellow members of Canopy Church in Osage Beach.

It wasn’t hard to find labor with a few handy men in the congregation, she said.

Nearly a year after the random drawing, they call her the “secret Santa.” The building has been gutted and a supply list made. The challenge is coming up with the $10,000 needed to buy materials.

The homeless shelter has 15 beds in the family house and eight in the men’s cabins. The renovation will make room for at least four more beds in the men’s quarters.

Anyone wishing to make monetary or donations of plumbing, electrical, and other construction materials can contact Franklin at 346-0021.

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