Emergency Shelters


KVC Missouri operates two separate emergency shelters for children and women dealing with domestic/sexual violence, family crisis or who are homeless. The shelters provide short-term housing, for up to 30 days, for children, ages newborn to 18, and women who cannot remain in the family home for safety reasons.

For the children, the shelters:

  • provide a safe haven while they are awaiting either reunification with their families or alternative long-term housing in a foster care placement.
  • provide temporary shelter when the family is experiencing a short-term crisis.

During their stay at the shelters, individuals also can connect to other KVC Missouri behavioral health services to address their psychological and physical needs.

Springfield – Children’s Emergency Shelter/Ozark Family Resource Center

KVC Missouri’s Ozark Family Resource Center (OFRC) has been serving primarily children in southwest Missouri since 2001. Located on the Springfield campus, 1212 West Lombard, it can house a maximum of 20 children.

OFRC shelters youth who:

  • Need short-term housing because of a family emergency or crisis.
  • Have recently been removed from the home for safety reasons.
  • Are homeless or are unsafely housed and not in foster care.

Doniphan – Women’s Crisis Shelter

The shelter, which has been operating since 2003, serves women and children affected by domestic violence and homelessness in southeast Missouri. Along with safe, secure housing, the shelter provides guidance and support with related legal issues, counseling services, and housing & clothing assistance to help families rebuild their lives.

24/7 Emergency Helplines

Do you need emergency shelter for yourself or a youth in your care? We are here to help! You can call our emergency helplines to discuss how we can help:

  • In Springfield/southwest Missouri, (417) 861-4244
  • In Doniphan/southeast Missouri, toll-free (800) 681-1419 or (573) 573-351-1185


The Joint Commission
National Children’s Alliance

Partners & Sponsors of These Programs

Department of Health & Human Services
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
United Way of the Ozarks
Victims of Crime Act


KVC Missouri participates in the electronic data collection system required by the United States Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) will share personal information with HUD and its providers. Read more about your rights regarding electronic health information technology Here