Following nearly seven years of planning by a group of dedicated area ministers and lay persons, Hope House opened in August of 2002 in a rented 2,500 sq. ft. facility.  With the generous donations of area merchants and individuals we stocked the Hope House Thrift store with clothing and small household items for resale to the general public. 100% of the income generated by the Thrift Store is used to support the food pantry and needs of our clients.

Operating expenses are offset by community donations and the support of local churches.  Cash donations from local businesses, clubs, and individuals are used to support services to the less fortunate in our service community.

The Hope House provides food and personal necessities, as well as other emergency assistance, through the Hope House Food Pantry, to residents within the general Lake Of The Ozarks area. Hope House is currently assisting over 350 families or approximately 1,000 children and adults once each month.  The number of our neighbors being helped has increased from 859 people (344 families) since January 2010, and in recent months the client base has been increasing by more than 10% each month. Unfortunately, although assistance is provided once monthly and many clients are helped only once, the demand for assistance seems to be only increasing.

Area churches, individuals, businesses and civic organizations continue to provide support for Hope House activities through donations of cash, serviceable merchandise, household goods, small appliances and food. The Food Bank of Columbia provides large amounts of food and personal hygiene items for distribution to Hope House clients.  Area grocers Woods Supermarket, Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart regularly donate surplus food.  Fund raising events such as the Annual Hope House Classic Golf Tournament, Wehrenberg Theaters Annual Can Food Drive, and other drives raise funds to stock the Pantry shelves.  Locally donated United Way funds are used to provide emergency assistance with potential utility shut offs.  No governmental assistance of any sort is received…this is truly a local effort…. citizens helping their friends and neighbors. 

More than half of the funds required to assist our clients are generated through operation of the Hope House Thrift Store.  Located at 40 Lakeland Road (between state Highway W and Highway 54) in Lake Ozark, the Thrift Store offers a large selection of clothing, household goods, small appliances and electronics, tools and other merchandise to the general public, at greatly reduced prices.  All of the proceeds are used to help Hope House Clients.