Agency Overview

Freedom’s Rest Family Violence Center may be one of the areas best-kept secrets. “Many people do not know where our emergency shelter is located,” says Matthew Ennis, the Executive Director of Freedom’s Rest. “Our undisclosed location is to protect the women and children who come to our shelter seeking refuge from their abuser.”

The mission of Freedom’s Rest is to provide shelter and advocacy to the survivors of domestic and sexual violence and to promote education to break the cycle of violence in our community.

To deliver on this mission, Freedom's Rest operates a full-service emergency domestic and sexual violence shelter located in Ozark, serving hundreds of victims each year from Christian, Barry, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Lawrence, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties in southwest Missouri.

In addition to emergency shelter services, Freedom's Rest also provides outreach and case management services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, regardless of availability to house the client in the emergency shelter.

To learn more about Freedom’s Rest Family Violence Center visit

If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic or sexual violence you can speak with a member of the Freedom's Rest team by calling the 24 Hour Crisis Hotline at (417) 582-0344.

How You Can Help:

Make a Donation – Freedom’s Rest relies on the generosity of community members to support the work of the emergency shelter. Tax deductible donations can be made by calling the shelter office at (417) 582-0344 or by visiting the website at

Volunteer – Volunteers are the heartbeat of Freedom’s Rest. To learn more about volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups, you may contact the Freedom’s Rest Volunteer Coordinator by calling the shelter office at (417) 582-0344 or by email at

Invite a Representative to Speak to Your Group – The Freedom’s Rest team would love the opportunity to share with your group. A variety of programs, designed to create awareness and dialogue around issues related to domestic and sexual violence, can be tailored to meet the needs of your group or organization. You may request a speaker by calling the shelter office at (417) 582-0344 or by email at

Donate Items to Neat Repeats – The Neat Repeats thrift store relies solely on the generosity of in-kind donors to stock the racks with quality items to sell. All proceeds from the sales at neat repeats directly benefit Freedom’s Rest. To learn more about making in-kind donations, you may call the thrift store at (417) 485-4999 or visit the store Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., at 1944 W Retail Lane in Ozark.