Winter Weather Extends Open Hours at Wiley House

With the impending ice storm the Wiley House, normally an overnight shelter, will remain open from 6:00 pm Thursday, January 12 until it is safe to return to evening hours.  The community is invited to assist with this by bringing food to the shelter prior to the storm’s arrival.  Wiley House is located at 831 Jefferson Street in Fulton.  Financial contributions can be made directly here on the website to cover the additional cost of staying open during the storm.

As always Our House greatly appreciates the generous support of the community!

Silent Auction Rescheduled for Wednesday, December 21st!

Due to the weather we cancelled the Our House Dinner but the Silent Auction is rescheduled for this Wednesday, December 21st from 4 – 6 PM at Beks in Fulton. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.  You do not need tickets to attend.  So please come and invite your friends for a festive afternoon for a good cause.

Below is the list of auction items.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

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Fifth Annual Holiday Dinner, December 18th at Westminster College

holiday-dinner-2016Join us for the Fifth Annual Holiday Dinner and Silent Auction. The social hour and silent auction will begin at 6:00 PM followed by a delicious dinner at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Bank Star One, Callaway Chamber of Commerce, Well Read Bookstore and by calling 642-6065. All profits will benefit Our House as we provide shelter and services to Callaway’s homeless families and adults.

The Holiday Dinner and Silent Auction is the primary fundraiser for Our House providing much needed resources for the coming year.  With your participation another successful event is possible!

You can indicate your plan to attend this event on our Facebook page and will soon see posts about our many fabulous Silent Auction items.

So be sure to get your tickets soon from Bank Star One, the Chamber of Commerce or Well Read Bookstore.  You can also call 642-6065 for tickets and additional information.

See you on Sunday, December 18th!

Local Food Dinner to Raise Much Needed Funds for Our House

The community is invited to a delicious dinner prepared from locally raised food to benefit Our House and its efforts to shelter and serve the homeless in Callaway County.  Sponsored by Terra Bella Farms the dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 1st at First Presbyterian Church in Fulton.  The meal will be served from 12:15 PM until 2:00 PM.  Advanced tickets are available for $20 at the church or by calling 573-642-6065.

2015 Holiday Dinner & Silent Auction

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Now in its fourth year our annual Holiday Dinner and Silent Auction is fast approaching. We hope you will join us on this enjoyable evening as we raise funds for Callaway County’s only provider of shelter and services for homeless families and adults.

Tickets are $35.  Please see one of the following local businesses for your tickets or call our office at 573-642-6065:  Beks, well read, Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce or Bank Star One.

We look forward to seeing you on December 13th!

Callaway Cares this Holiday Season

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This Christmas season it is clearly evident that Callaway cares for the homeless.

Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless, the county’s only provider of shelter for homeless families and individuals, is the grateful recipient of the community’s generosity. Local people and organizations are really stepping up to assist the organization’s efforts to house and serve the homeless.

On Sunday, December 14, nearly 150 people attended Our House’s Third Annual Holiday Dinner and Silent Auction. Held at Beks in Fulton and accompanied by live music featuring mountain dulcimers the event raised over $8500 for Our House. The event’s success is due to the generosity of Beks’ owners, Gary and Rebekah Vaught, and their staff, the countless businesses and individuals who donated items for the silent auction, and the great folks who attended the event.

On Friday, Executive Director Brad Sheppard met an exuberant group of fifth graders who lead a collection drive for Our House at McIntire Elementary School. The students collected two truckloads of clothes, toys, books, food and household items for the Haven House. Their teacher, Kristin Clark, expressed the joy the students felt in gathering the gifts for their neighbors in need.

Additionally, both the National Honor Society from Fulton High School and a local girl scout troop made donations to the shelters Friday. The girls scouts even spent time at the Haven House playing card games with one of the shelter’s children.

“What a wonderful experience to see the community consciously making an effort to serve our most vulnerable members,” said Brad Sheppard, Executive Director. “These outpourings of generosity show that the homeless in Callaway County are not forgotten,” he continued, “and we here at Our House will not forget the community’s kindness this Christmas season.”

Third Annual Wine Tasting Set for May 5th

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The Our House third annual Wine Tasting will be Monday, May 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Once again the event will be held at Serenity Valley Winery in Millersburg, MO.  Tickets are $20 with all proceeds benefiting Our House.  Tickets are available by calling 642-6065 and will also be available at the event.  Directions to the Winery can be found at www.serenityvalleymo.com.  Grab a friend and come out for an enjoyable evening!

Wiley House sees record number of bednights!

July and August witnessed new records for the number of bednights at Wiley House (Our House’s emergency shelter for adult men and women).  July saw 329 bednights while August saw 342.  This averages out to eleven persons each night; up significantly from the 2012 average of eight per night.  Identifying an exact reason for the increase is difficult but the ongoing lack of affordable housing in Fulton and Callaway County certainly plays a role.  Wiley House’s annual number of bednights has increased significantly each year since opening in late 2009.  That upward trend is likely to continue.  Wiley House has served 64 different individuals thus far in 2013.

Wiley House Sees 35% Increase In Usage In 2012

After recording 2,145 bednights in 2011, Wiley House, the emergency overnight shelter for adult men and women, saw a 35% increase in usage with a total of 2,892 bednights.  The nightly average of individuals went from six in 2011 to eight in 2012.  The Wiley House served a total of 91 individuals last year—53 men and 38 women.  This compares to 68 individuals in 2011—43 men and 25 women.

Along with nightly shelter, Our House provided guests with food, laundry service, transportation, toiletry items, and assistance with acquiring identity documents (birth certificates and photo IDs).

Holiday Dinner Raises $10,000 for Callaway’s Homeless

Excitement is in the air the day following Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless Holiday Dinner Fundraiser at Beks Restaurant in Fulton, MO.   Far exceeding expectations the event raised $10,000 for the organization’s operation of two homeless shelters.   The local community came out strong for the event nearly filling the restaurant at both seating times.   Rev. Jim Cruickshank, President of the Our House Board of Directors, described the event as astounding.  He went on to say “The success of the night can be attributed to a team effort by all—the Beks’ owners and staff, the Silent Auction organizers and the Our House volunteers.  In the end it was a win for the folks at the two shelters; yes, even a win for the community.”

“We really desire to be a community based, community supported organization,” says Our House Executive Director, Rev. Brad Sheppard.  “The fundraiser showed Callaway County’s willingness to get behind the effort to provide shelter for the homeless among us.  People are beginning to realize they we can all do this together as a community.”

The money raised will support the organization’s operational budget for the rest of 2012 and well into the new year.  It will pay for such things as utilities and supplies for the two shelters and assistance to guests for identification documents, food , diapers, gas, etc.  Currently, the Haven House, the shelter for families is full, and the Wiley House, the shelter for individuals, is housing six to ten people a night.

The organization is amazed by the generosity of Beks’ owners Garry and Rebekah Vaught, the restaurant’s staff and the Callaway County community.  Homelessness is an invisible issue yet for one night a bright light was shone on it.  A light of hope that the community’s homeless will always find a home at Our House.

Our House is still accepting donations through the end of the year in support of its mission.  Contributions can be sent to 829 Jefferson Street, Fulton, MO, 65251.