Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventative efforts, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks is modifying the Safe to Sleep program because the safety of our guests, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. Along with our routine safety standards and procedures, we will be taking additional precautions with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) concern. 

Modifications to Safe to Sleep Homeless Women’s Shelter is effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Safe to Sleep has closed new enrollment to the shelter.  The screening process for new enrollment places the guest and service provider at risk of transmission of COVID-19. New enrollment has been suspended because a compromised screening process would place current guests and volunteers at risk.  The shelter will remain open for the nearly 30 guests who are currently using the service.

The Cold Weather Women’s Shelter will remain open.  Nightly temperatures are expected to remain above freezing except for a few select nights.  The shelter is able to safely be open on these nights due to a relatively low guest count and dedicated volunteers.

Trivia Night, scheduled for April 18, 2020 has been postponed.  A new date has not yet been set.

Volunteers are needed to continue to keep Safe to Sleep Homeless Women’s Shelter open.  Please call (417) 862-3586 ext. 235 to volunteer.

To read the Council of Churches of the Ozarks full response to COVID-19 please select this link for the most up to date information.


Safe to Sleep is a temporary homeless women’s shelter, primarily supported by donations from individuals and area churches.

  • An assessment by One Door is required prior to entering the women’s shelter by calling 417-225-7499 (300 E. Central)
  • If the guest is approved, One Door will provide shelter information as well as pick up times/locations.
  •  After Hours:
    • Call Burrell Crisis Hotline at 417-761-5555 or 800-494-7355 for a phone assessment
    • Do not go to Burrell without getting the phone assessment
    • Approved guests will be allowed temporary entrance to shelter with an agreement to go to One Door the next business day for full assessment


Safe to Sleep needs two volunteers each night (7 days a week, all year long) to assist with opening and closing the shelter. Volunteers spend the night and sleep in shifts–most volunteers report getting about four hours of sleep each night they serve. Finding and scheduling volunteers is one of the service’s greatest, year-round needs, and women and couples are allowed to serve. Safe to Sleep Volunteer Form.


  • Arrive ahead of the guests for set-up (7pm on weekdays; 6pm on weekends)
  • Get to know the ladies and show a sincere interest in their needs
  • Set up the evening and morning refreshments
  • There are always two volunteers on duty. They take turns sleeping during the overnight hours.
  • At 6am, the guests are awakened. Breakfast is served and guests help by sharing cleaning duties.
  • Volunteers can serve full or partial shifts

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Kelly Harris at (417)862-3586 or kharris@ccozarks.org and arrange a date you can visit the shelter location. There is a short application form and a $10 application fee for a background check. You will be trained and scheduled with an experienced volunteer.

Volunteer ApplicationLearn More at an Open House


  • Cough drops
  • Individual Hand Sanitizer
  • Travel Size Tissue/Kleenex
  • Individual Deodorant
  • Travel Size Toothpaste
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Panties – Size 5
  • Coffee – Regular and Decaf
  • Chapstick
  • Hair Brush (Best deal @ Dollar Tree)


  • Shampoo, full size
  • Conditioner, full size
  • Body wash, full size
  • Large powdered creamer – unflavored
  • Disposable razors
  • Hair ties, brushes, combs, etc.
  • Panties, all sizes
  • Socks
  • Rolling suitcases (carry-on size)
  • Backpacks
  • Bus passes

General financial support is always welcome, as needs can vary in scope and urgency. In addition to providing a safe, overnight, emergency women’s shelter, Safe to Sleep helps to provide our guests with other services such as basic needs (see list below), case management and other resources (bus passes, help with prescription drugs, housing plans, etc).  We also provide transportation to and from the shelter each day, so fuel and van maintenance is an added expense.

By adopting a night you ensure that up to 40 women will have a safe place to sleep on the night you choose. 


Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Shelter Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:30 pm – 7:30 am

Saturday- Sunday
6:30 pm – 7:30 am


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