About Us

Our Vision:

All those who need help will seek it and find a sanctuary that nurtures, empowers and improves the quality of their lives.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to break the cycles of domestic violence and addiction, offering safe sanctuary for women and children.  We promote healing and self-sufficiency through affirmation, education and advocacy.

Our Values:

Lafayette House values:

  • Individuals and their right to make their own choices
  • Equality and accountability in relationships
  • Integrity and innovation in our staff and services

Our History:

Founded in 1978 by a group of concerned volunteers, Lafayette House began as a short-term option for women who needed a safe place to stay overnight to escape abuse.

Today, Lafayette House is a sanctuary for women, children and families who are victims of domestic violence or who struggle with addiction.

Through our residential shelter facility in Joplin and outreach office in Neosho, Lafayette House offers a full scope of services to support women and their families. Domestic violence intervention, substance abuse treatment, sexual assault counseling, child care, and a variety of support services including counseling and case management are all available in a caring, nurturing environment.