July 14, 2014 – Springfield, MO: Harmony House, Missouri’s first domestic violence shelter, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Farmer as the agency’s Executive Director. Farmer comes to the position with a strong background in not-for-profit administration, fundraising, management, marketing, communications and strategic planning. As Executive Director, she will assume responsibility for managing all aspects of agency growth and operations.
Prior to joining Harmony House, Farmer spent twelve years with Mercy Communities Springfield in marketing and strategic planning. Before joining Mercy, she spent twelve years in the not-for-profit sector in Springfield, including stints at United Way of the Ozarks, the American Cancer Society and The Victim Center. Notable not-for-profit achievements include development of the area’s first transitional housing program for homeless families and development of well-known signature fundraising events, including The Victim Center’s Annual Breakfast and Missouri’s first Relay for Life event.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Lisa as Executive Director of Harmony House. Her strong background in non-profit administration, marketing and communications, along with her previous work in victim services, make her uniquely qualified to lead Harmony House. The board and I look forward to working alongside Lisa as we continue to strengthen and expand the important services offered to families impacted by domestic violence” said Chris Ollis, Board Chairperson, Harmony House.
Harmony House has seen steady increases over the last five years in the numbers of people seeking services. Greene County, MO has the highest rate of domestic violence in the state and domestic violence has been named a “red flag” issue in the recent Springfield and Greene County Community Focus Report. Last year Harmony House sheltered 560 women and children, however, another 1,600 were turned away due to lack of space.
About Harmony House
Established in 1976, Harmony House is Missouri’s oldest domestic violence shelter and has served over 16,000 survivors of domestic violence since first opening its’ doors. Our mission is to provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence while promoting the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse. Harmony House provides shelter and a range of support services to both women and children, including clothing, food and other necessities; case management; life skills classes; childcare and children’s advocacy services; court, legal accompaniment and advocacy; outreach; transitional housing; employment assistance; transportation and a crisis hotline answered 24/7.
For more information on Harmony House, please call 417-837-7700 or visit us online at www.myharmonyhouse.org
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