OUR HISTORY

November, 2010

THE BEGINNING OF THE GATHERING TREE

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David and Linda Brown saw a need for a drop-in center for the homeless in downtown Springfield during the early evening hours. Together with some friends, they opened one evening a week at The Front Porch, a venue in the heart of downtown. The purpose was two-fold. First, was to provide a safe place for homeless persons to get off the streets for a few hours. Second, was to build relationships and gain a first hand understanding of homelessness. 

January, 2012

THE GATHERING TREE MOVED TO 324 S. CAMPBELL

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After the first year, The Gathering Tree moved to a different location in the downtown area of Springfield. During this second year, several more individuals became involved in ministering to the homeless and serving meals. They were also able to meet some of the essential needs of their friends. 

February, 2013

THE GATHERING TREE OPENED AT 215 S. CAMPBELL

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The Gathering Tree obtained a two year lease for their own facility and were able to expand the hours to five evenings a week with the help of many individuals and several organizations. Meals were provided along with essential items such as clothing, personal care items and survival gear. As many as 150+ individuals were served during these evenings. 

November, 2014

STREET OUTREACH

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The Gathering Tree did not renew the lease and took some time off to reassess and redefine its purpose. David, Linda and a few key individuals continued ministering to their homeless friends a couple evenings a week passing out "Brown Bags" of food and other essential items. They were able to continue their relationships with their friends who were truly homeless. 

February, 2016

VINEYARD CHURCH BUILDING

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The Gathering Tree reopened its evening drop-in center, but more as a coffee shop/library venue. They were able to rest, play card games, use computers, sing karaoke, partake in a bingo evening, take a shower and continue to get essentials they needed to survive on the street. 

November, 2016

SITE PURCHASED FOR EDEN VILLAGE

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Land was purchased and the formal announcement for the Eden Village Community was made public. For the next several months, many meetings were held and multiple speaking engagements were held sharing the vision of Eden Village throughout the community. 

June, 2017

FIRST HOUSE DEDICATED AT EDEN VILLAGE

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The first house was purchased, brought on site, set up and decorated. A formal open house was held along with a blessing by the Bishop of the local Catholic Diocese. Finally, Eden Village was a tangible entity of the vision that had been shared for several months. 

December, 2017

GROUND BREAKING FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING AT EDEN VILLAGE

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Three homes were on site and the infrastructure advanced enough, and funding well enough along for the formal ground breaking and the start of construction of the community building. 

August, 2018

GRAND OPENING AND HOUSING OF FIRST RESIDENT AT EDEN VILLAGE

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From December to August, the bulk of the construction was completed and on August 28, the Grand Opening of Eden Village was held before a large crowd of supporters and dignitaries. Fourteen houses were on site and the first resident was handed a key to his new home to take up permanent residence and no longer homeless. 

PO Box 2364

Springfield MO 65801 

417-894-3972

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