Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Lake Area Helping Hands to renovate a mobile home to house Helping Hands tenants. Habitat for Humanity started on the renovations in April 2011 and finished in June 2012. Skirting needs to be placed around the bottom of the trailer.


Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Lake Area Helping Hands to renovate a mobile home to house Helping Hands tenants. Habitat for Humanity started on the renovations in April 2011 and finished in June 2012. Skirting needs to be placed around the bottom of the trailer.

After that, the trailer will be inspected and then will hopefully start housing tenants.

Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity played a big role in the renovation project. "If it wasn't for them [Habitat for Humanity], this wouldn't have happened," Manager Ron Estep said.

What was done? The mobile home received new flooring, windows, ceiling, roof, siding, plumbing, cabinets, appliances, sheetrock and wooden decks. "Pretty much everything is new," said Estep. The project cost more than $27,000 to complete.

What will it be used for? Sometimes Helping Hands sees tenants who need help for longer periods of time than the average tenant stay. Some need help kicking an addiction. The trailer will allow Helping Hands to house men who need help in those areas. The trailer will house about six men including a "house dad" who will oversee the other tenants. The men will stay about six months to a year and go through a 12-step Bible-based program that will aim to help them break their current cycles. "I think it will be a big help. It will give them a longer chance to stay away from bad habits and bad influences," Kathy Estep said.

Needs? Many volunteers, individuals, organizations and churches have donated their time and items to this project, but more is needed. Helping Hands is asking for anything that is needed in a home to help fill the trailer. The shelter itself also has a few needs. Volunteers, monetary donations and transportation are always major needs. Helping Hands is working on opening a thrift store in Camdenton in August. If anyone has anything to donate, you are asked to contact Helping Hands by calling 573-346-4968.

About Helping Hands: Lake Area Helping Hands is a transitional housing facility located in Camdenton. The staff helps tenants find jobs and get back on their feet before being independent. The Esteps' hope for the tenants is to leave Helping Hands when they can move into a place of their own and be secure. Helping Hands serves the biggest amount of tenants from Camden County. Laclede and Miller counties are close behind.