The Reed Home will serve as a residential home for a new Show-Me family of up to eight children. Located just north of the current house at 19314 Jones Creek Road in Barnett, this second home will be approximately 3,500 square feet and will have six bedrooms.

A little publicized non-profit that works to help youth is expanding in the Lake of the Ozarks area as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

On May 7, Show-Me Christian Youth Home (SMCYH) ceremonially started the construction of its new Reed Home at Drysdale Farm in Barnett with approximately 60 in attendance to make the occasion.

The addition of this new home will mark the first major step in expanding the current Drysdale Farm facility into becoming a campus community for the non-profit organization as modeled at the main campus in La Monte, Mo.

SMCYH is a faith-based group aimed at helping young lives by providing a safe, stable, loving home to young people struggling because of circumstances in their current home environment, according to their mission statement.

“We face a challenge to rescue and restore even more young lives,” explained Director Chad Puckett. “The need exceeds our capacity. The Reed Home is the next opportunity to meet this challenge.”

The Reed Home will serve as a residential home for a new Show-Me family of up to eight children. Located just north of the current house at 19314 Jones Creek Road in Barnett, this second home will be approximately 3,500 square feet and will have six bedrooms.

The main construction will begin this summer and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2018. Like most of the homes at SMCYH, volunteers will assist in much of the labor.

“Show-Me’s story is our story: one person will tell me about how their church helped to put up the roof, another how they built the porch,” Puckett said. “The Drysdales or Reeds may have set aside the funding and dream, but it takes the whole community before a child can find safety under its roof. “

The new home is named in honor of Ned and Louise Reed, who donated their property in Camdenton, to start the Camdenton Unit in 1988. Due to the close vicinity of the new highway directly next to the unit, it was closed in 2008. Funds were set aside to establish this new home at Drysdale.

The land on which the Reed Home is to be built was donated to SMCYH in 2006 by Stephen and Helen Drysdale. Drysdale, a native of Morgan County, and his wife, Helen, had always dreamed that part of their farm could be used to help children in need. In the future, SMCYH hopes to be able to build on the 80 acres of the Drysdale Farm at least one more home and an additional building for specialized education and therapeutic service like those offered at their La Monte campus.

“The expansion into creating the Drysdale Campus is the next big step in our efforts to create campus communities across Missouri,” said Puckett. “These communities of support offer advantage over traditional isolated homes: safety, onsite counseling, emergency support, accountability, specialized education programs, volunteer involvement, and the ability to lower costs by sharing resources.”

At the official ground breaking ceremony on the evening of May 7, Puckett thanked the community for making the Drysdales’ dream a reality, stating that since its opening in 2008, nearly 50 children have called the Drysdale Farm their home. Many of whom have graduated and gone on to college or successful adult lives.

Board members, Elton Fay and Jon McCullum, made brief statements about the history and impact Show-Me has had on children and their families. For McCullum, it was personal, having lived at Show-Me in the mid-1980s with his three siblings when he was eight years old.

“We were some of those kids that struggled,” he said. “Show-Me stepped in and gave us a foundation teaching us how much better things could be.”

The groundbreaking ceremony was one of a series of special events that SMCYH is doing to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2017. Other upcoming events include the 50th Celebration and Annual Open House at the original La Monte Campus on Saturday, Sept. 9, and The Restoration Gala at the University of Central Missouri Ballroom on Sept. 27. A complete list of events can be found on their web site at www.showmehelpingkids.com.

From the guidance of professionals, Show-Me’s restoration plan goes beyond the limits of traditional care methods by creating an individualized environment for each child academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Children find a home and a family, specialized education programs, professional counseling and therapeutic services, and programs to guide teens to successfully transition into adulthood with communities of support.

The organization operates 10 homes across five locations in Missouri. They receive no federal or state funding. No child or family is ever turned away because of their inability to afford care. Children are provided services regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Parents or guardians voluntarily enroll children.