While being watched by Angels Home Center founder Betty Adams, second from left, and Darcie Manion, Don Luersson, right, and Ryan Luersson mix cement.

Angels Home Center began helping “burnout” victims 13 years ago, and last year helped 17 families get back on their feet after losing everything to a house fire.

Over the years, the operation (on Peace Chapel Road in the Upton area of Texas County) has expanded from a few boxes of items stored in a shed on founder Betty Adams’ property, to larger facilities including a double-wide mobile home donated by a local citizen a few years ago. But the task constantly gets greater and more complicated for Adams and company, and donations keep coming in at an ever-increasing rate, and the double-wide is almost always at full capacity

Last Saturday, the organization’s need for more space was addressed, as several volunteers braved triple-digit temperatures to begin construction on a building adjacent to the current facility Once complete, the 768 square-foot building will primarily be used to store furniture, appliances and beds to be given to future fire victims and their families.

Adams said Angels Home had saved enough money from donations to purchase the materials for the building, and that volunteer workers last week included people from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Texas County Farm Bureau, a family that had previously received aid, neighbors and a man from the local Amish community

“This is so necessary,” Adams said. “We can hardly find room to store everything people bring us.”

Adams said Angels Home expects nothing in return when offering assistance to burnout victims.

“This organization gives freely to these families anything that they want or need at our center,” she said. “Monetary help, new quilts and prayers are also included.”

Angels Home Center is open Thursdays and Fridays from May to October. The public is welcome to stop by and donate and shop for anything in stock.

Adams said the new building needs a concrete base and donations are hoped for.

“Our needs are great,” she said, “but God is greater than our needs so we believe they’ll be met.”

Adams said another construction day is set for Friday (Aug. 12). For information, or to volunteer to help, call 417-458-3298.

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