JOPLIN, MO.--- Watered Gardens mission is to take the area's poor, provide them shelter, and a kind hand to help men get back on their feet.
"We want to empower people who are poor and help them realize that they've got something. that they don't always have to be focused on lack," states James Whitford, Executive Director, Watered Gardens.
The building is currently home to more than 30 homeless men, on a nightly basis, but because of a lack of resources in Joplin, many women were left out in the cold.
"But for that one woman on the street, there's not a whole lot of an option," states Whitford.
Once this expansion project is completed, it will provide a warm bed for dozens of women. To help raise money for the project hundreds gathered for the second annual Overflow Voices in Action Choir Competition tonight. Producers of the show hope to raise thousands to continue Watered Gardens mission of helping those in need.
"When you understand that these people do not want to be in the situation that they're in it is very compelling and it's very moving," states Mark Quinn, Producters, Overflow.
Last year the event raised nearly $40,000 for the ministry. This year that money could have an immediate impact in the community.
"The dorm room for women would immediately, in fact, we have 5 bunk beds they are ready, so we would just immediately be able to house 10 ladies," states Whitford.
The expansion project would also increase the size of their kitchen and provide more space to store donations. Last year Watered Gardens provided more than 18,000 requests for help with things like appliances, food, and more.