From the needs of one family in Liberty, Missouri came a legacy of hope, providing support and dignity to families facing homelessness.
In the early 1970’s, everything seemed to be going well for Ben and Patsy Beltzer. Ben managed a business and the couple was active in the community. When the business Ben managed was bought out and the new owner brought in its own management team, The Beltzers experienced first-hand the despair and hopelessness that can come from being unemployed, broke and homeless. They reached out to their church community to seek help getting back on their feet. The church surrounded them to provide support, with the stipulation that the family work, adapt to live within their means, and allow themselves to be held accountable in their finances. Through the aid of their church community, they were given a second chance and regained stability for their family.
The Beltzers’ experience sparked in them a desire to start an organization that would offer a long-term solution to the growing number of families facing homelessness in their community. They established Hillcrest Ministries in Liberty and after months of planning and fundraising, the first three families moved into the original Hillcrest home in 1978.