Meet Our Neighbors


MEET OUR NEIGHBOR, ELISABETH Elisabeth graduated from the Elevate Work program in March, and not only walked of stage with a certificate of completion, but with a renewed sense of self-confidence. In 2020, Elisabeth’s life was impacted by a severe injury that left her in a coma for nearly six months. Prior to the accident, …

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Carl recently wrote a letter to staff here at Elevate, and very eloquently detailed just how much Elevate Branson has encouraged him through the years of his involvement here in our programming.


“I moved to Branson from Michigan after I lost my husband, and everything else as a result. I spiraled downward pretty quickly, and have been without a home since then. I feel so thankful for Elevate and the help they’ve given me. I can work for food and for clothing, and they’ve helped me get back my


“Before I came to Elevate Work, I wasn’t exactly sure how it would help me. After a few classes, I began to see my strengths bloom into something wonderful, and


Hailing from Illinois originally, Mary migrated to the Branson area after losing her family to COVID in 2020. With a history of hardship, drugs and unforeseen life circumstances, Mary found it increasingly difficult to find hope for a better future.


Originally from Galena, Brandon moved to the Branson area in search of work. Hardship upon the move left Brandon houseless, living in the woods and utilizing miscellaneous items as tools for survival.


Sam – if you know him, you love him. His quirky personality, charisma, and sense of humor makes him a friend to all. Originally from Washington, Sam found himself in Branson after a whirlwind of a career in the film industry.


Most people don’t realize how tough it can be to open a bank account, cash a check or apply for a job without any form of identification — until they don’t have any form of identification.


Having a good start in life is important, but many don’t get that chance. Jennifer was one of five kids of an alcoholic father and abusive mother. At just 19, her first child was born with spina bifida.


“Everybody calls me ‘Pops’ which is short for ‘Papa Smurf’ and that’s cause of the way I look.” Pops describes himself as “angry with a chip on my shoulder” even when he was young.

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