Cool Timeline

March 1, 2020

On March 1, North Star hired a full time Victim Advocate exclusively for Gentry and Worth Counties, and opened an extended office located in Albany, MO

February 29, 2020

We are happy to announce that we have changed our name to “North Star Advocacy Center”.

June, 2018

Our full continuum of care assists individuals and families with immediate respite from violence, and services which empower clients to find and choose good options for future safety and success. Additionally, we focus on parent education and community education, looking toward a brighter future, and knowing that safe families make happy neighborhoods.  Current staff includes an Executive Director, one full time Court/Victim Advocate, three part time Victim Advocates, a Volunteer Coordinator, four On Call Staff

November 2016

Linda Mattson hired as the Executive Director.

June 2016

Sarah Clark hired as the Executive Director


Finished construction on garage  for a client’s car; storage area for donations; and upstairs apartment for sheltering pets, indoor play area for children, and/or apartment.


Became one of 34 shelters across USA to implement PAWS (Pets and Women’s Shelter) so pets can be safely housed on-site with women and children fleeing abusive homes. Families are often forced to stay in abusive situations because they fear for their pets’ safety.

June 2009

Established a Children’s Program/Kids Club.

July 2009

Moved into a newly renovated Center at 1220 East 2nd Street, Maryville, MO 64468. This handicapped accessible facility will expand services to house 20 clients, a double garage to house a client’s car, provide storage space for donations and upstairs area for a variety of activities.


The number of clients served increased 51% and the number of direct services offered increased 41%.

July 2008

Received a CDBG grant to purchase a new facility and expand shelter services.

October 2007

Developed a local Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) team.

Year 2005

Received Gladys Rickard grant and paid off our mortgage!

October 2004

A Residential Advocate was added

January 2004

A full time Victim Advocate was hired.

December 2003

Muriel Zimmerman became part time Executive Director.  Shelter opened November 2003.  103 clients served our first year.

November 2002

A part time Court Advocate was added to the staff.

July 2002

We officially became “The Children and Family Center of NW MO”

October 2001

Grant dollars provided for a full time Victim Advocate.

September 2001

The Center also began offering parenting classes