Our History

Palm Sunday, 1983 - Sister Lorraine began Soup Kitchen and served first meal at St. Agnes Grade School cafeteria.

August 1983 - Missouri Grill on Commercial Street leased to house Soup Kitchen.

1985 - Missouri Hotel leased for homeless shelter; Mobile Clinic started with nurses one day a week/doctors once a month; GED/ABE classes started in hotel.

1986 - Missouri Hotel purchased. First paid employee hired. Food Pantry outreach began in hotel.

1987 - Medical Clinic moved into Missouri Hotel with doctors twice a week; AG Conference Center purchased to provide low income housing for elderly and disabled.

1988 - Ollis Building purchased to house Medical Clinic and Burrell mental health outreach staff.

1989 - Maggie's Boutique (free store/thrift store) opened on SW corner of Benton and Commercial.

1992 - Blaine property purchased to house Family Nurturing Center, warehouse and food pantry for public.

1993 - KIND Place dedicated/Kitchen’s first transitional apartment building; Morton Building donated to house Medical Clinic and administrative offices; Commercial Street property purchased to house Bill’s Place (Burrell outreach center) and Fresh Start Program (receiving/distribution of furniture and essential household goods)

1994 - Ollis Building dedicated as the second transitional apartment building; KIND Place park developed; Kitchen Foundation, Inc. formed. first volunteer director hired.

1995 - Comprehensive case management & counseling system began through major HUD grant.

1996 - Jobs Program began; OTC Education Center moved to remodeled basement in KIND Place; Sisters of Mercy grant to begin furniture repair and refinishing program; dental services began in Medical Clinic; indigent drug program begins.

1997 - Homeless Prevention outreach services formalized; Katie's Kitchen opened on SW corner of Jefferson & Commercial (food service job skills training and open to public); first on-site chaplain hired.

1998 - Garden on Jefferson; parks on Commercial; opened 24 new units on renovated 3rd floor at Franciscan Villa; The Kitchen Clinic becomes a United Way Agency.

1999 - Franciscan Villa honored by HUD as one of top 100 in nation and Kitchen recognized as national model of holistic rehabilitative services.

2000 - Kitchen sponsors Rare Breed Youth Center for homeless and at-risk youth; Cottage Industries initiated for residents to showcase/sell arts & crafts.

2001 - Grant to formalize cottage industries as Joseph’s Workshop, housed in 2nd floor of Fresh Start building.

2002 - Tobias Meeker named CEO; Talbot House opened on first floor of Ollis Building, a 20-bed treatment center for men overcoming addictions; first child therapist hired through special grant; Sister Lorraine retires; Forest Institute students begin counseling residents; dedication of Chapel.

2003 - 20th Anniversary of The Kitchen; Talbot House moves to Kay Creason Center on Grand; Rare Breed transitional housing opens in Ollis Building; Sigma House Apartments dedication/opening; renovation of Franciscan Villa begins; chiropractic treatment rooms added to Clinic.

2004 - Bill Stalnaker installed as CEO; HUD grant renewed for one year; Katie’s Kitchen and Kay Creason Center sold; Franciscan Villa renovation complete-35 new units; Eye Clinic opens; Medical Clinic receives 1.2 million dollar grant from MO Foundation for Health to hire one full-time doctor, repair building, renovate clinic space, improve technology and expand services for the elderly.

2008 - Julie McDonald installed as CEO

2008 - May of 2008, Rorie Orgeron installed as CEO.