420 E. Commercial
The Mission of The Kitchen, Inc. is "To create a place where persons, especially the poor, are welcomed and cared for with dignity and compassion." We also seek to provide services which will enable residents to become self sufficient and fulfilled. Thus, there is an increasing emphasis on helping people overcome their difficulties and to learn from them, while gaining education and experience, which will help them, maintain independence.
Toward that end, we offer classes in:
Donated furnishings and supplies in good condition are providing practical help with the supplying of classrooms and meeting spaces.
Each Case Manager seeks to ascertain the experiences, interests, and skills of her/his residents. Together resident and Case Manager formulate goals and design a plan which utilizes these experiences, interests, and skills in a manner which can move the resident toward independence and self-sufficiency. Weekly check-ins are a required part of this process, keeping the resident “on track” and focused.
Too frequently residents come to us with backgrounds of abuse and lack of direction. In this regard, we find invaluable the services of Murney Clinic, Children’s Counselors, and a crisis counselor.
Our Case Managers come from a variety of backgrounds, including social work, human resources, business, and military. We find that this wide range of experience and knowledge brings a richness in innovation and ability to problem-solve.
One continuing challenge is our many children. In an effort to provide a healthy growth-oriented environment for them, we are in the process of remodeling a large area as a learning center for children and parents. Age and developmentally-related activities for children as well as training for parents in parenting skills will be the focus. An Activity Specialist will provide age-related and maturity-level experiences for all family members.
We are also aware of the need to follow up on residents after they leave The Kitchen, Inc. We are finding this to be a tremendous aid in helping them maintain independence over the “long haul”. Efforts in this regard are on-going.
Along with staff, student and community volunteers greatly enhance our programs. From serving meals to helping with Case Management, these people greatly multiply our ability to serve and educate those in need, while treating them with dignity and respect.