Hours of Operation:  

Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

rare breed drop-in center

301 N. Main

Springfield, MO 65804



Homeless in the heartland, by Hillcrest High School broadcast journalism students - htv - 2013




You can help end homelessness. By giving your time and talents, you can be part of the solution -- helping provide savings for our community and dignity and compassion for our neighbors in need.


Art Room - The art room allows youth a place to express themselves in a healthy way. Several art groups are offered, and art created at Rare Breed may be displayed there or kept by the youth.

Music Room - The music room has a variety of instruments--electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and more.  Youth are encouraged to express themselves through music--a good way to manage stress and frustration. A recording studio and guitar lessons are offered.

Workout Gym - Youth are able to blow off steam and relieve frustrations in the workout gym. Organized training is available.

Safe Place - Safe Place is for youth who need immediate help in a time of crisis. Youth may enter a business or public bus displaying the Safe Place sign to ask for help. Steps are then taken for a Safe Place representative to help meet immediate needs and determine the youth’s safest and best options--from counseling and shelter assistance to locating family and returning home.

Living Program - Rare Breed’s Living Program provides longer-term housing to homeless youth, helping them make successful transitions to independent, self-sufficient living. The Living Program also serves pregnant and parenting youth. Youth are housed in supervised apartments and required to engage in program activities, education and community service or employment, spend at least 10 hours at the Youth Outreach Center and participate in Life Skills training and two other groups. They must also save money for future housing and other needs, plus pay rent based on a sliding scale. 

                               Rare Breed Youth Services

The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center offers free and confidential services to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 13 through 20. Since June of 2000, the Outreach Center has provided a clean and safe place for these youth. The center’s staff connects with the youth to establish trust over time through relationships and determines their needs. Rare Breed helps eliminate homelessness, sexual exploitation and abuse by offering homeless and at-risk youth necessities, support services and opportunities so they can safely become self-sufficient. The Outreach Center assists thousands of youth every year. 

The Rare Breed also offers housing to a limited number of the youth population. The housing program serves males, females, couples, pregnant and parenting youth between the ages of 17-24 in apartments scattered throughout the Springfield community. In 2015, 43 youth were placed in housing. 


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For Rare Breed Donations Please drop off at the Rare Breed Location at 301 N Main between 4pm and 8 pm Monday- Friday.

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Services for Youth Through Rare Breed

HSE ClassesHigh School Equivalency (HSE) classes (formerly GED classes) are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students are provided bus passes, lunch and child care if needed, plus the  cost of the HSE test when youth are ready.

Street OutreachRare Breed’s staff and volunteers go out in the community to find and help homeless and at-risk youth by letting them know where the Youth Outreach Center is what services are offered. They also give youth needed items--from blankets and food to clothes and hygiene items.

NurseryThe nursery provides child care for parenting youth who are in HiSet classes. They have diapers, wipes, formula and clothes. It is a safe, calm area for youth to interact with their children without being isolated from the drop-in center’s activities.

KennelsTwo dogs at a time may be housed in kennels at the Youth Outreach Center so that pets may be fed and watered inside while youth are using center services.

You can join us in the fight to end homelessness. Be an advocate -- share the stories, the successes of our programs and the continued need. Be part of the solution.

Your donations make it possible for us to continue the fight to end homelessness. Whether you give money, food, clothing or household items, you are helping people move forward in their lives.