The Rare Breed

301 N. Main Street
Springfield, MO 65806

417-865-6409 Fax

In June of 2000, The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center opened its doors to homeless, runaway, and street youth in Springfield.

The Rare Breed is sponsored by The Kitchen, Inc. and is a free and confidential service center for youth ages 13 through 20 years old.

The center's principal goals are to connect with local homeless, runaway, and street youth, to establish trust over time through relationships, to determine youths' needs, and to provide services to meet the self-identified needs of over 700 youth per year, helping them to leave the streets and to reduce sexual exploitation and abuse.


If you are a youth 13 through 20 and need some help, come see the staff at the Rare Breed Center. We have free services to help youth in need. Our center is friendly, safe, and you never need an appointment. Just stop by and you can use our services which include:

  • Recreation - We have TV, stereo, pool, foosball, arts/crafts, games and a computer lab with internet.
  • Physical Program - If you need food we've got it. We also have a place to shower, toiletries, clean clothes, and a washer/dryer.
  • Information - Center staff can help you answer questions about local services or point you in the right direction to find more help.
  • Assessment - We help you see where you are now and where you want to go in the future
  • Emergency Shelter - We have safe off-site emergency shelter for youth 17 through 20 years old. Ask about our new Transitional Living Program for youth 16 through 21.
  • Good People - The center has a great staff and a lot of great youth
  • Activities - We have a calendar of events that includes movie nights, pool tournaments, arts/crafts, and discussion groups

More info

  • A sanctuary during the day and early evening hours for homeless youth, ages 13 to 20.
  • Provides shower facilities, counseling, and activities.
  • Provides emergency shelter through referral.
  • Goal of helping these youth leave the streets while reducing their drug and alcohol use.