2020 Charitable Nonprofit Of The Year

2020 Charitable Nonprofit of the Year

Last Thursday, The Kitchen, Inc. was recognized as the Charitable Nonprofit of the Year at Springfield Business Journal’s 2020 Economic Impact Awards. Housing is the Key For 37 years, we have provided services to homeless individuals and families in Springfield and the surrounding communities. As our community of nonprofits grew, we adapted our services and focused on what we do best: housing. Helping people get back into permanent housing is the first step towards long-term stability. Once housed, our case managers work with clients to overcome the barriers that led to their homelessness and create plans for them to remain stably housed.  No One Face of Homelessness There is no single face of homelessness, and we’ve developed programs to make sure homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurring for each of our clients. Rare Breed Youth Services focuses on the needs of at-risk and homeless youth ages 13-24 years old.Home at Last, funded through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs, serves Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. The Community Housing program works with local landlords to provide housing opportunities for families, individuals, youth, and seniors experiencing homelessness.The Emergency Shelter provides a safe place for individuals and families to stay before they can move into permanent housing.  Safe. Affordable. Desirable. Everyone wants to live in a home that is safe, affordable, and desirable. As highlighted in the 2019 Community Focus Report, “The availability of safe, high-quality and affordable housing remains a concern…Affordability is what keeps housing out of reach for low-income families.” We help meet this need by providing 222 affordable housing units through our housing developments: Franciscan Villa, Beacon Village, McClernon Villas, and Spero Place. A Community Without Homelessness Our vision is “a community without homelessness.” Maintaining our focus has been possible thanks to community support, collaboration with community…

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Road To Stability

Road to Stability

Our spotlight this week features a 51-year-old Army Veteran. He was happy to share his story but wished to remain anonymous. Growing Up Old School This Veteran grew up in Springdale, AR and “found out real early there is nothing in life for free.” At nine years old, he began working with his dad blocking mud on construction sites. He recalls returning to school in the fall as “quite a buff kid.” He credits his country, old-school upbringing for his work- and life-ethic. Connecting to Home at Last After losing his home, this Veteran found Home at Last after talking with the local VFW and Springfield VA hospital. Shortly after connecting with the program he had a major health crisis. In December 2019, he was admitted to Mercy Hospital unconscious. Waking up three days later, he learned that in addition to pneumonia and a lung infection he had suffered a stroke. After spending 10 days in the hospital, he was released to The Kitchen. Inc.’s emergency shelter. In the emergency shelter, he met case manager Kendall and two staff members of Home at Last: Val and Valerie. They began working with the Veteran to create a housing plan. Home at Last staff helped him find housing options to meet his needs and provided the start-up cost to move in. He moved into his new home on Christmas Eve. In addition to connecting him with stable housing, staff also referred him to MSU Care, a health clinic for uninsured, low-income adults. The Veteran was able to meet with healthcare providers to begin rehabilitation after his hospital stay and get needed prescriptions. He says, “they took care of me. They definitely helped me out.” With access to care for his physical and mental health, he was able to focus on getting back…

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Thieves stole a catalytic converter from The Kitchen, Inc.’s box truck this past weekend.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thieves stole a catalytic converter from The Kitchen, Inc.’s box truck this past weekend. This is the third catalytic converter stolen from the Kitchen in the past year. Last September, a converter was stolen from the truck, which is used to move clients into their new homes and transport donations. In February, a converter was stolen from the company van used for transporting clients and maintenance around the properties. Deliveries and donation pickups will be halted until the truck is fixed. About The Kitchen, Inc. The Kitchen, Inc.’s mission is to bring stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Maintaining that focus has been possible thanks to community support, collaboration with community organizations that share our vision, dedicated teamwork among staff, and creative and flexible thinking to successfully maneuver the obstacles that arise to help people exit homelessness. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.

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Life Of A Case Manager

Life of a Case Manager

As a case manager, we are steadily finding the balance between office work and providing direct real-time service to our Veteran clients while out in the community. No day is the same as life happens, and we handle ongoing circumstances as they occur.  Working the Case We are present at the beginning stages when a Veteran is looking for permanent housing, but really step in after they are housed. It is unrealistic to expect someone to focus on other goals before their basic needs of shelter and safety are met. Once the Veteran is stably housed, we help the Veteran work through a housing stability plan and budget to ensure they are taking active steps towards maintaining their housing.  Case managers engage in regular contact with clients to ensure they are motivated and accountable to their goals. As a case management team, we talk daily so we can bounce ideas off each other and stay up to date with what is going on in each of our clients’ lives.  Building Relationships In order to provide the best service, we rely on community connections to local resources. We work closely with partner agencies to seek out the best possible connections to help the Veteran tackle upcoming needs and obstacles. These include the HUD-VASH through the VA, One Door, the Homeless Veterans Task Force, Burrell Behavioral Health, the Red Cross, OACAC, Veterans Upward Bound, and Harmony House. Community outreach helps us discover new resources and spread information about the program. We are always learning, training, and attending events to stay current in the world of Veteran affairs and ending homelessness.  Remi Anders, Home at Last Case Manager Ways to Help Your donations allow us to end homelessness for more people in our community. DONATE

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The Kitchen, Inc. will be recognized as the Charitable Organization of the Year

Springfield, MO— The Kitchen, Inc. will be recognized as the Charitable Organization of the Year at Springfield Business Journal’s 2020 Economic Impact Awards. Leading companies and individuals in the Springfield area will be recognized on a live webcast on July 23, 2020 at 6:00pm. The Kitchen works to end homelessness through four key programs: Rare Breed Youth Services focuses on the needs of at-risk and homeless youth ages 13-24 years old. Home at Last, funded through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs serves Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. The Community Housing program works with local landlords to provide housing opportunities for families, individuals, youth, and seniors experiencing homelessness. The Emergency Shelter provides a safe place for individuals and families to stay before they can move into permanent housing. The Kitchen has continued to house and serve those experiencing homelessness through several adverse situations, including a fire at the Donation Center last November, the theft of the catalytic converter from the delivery van in February, and adapting services in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since January, the Kitchen has served 452 people, 174 were children. The Kitchen is on track to surpass the total served numbers from 2019 (577 served, 205 were children). The Kitchen, Inc.’s mission is to bringing stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Maintaining that focus has been possible thanks to community support, collaboration with community organizations that share our vision, dedicated teamwork among staff, and creative and flexible thinking to successfully maneuver the obstacles that arise to help people exit homelessness. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.

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Meet Glendy, A Veteran Served By Home At Last

Meet Glendy, a Veteran served by Home at Last

Glendy is a 62-year-old Army Veteran from Riverside, IL. She spent about 20 years in Sacramento, CA before finding her way to Springfield over a year ago. Glendy became homeless in 2019 after fleeing an abusive and hostile environment. Finding Home at Last Glendy found Home at Last through a referral from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Within a month, she was able to move into her new apartment. Glendy likes her landlord and was happy to find a place that allows her Cocker Spaniel, Artemis, to stay with her. Working Towards Stability Once stably housed, Glendy worked with her case manager, Patrick Haenni, on goals that would allow her to maintain stability after the program ends. Patrick helped Glendy complete the paperwork for a housing choice voucher through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing choice vouchers assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled afford housing in the private market. “Patrick has made everything easy. When it came time to do the Section 8 paperwork, he was there to help me and take me to appointments."Glendy Glendy is living on a fixed-income. The housing choice voucher from HUD will allow her income to stretch farther to meet her basic needs. A Place of Her Own Glendy says she is still taking things one day at a time, “I’m bipolar. I’ve started a lot of things in my past that I wasn’t able to finish. Having a roof over my head—a place of my own—has been huge.” The support from Home at Last and HUD will allow Glendy to remain stably housed in her own apartment. “Glendy was a joy to work with as a case manager. She was always positive and upbeat about things and never gave up. Even when COVID-19 caused a temporary shutdown…

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