A Look At Our New Home

A Look at Our New Home

It is fitting to be moving The Kitchen, Inc. to a new home when much of what we do here is help folks find affordable, permanent housing. We are excited to start this new chapter in The Kitchen, Inc.’s long history of serving this community. The Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services Building will be the new home of The Kitchen, Inc’s support services team. This includes case managers in our Community Housing and Home at Last programs, the housing office that works with local landlords to find safe, affordable housing for our clients, our support nurse, the Donation Center, and our administrative staff. The building is located at 730 N. Glenstone Ave. and is expected to open in October. The brand-new building includes collaborative workspaces for case managers, nine conference rooms for confidential meetings with clients, and a large board room. Extra health and safety measures were added in the construction phase to limit the spread of COVID-19. Additional safety screens were added to the reception area, social distancing dividers were added to open office spaces, and hands-free door openers were added to restroom and entry doors. “We are so grateful to Sam, June, and the entire Hamra family for their generous support of this project. This building will allow us to better serve our clients and continue The Kitchen, Inc.’s long history of bringing stability and purpose to people who are homeless.”–Meleah Spencer, CEO Sam and June Hamra and Charlie O'Reilly at the future home of the O'Reilly Family Campus and Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services Building. Want to contribute to the cause? Consider donating to the Capital Campaign. Photos of the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services Building.

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Have You Seen The Sign? The Kitchen, Inc. Is Moving!

Have You Seen the Sign? The Kitchen, Inc. is Moving!

The new O’Reilly Family Campus will house the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services Building and the Emergency Shelter.  Decades of History For 37 years, The Kitchen, Inc. has been there for our neighbors in need. Sister Lorraine Biebel began serving meals to the homeless in 1983. From that first meal until today, The Kitchen, Inc. has evolved from a soup kitchen into a leader in our community providing stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Part of that evolution includes moving from The Kitchen, Inc.’s long-time campus on Commercial Street. Building a Dream Our capital campaign launched in 2015 to pay the cost of the new campus construction. On June 8, 2017 The Kitchen, Inc. broke ground on the O’Reilly Family Campus. The campus is located on the corner of Chestnut Expwy and Glenstone Ave. The Construction process included two phases. Phase One was the Emergency Shelter that includes 14 apartments with a 50-bed capacity. The Kitchen, Inc. celebrated the completion of the shelter with a Housewarming Celebration on November 8, 2018 and opened the building to the community. Thirteen apartments serve individuals, families, Veterans and youth, while one apartment is reserved for respite care. Since opening, the Emergency Shelter has served 117 people. Phase Two is the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services building that will house case managers, the housing office, our support nurse, administrative offices, and the Donation Center. Construction began in April 2019. We should open the new building in October 2020.  Forwarding Our Vision The O’Reilly Family Campus will allow us to forward our vision of a community without homelessness. The apartment-style shelter brings more dignity and security to families who need a place to stay until they can find permanent housing and lessens the disruption and…

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