SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thieves stole a catalytic converter from The Kitchen, Inc.’s box truck over the weekend. The Kitchen, Inc. has had several catalytic converters stolen over the past year. This most recent theft comes only a month after a previous theft in November. The box truck is used to move clients into their new homes and transport donations. Deliveries and donation pickups will be halted until the truck is fixed. “It’s disheartening to have to get the box truck fixed again. It is a vital part of our efforts to end homelessness for the hundreds of people we serve each year. When families move into safe, affordable housing, we rely on the box truck to deliver mattresses, refrigerators, and other necessary furniture these folks would not have otherwise,” Says Meleah Spencer, CEO. Thefts have continued despite increased security camera coverage and nightly patrols. About The Kitchen, Inc. The Kitchen, Inc.’s mission is to bring stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Dedicated staff, collaboration with community organizations, and community support allow us to end homelessness for families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.
The holidays have always been a time to look back on the memories we’ve made and count the many blessings we received throughout the year. We know that for many of you, this year has been hard. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways. It has been especially hard for folks who are homeless or living in poverty. In response, The Kitchen, Inc. adapted so that we could continue to safely serve those in need. Through shelter-in-place orders and social distancing measures, The Kitchen, Inc. stayed open, providing vital services to families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans. Since January, we have provided services to over 635 individuals, including over 200 children.