What We Do
The Kitchen provides emergency shelter, case management, housing assistance, and affordable housing for families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans in Greene, Christian, and Webster counties. Read more about our approach to housing stability.
We bring stability and purpose to people who are homeless.
A community without homelessness
Respect, Dignity, Quality, Service, Compassion
How It Started
In 1983, Sister Lorraine Biebel served a meal to the hungry on Palm Sunday, kickstarting the work of The Kitchen. Sr. Lorraine was a nun in the Order of St. Francis. She was originally trained as a nurse but was called to serve the poor as the need in Springfield became apparent. Under her direction, services quickly grew to include emergency shelter, case management, and housing assistance. Our focus today is housing stability—helping folks get back to and stay in permanent housing.
The Kitchen is guided by humanitarian beliefs, the inspiration of our founder Sister Lorraine Biebel, and Franciscan values of charity, benevolence, and selflessness. The Kitchen believes in the worth of each person and honors individual identity and self-determination.
Affordable Housing Developments provide affordable housing to low-income renters in Springfield to prevent homelessness.
Community Housing provides case management and housing assistance for families, individuals, youth, and seniors who are homeless.
Emergency Shelter provides temporary shelter for families and individuals as they prepare to move into permanent, affordable housing.
Home At Last provides case management and housing assistance for Veterans and their families who are or at-risk of becoming homeless.
Rare Breed Youth Services provides immediate access to basic needs and rapid access to community services for homeless and at-risk youth ages 13-24.
The Kitchen is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an independent, nonprofit organization that partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting appropriate best practice standards.
COA accreditation ensures that we are providing the very best possible services to our participants and is a mechanism that enables The Kitchen to continually improve and evaluate the way it delivers services. Achieving COA accreditation means The Kitchen is among the best in the field. We are proud to be a part of this community of excellence.
Board of Trustees
Ellen Hammock, President
Rob Fridge, Vice President
Susan Gladden, Secretary
Kim Tilley, Treasurer
Retired, Clinical Social Worker
Eileen R. Hamra
Fit Together, LLC
Dr. Katie Hoegeman
Missouri State University
Springfield Fire Department
Good Samaritan Boys Ranch
Diane Winter Reidle
Retired, Pharmaceutical Sales
Rooney McBride & Smith
Diane Winter Reidle, President
Retired, Pharmaceutical Sales
Judy Bilyeu, VP
Metro Appliances & More
Bill Hennessey, Treasurer
Red Crow Marketing, Inc.
Old Missouri Bank
Great American Title Company
The Kitchen, Inc.
Ozark Technical Community College
Kerrie Van Sickle
O’Reilly Hospitality Management