$40,000 Christmas Challenge

$40,000 Christmas Challenge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]One family housed with The Kitchen, Inc. is a Navy Veteran and her two daughters, ages…
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Catalytic Converter Stolen from Box Truck

Catalytic Converter Stolen from Box Truck

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thieves stole a catalytic converter from The Kitchen, Inc.’s box truck this past weekend. This is the fourth catalytic converter stolen from The Kitchen, Inc. in a little over a year. One was taken from the box truck in September 2019, another one from the company van this February, and third from the box truck this July. 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. 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,…
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Take a Look Inside the Emergency Shelter

Take a Look Inside the Emergency Shelter

The Kitchen, Inc. Emergency Shelter opened in November 2018 with 14 apartments and a 50-bed capacity. Thirteen apartments serve individuals, families, Veterans, and youth, while one apartment is reserved for respite care. Since opening, 119 people have been temporarily housed in the shelter. Designed with Family in Mind Unlike most congregate shelters, The Kitchen, Inc. Emergency Shelter provides each family with space of their own: a kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and a small living area. This allows families to focus on securing permanent housing without worrying about the safety of their children or the security of their possessions. In the COVID-19 pandemic, this model has allowed families to shelter in place, isolate, or quarantine when necessary. The shelter has other amenities to decrease the trauma children and adults experience when they…
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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…
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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…
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A Family in Crisis

A Single father and his 8-year-old twin daughters were homeless before finding The Kitchen, Inc. A Single Father The father is originally from Chicago and moved to Springfield when he was 20. He was living with his girlfriend before she started using drugs. Her drug use forced him to leave their house. When his daughters were 5 years old, their mother dropped them off at Isabel’s House. Isabel’s House contacted him and he was able to gain custody of the girls. He and the girls lived with his mother while he was enrolled in an automotive program at Ozarks Technical Community College. He and the girls lost their housing when his mother passed away. Without a place to call home and childcare, he withdrew from school. The family of three…
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