Catalytic Converter Stolen From Box Truck

Catalytic Converter Stolen from Box Truck

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.

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$40,000 Christmas Challenge

$40,000 Christmas Challenge

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.

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Catalytic Converter Stolen from Box Truck

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, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.

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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 lose their home: Apartments are accessible through interior doorsLaundry is available for families to useThe playground offers a safe place for kids of all ages to playEach unit includes a kitchen, bathroom, small living area and bedroomsThe computer lab and expanded Wi-Fi access allow children to continue with schoolworkOutdoor kennels provide a space for pets to spend time outside Forward Thinking When a family enters the shelter, case managers work with them to find housing options and prepare them to move into permanent housing. After they are housed, case managers continue to work with the family to overcome the barriers that led to homelessness and reach long-term stability. The goals is to move the family into permanent housing within 90 days. Community Support Building the Emergency Shelter would not have been possible without the generous support of the community. The shelter was phase 1 of our Capital Campaign to fund The O’Reilly Family Campus: The Kitchen, Inc.'s new home. Phase 2 is the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family…

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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 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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