Four Positive Effects Of Donating

Four Positive Effects of Donating

According to a report done by Atlas of Giving, after a large year of donations in 2014, the outlook for 2019 is majorly decreasing. In fact, the amounts of donations nationwide are likely to decrease by 3.2%. Although there are many different reasons this could be happening, some possibilities include rising interest rates, decline in employment compensation, and unawareness. In today’s blog you will learn four positive effects of donating and giving to charity. Help Others in Need        Although it seems simple, there will never be a perfect time to give. In our mind we must remember there are always people out there in major need of help. Whether the economy is in the toilet, or you yourself are suffering with financial troubles of your own, the reality of things is when you donate items and money; you are helping those who need it. Experience More Pleasure According to the National Institutes of Health, people chose to donate a small portion of money to a cause in need. They later found that they were provided with enjoyment and activated pleasure centers in their brain. Although this was a scientific experiment, it showed that simply donating money makes you feel good; this is something to benefit from. Bring More Meaning to others When you donate objects or money to charity, you are creating a wave of leadership. You create opportunities to meet new people, who believe in what you are doing, and in the end you are inspiring. If you’ve ever been in a bad place emotionally, whether it be personally or professionally, sometimes the simple act of donating to charity can be just the inspiration you need. Realize that Every Little Bit Helps Whether you donate 50 cents or $10,000, you are going to make a difference in someone’s life.…

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Happy Birthday Rare Breed

Happy Birthday Rare Breed

By Kathy Westmoreland - Youth Services Coordinator It is strange to sit in Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center during COVID 19 guidelines as the building is never this quiet. Youth are still coming in and receiving services, but our buzz is a little bit quieter these days. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on all the shifts, challenges, and wins that this program has seen over the course of twenty years. Countless youth have walked through our doors seeking assistance and they have all brought their own story. The one thing that I can say I have learned in my time here is that there is no one true face of youth homelessness, no one story that brings them here, but support can make all of the difference in their outcome. Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center has been blessed over the last twenty years with incredible support from our community, donors, and volunteers. From hot meals to art classes, the volume of care and compassion provided to our youth by the local community could never be measured, but the outcomes have been incredible. We could not do the work that we do without your help. Thank you. The Meaning Behind “Rare Breed’ I have been told that, when Rare Breed began, the youth chose the name because they are exactly that: a Rare Breed of individuals. They are often misunderstood, but so eager to define themselves and overcome old labels. Give them a few moments, and they will tell you exactly who they are. They have an incredible ability to speak their story from a place of compassion and understanding. For twenty years now, Rare Breed Staff have been offering these youth assistance in any way possible, even if all we do is sit and listen. Alumni…

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The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home at Last program is still housing Veterans!

Springfield, MO – The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home at Last program is still housing Veterans! In the months of March and April, Home at Last has housed 26 people, 35% under the age of 18. As a community, we understand and appreciate the importance of helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19, while providing a home. “During this COVID-19 crisis, Home at Last has been working hard to help Veterans who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless” said case manager Patrick Haenni. “Our goal is to help Veterans in an at-risk situation to maintain stable housing. We assist Veterans off the street and place them in a temporary motel. From there, the Veterans are placed into a more permanent residence.”  Required eligibility is determined by an assessment with The Kitchen, Inc’s Home at Last team. If a client has received assistance within the last two years, they may still be able to receive services due to COVID-19. The Veteran must have an income below 50% of the average median income to qualify (AMI). The Kitchen, Inc. brings stability and purpose to people who are homeless by displaying respect, dignity, quality, service, and compassion. Keep up with The Kitchen, Inc. by following us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. ###

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We Are Continuing To Provide Services!

April 23, 2020 Contact: Stefanie Nentrup Community Development Coordinator Snentrup@thekitcheninc.org 417-209-6191 (Cell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, MO- We are continuing to provide services and resources during the COVID-19 “shelter in place” order. In the first 20 days of April, The Kitchen, Inc. has housed 28 individuals experiencing homelessness, making that a total of 379 individuals for the year! Need never stops, neither do we! We are still providing case management services along with food and hygiene deliveries. We are doing our part to provide a safe environment by maintaining enhanced cleaning protocols, which includes disinfecting surfaces in all common area’s multiple times daily, limiting access to shared facilities. Additionally, we strive to keep our residents and staff informed using flyers, and signage to encourage social distancing protocols. “This crisis is proving how effective we can be as a community when we work together in meeting the needs of those most vulnerable. Now, more than ever, The Kitchen, Inc. must continue our mission of housing people who are homeless”, said Meleah Spencer, CEO. “We are asking the community to drop off donations, whether it is canned goods, household items, or cleaning items. Monetary donations can be mailed to 1630 N Jefferson or completed online at thekitcheninc.org/donate”. You can drop off your donated items at 420 E Blaine, Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM or at our Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center, Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The Kitchen, Inc. brings stability and purpose to people who are homeless by displaying respect, dignity, quality, service, and compassion. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org. ###

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The Kitchen, Inc. continues to follow the directions put forth by the local health officials, the CDC and WHO.

March 25, 2020 Contact: Stefanie Nentrup Community Development Coordinator Snentrup@thekitcheninc.org 417-209-6191 (Cell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, MO – With the recent order to “shelter in place”, The Kitchen, Inc. continues to follow the directions put forth by the local health officials, the CDC and WHO.  We recognize the impact and uncertainty this creates for all in our community. “Can you imagine how scary it is to hear “shelter in place” if you don’t have a home? Where do you go? The Kitchen will continue to provide housing and support services for clients currently in our housing programs and those referred to us by our partnering agencies. Housing is healthcare!” said Meleah Spencer, CEO. The Kitchen, Inc. staff will continue providing resources, support services and health checks for our clients via the phone.  Staff is routinely cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces within our buildings. Physical distancing guidelines are in place and all our clients have the appropriate cleaning products to clean and sanitize their homes as well as food and hygiene items. “Even with all the uncertainty felt, our generous volunteers continue to donate 40 brown bag dinners daily for our Rare Breed youth. We will continue to monitor and adjust strategies to keep everyone safe and healthy moving forward” Spencer stated. We have received questions on how the community can help our clients. Our current needs are antibacterial hand gel, disinfecting wipes, daily multi vitamin, socks and your financial support. Thank you to our donors and volunteers for your commitment in fulfilling our mission of bringing stability and purpose to people who are homeless. If you are planning to get marry, you have to look for good professionals in wedding makeup to look fascinating.  Keep up with The Kitchen, Inc. by following us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn…

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thieves stole a catalytic converter off of The Kitchen, Inc’s. van this past Super Bowl weekend.

This isn’t the first time The Kitchen, Inc. had a catalytic converter stolen. In September of 2019, a converter was stolen from The Kitchen’s company truck. Deliveries and donation pickups came to a temporary halt. Just this past weekend, another catalytic converter was stolen from the company van. This van is used for moving new clients into their home, as well as maintenance around the properties. As a result, The Kitchen, Inc. is now struggling to move clients into their new homes in a timely manner. The Kitchen, Inc. brings stability and purpose to people who are homeless by displaying respect, dignity, quality, service, and compassion. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org. ###

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