Harter House Raises $83,700 For The Kitchen, Inc.

Harter House Raises $83,700 for The Kitchen, Inc.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Harter House stores in Springfield, Hollister, Nixa, Kimberling City, Strafford, and Shell Knob raised $83,700 to benefit The Kitchen, Inc. during the 24th annual Jerry Bettlach/Jim Trimble Memorial event. The event continues to be one of the largest fundraisers of the year for The Kitchen and took place March 3-9, 2021. Over the past 24 years, the Harter House memorial event has raised over $1,000,000 for The Kitchen, Inc. “Jerry and Jim loved The Kitchen. Our family is proud to continue remembering and honoring them every year through this event. They knew the money raised for The Kitchen would go directly to help those in need,” – Barbara Bettlach, Harter House Supermarkets About Harter House The Bettlach family has been perfecting meat cutting techniques since the late 1800s. In 1973, Jerry and Barbara opened the first Harter House Butcher Shop. Since then, the business has expanded to seven locations. Our goal has been to provide customers with the best shopping experience they can have. Our long-term employees are our greatest assets and they work hard to foster Harter House's relationships with all of our customers. 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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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

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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