Peter’s Story: 90-Year-Old Homeless Veteran Finds Hope at The Kitchen

Peter’s Story: 90-Year-Old Homeless Veteran Finds Hope at The Kitchen

This Veterans Day, we are sharing the story of a Veteran helped by our Home At Last program. Peter is a 90-year-old Korean War Veteran. He became homeless earlier this year when he was forced to move from the New Mexico apartment he’d lived in for 17 years. Peter Isn't What You'd Picture Peter isn't what you’d picture a homeless person to be. He served in the Navy from 1951 until the end of the Korean War in 1953. After the war, he got a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University where he played tennis. After graduation, he enlisted again, this…
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The Kitchen Achieves National Reaccreditation

The Kitchen Achieves National Reaccreditation

The Kitchen is proud to announce we have achieved national reaccreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). COA is 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…
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Sheila’s Story – Finding Hope in The Kitchen’s Homeless Shelter

Sheila’s Story – Finding Hope in The Kitchen’s Homeless Shelter

Sheila is a mother and wife in her mid-fifties. She has extensive health issues that put her in the hospital frequently including congestive heart failure, COPD, kidney disease, severe bipolar disorder, and PTSD. When Sheila’s husband went to prison in summer 2021, she became the sole provider for their daughter (11) and son (10). Sheila struggled to balance her health, her housing, and taking care of her children. The family was evicted from their home in March. Fortunately, Sheila’s children have been able to stay with their grandfather. Sheila found shelter at Safe to Sleep, a local homeless shelter for…
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Donate Items On Our Winter Needs List

Donate Items On Our Winter Needs List

Give items on our winter needs list to help folks experiencing homelessness. Participants in our programs need a variety of items to find stability and purpose. Cold Weather Needs ChapstickFirst aid kitsGloves, hats, scarvesHot HandsMylar blankets, throw blanketsSleeping bagsSocks, underwear (new)Thermal underwear (new)Zip-up hoodies Hygiene Bodywash, shampoo, conditionerBrushes (new), hairsprayDeodorantRazors, shaving creamTampons, padsToothbrushes Kitchen Can openersCups, glassesPlatesPots, pansTupperware Food Bottled waterCanned proteinHigh protein snacksPop-top canned meals Furniture Dressers (small)Kitchen table, chairsMattresses (no stains/tears)Sofas, armchairs Household/Cleaning Ajax/CometAll-purpose cleanerBath towels, bathmatsBath/shower cleanerBleach, toilet bowl cleanerBrooms, mopsClothes ironsDish soap, detergentGlass cleanerLaundry detergentPaper towels Pillows, sheets, beddingPine-SolSoap PadsSponges/steel woolTissuesToilet Bowl Cleaner Toilet brushes, plungersToilet…
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The Kitchen Hosts Open House at New O’Reilly Family Campus

The Kitchen Hosts Open House at New O’Reilly Family Campus

The Kitchen will host an open house at the O’Reilly Family Campus Wednesday, September 21 from 8:30am to 10:30am. Located at 730 N Glenstone Ave, the O’Reilly Family Campus houses The Kitchen’s Emergency Shelter and the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services building. The Kitchen’s Emergency Shelter includes 13 apartments to provide emergency shelter for families. The Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services building is home to The Kitchen’s Community Housing and Home at Last programs, housing operations office, donation center, and administrative offices. Take a look inside The Kitchen's emergency shelter. The event…
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Pregnant & Parenting Youth Grant Renewed for Second Year

Pregnant & Parenting Youth Grant Renewed for Second Year

We are so excited to have our Change for Children grant renewed for year two by The Musgrave Foundation. This grant supports a case manager specifically for pregnant and parenting youth. The pregnant and parenting youth case manager is located at Rare Breed Youth Services, 301 N Main Ave. Homeless and at-risk youth ages 13-24 can receive a wide range of services at Rare Breed including immediate access to basic needs and rapid access to community services. Youth who are pregnant or parenting have other needs specific to their situations. That’s where our pregnant and parenting youth case manager steps…
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