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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 in. In addition to leading a weekly parent time class Thursdays at 10am, the pregnant and parenting youth case manager supports each new and expecting parent individually. The case manager…
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The Kitchen to Break Ground on New Affordable Housing Development

The Kitchen to Break Ground on New Affordable Housing Development

The Kitchen, Inc. will break ground on a new affordable housing development Thursday, July 28 at 11am. The property, located at 550 N Duke Ave, is the future site of Maplewood Villas, a 44-unit affordable housing development designed for low-income and formerly homeless seniors—especially Veterans. The project is funded by The Missouri Housing Development Commission, Bank of Missouri, and CRA Investments. Maplewood Villas will include 44 two-bedroom, one-bathroom units for seniors 55 and older. All units will be ground-floor accessible units. 11 units will be set aside specifically to serve homeless Veterans. A portion of units will also be set aside for extremely low-income residents. Read more about Maplewood Villas.  The groundbreaking is open to the public. Join The Kitchen at 550 N Duke Ave at 11am on July 28.…
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New Affordable Housing Development: Maplewood Villas

New Affordable Housing Development: Maplewood Villas

Maplewood Villas will be a 44-unit affordable housing development for seniors 55+ Ending homelessness will take more than case management and housing assistance. Our community needs more housing options that are safe, affordable, and desirable to serve low-income families and individuals. The Kitchen, Inc. is excited to announce a new affordable housing development to help meet this need. Maplewood Villas, Affordable Housing for Seniors 55+ Maplewood Villas will be a 44-unit affordable housing development specifically designed for low-income and formally homeless seniors—especially Veterans. Funding for the project comes from the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Maplewood Villas will include 44 universally designed, two-bedroom, one-bathroom units for seniors 55 and older. All units will be ground-floor, accessible units. 11 units will be set aside specifically to serve homeless Veterans. A portion of…
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Harter House Store Raise Over $100,000 for The Kitchen, Inc.

Harter House Store Raise Over $100,000 for The Kitchen, Inc.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 1, 2022) – The 25th Annual Jerry Bettlach/Jim Trimble Memorial Raises over $100,000 to Benefit The Kitchen, Inc. Harter House stores in Springfield, Hollister, Nixa, Kimberling City, Strafford, and Shell Knob participated along with customers, friends, family, and suppliers to benefit The Kitchen, Inc. during the 25th Annual Jerry Bettlach/Jim Trimble Memorial event. The event took place March 2-8, 2022. To date, the Memorial event for Jerry and Jim has raised more than 1.3 million for The Kitchen, Inc. “We are so grateful for the Bettlach Family, Harter House staff, and their customers. Their continued support of the Kitchen through the Jerry Bettlach/Jim Trimble Memorial event is crucial to ending homelessness for families in our community. In 2021, The Kitchen housed 816 people, including 205 children. This would…
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Sabrina’s Story – Rare Breed Youth Services

Sabrina’s Story – Rare Breed Youth Services

Sabrina was struggling with addiction and experiencing suicidal thoughts when she entered Mercy’s Marian Center for in-patient treatment at 19 years old. When she exited the treatment program, she was hesitant to return to her mother’s house. They had a rocky relationship made worse by her mental health struggles and addiction. That is how Sabrina found herself homeless in April 2019. A few days later, she connected with Rare Breed Youth Services, a program that provides immediate access to basic needs and rapid access to community services for youth ages 13-24. Sabrina found food, clothing, and showers at Rare Breed. More importantly, she found mentorship from staff.  “I found someone to talk to. Someone who didn’t treat me like I was just a kid on the street—that I was a…
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Summer Needs List

Summer Needs List

Hygiene Body WashBrushes (new)ChapstickDeodorantHairsprayRazorsShampoo/ConditionerShaving CreamTampons/PadsTissuesToothbrushesUnderwear – Men’s/Women’s (new) Household BathmatsClothes IronPillowsSheets/Bedding Kitchen Can OpenersCups/GlassesPlatesPots/PansTupperware Furniture (must be clean and free of stains) Dressers (small)Kitchen Tables, ChairsMattresses (no stain/tears)Sofas & Armchairs Cleaning Ajax/CometAll Purpose CleanerBath/Shower CleanerBleachBroomsDish SoapDish Washing LiquidGlass cleanerLaundry DetergentMopsPaper TowelsPine-SolSponges/Steel Wool/Soap PadsToilet Bowl CleanerToilet BrushesToilet PaperToilet PlungersTrash Bags Rare Breed Baby Wipes/DiapersBungee CordsFlashlightsFlipflopsHigh Protein SnacksPop-Top Canned FoodSunscreen/Aloe Vera/Bug SprayTarpsWater/GatoradeYA/Teen Clothes (new/gently used) Donations can be dropped off at 730 N Glenstone Ave, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Rare Breed donations can be dropped off at 301 N Main Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Download the Needs List Give Now!
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