SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - If only more homeless had safe, affordable housing.
One of the biggest struggles for those living in homelessness and poverty is transportation. But some folks here in Springfield are working to provide wheels for homeless and at-risk youth.
Last April, The Kitchen, Inc. closed the door to the Missouri Hotel after 20 years of operation. In September, founder Sister Lorraine Biebel passed away and the organization decided to shut down its medical and dental clinic. But, contrary to public belief, the Springfield-based social service provider is expanding and breaking new ground.
Leaders at The Kitchen say closing the Missouri Hotel has hurt donations.
A $200,000 shortfall in donations so far this year could cause The Kitchen, Inc. to make cuts that would directly affect the area's homeless.
A Springfield agency that shelters the homeless is in serious need of support to put a roof over more heads this Summer.