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. announces the 2020 officers of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

Springfield, MO— The Kitchen, Inc. announces the 2020 officers of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee. Rex Hansen, President of the Board, is a retired President/General Manager from Summit Media (KTTS, KSGF, KSPW, KRVI), in Springfield Missouri. Jason Clough, Vice President, is currently an attorney at Clough Law Firm. Sister Katie Hoegeman, Board Treasurer, is currently an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, at Missouri State University. Kathy Pulley, Board Secretary, is currently a professor of religious studies, at Missouri State University. Michele Kauffman, serving as Past President, is currently the office manager at Harter House. The Kitchen, Inc. welcomes the new 2020 Executive Officers. You don’t have to enroll in a gym to work out and spend money on gym membership fees. There are different exercises from home to attain a healthy and fit body. 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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Donating Food

Donating Food

When it comes to donating the best food to feed homeless people, this can be a confusing process. Once you consider the conditions in which homeless people live, there are things that should be taken into account. In today’s blog, you will learn about different things to consider when donating food. Hydration Homeless people on the streets have very little access to water.  It is very important that people stay hydrated, especially in the warm summer months. With this being said, try to avoid donating diuretics such as energy drinks, pop, coffee, and alcohol. Pop Top Cans All can donations are appreciated but pop top cans are more efficient. Many homeless people don’t have a can opener or the proper tools to open a can. By donating pop top cans, it provides easier access to open, while on the streets. Protein Donating protein is always a smart choice. Foods like peanut butter, canned chicken, nuts, canned stews, beef jerky, and vienna sausages are excellent protein choices. Protein not only holds the hunger over but is also a healthier option compared to sugars and starches. Donating can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be. While the hunger problem is huge, The Kitchen, Inc. is more hopeful than ever, and food donations will help get us there.  Help provide nutrition that our community needs to thrive. For more information on donating food, visit The Kitchen, Inc.

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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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