Summer has arrived in the Ozarks and many families are hitting the road. However, for some in our community, there’s no vacation from homelessness. This time of year can be a struggle for area agencies. The Kitchen, Inc. is no exception. Donations fall flat, but there’s still a need to provide emergency shelter and other housing options for the area’s homeless. Financial contributions to The Kitchen, Inc. are down $200,000.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo (January 22, 2018) – Scripps Springfield Radio Operations (KTTS 94.7 FM, KSPW 96.5 FM, KSGF 1260 AM/104.1 FM, KRVI 106.7) are partnering with The Kitchen, Inc. to end homelessness in our community with a radiothon on Tuesday, January 23.
The radiothon will take place on ALL of the Scripps Springfield Radio stations from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. During the day, listeners will have to opportunity to hear from Kitchen clients on how they’ve benefited from various Kitchen programs. The radiothon will also feature interviews with Kitchen staff. Additional information will also be available online on each of the radio station’s and The Kitchen’s websites as well as on various social media outlets.
Housing is the key to ending homelessness! For the first time, members of our community will be able to become a Kitchen “Key Maker” with a monthly donation of $20. Listeners that become a “Key Maker” during the radiothon will be entered to win two tickets to the Blake Shelton concert on Saturday, February 24th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The Scripps Howard Foundation and Scripps Springfield Radio will be matching donations dollar for dollar during the radiothon. The goal is for listeners to match Scripps’ donation of $8,750; raising a total of $17,500 in a 12 hour period for The Kitchen, Inc. Listeners will be encouraged to donate online through any of the station websites: KTTS.com, Power965.com, KSGF.com, 1067TheRiver.com, or directly at TheKitchenInc.org.
The Kitchen, Inc. offers a variety of housing programs including Emergency Shelter, Rapid Re-Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing and Affordable Housing. In 2017, The Kitchen housed 637 individuals including more than 100 families with children. Of the 637 individuals, 135 were at-risk or homeless veterans served through the Home at Last program. The Kitchen’s Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center served more than 1,000 youth and continues to provide services including dinner for approximately 70 youth per night.