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. – Wake up. DO GOOD. Repeat. That’s the motto for Springfield-based Heroes Coffee Company. Once again, that motto is more than just words. This week, Heroes Coffee is launching a brand new brew aptly named Do Good. Since owners Tim and Amy Ferguson rebranded the company in 2009, they have sought to recognize and support those organizations that are doing a great job of helping others -their Heroes!
Heroes Coffee is teaming up with three area organizations and donating a portion of the profits from the Do Good blend. The Kitchen Inc.’s Rare Breed program will be the first to benefit from the sales. For every 12-ounce bag sold, Heroes Coffee will donate $1. The Rare Breed will receive the proceeds from the launch of the coffee through August 15. From August 15 to October 31, the money will go to Care to Learn and Convoy of Hope will receive the proceeds the last two months of the year. Information about each of the nonprofit organizations will also be on display at area Heroes Coffee locations.
The Kitchen Inc.’s Rare Breed Youth Services provides assistance to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 13-24 through outreach and housing. The Rare Breed has been assisting youth experiencing homelessness, inter-generational poverty, and trauma since June of 2000 and the outreach center serves 60-70 youth a night. Additionally, case management services assist Rare Breed clients navigate more severe needs including mental health, substance abuse, employment, education, and short/long term housing. To learn more about The Kitchen, Inc. and the Rare Breed program, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.
Care to Learn provides immediate funding to meet emergent health, hunger, and hygiene needs so every child can be successful in school. In 2007, Springfield businessman Doug Pitt became aware of staggering statistics regarding local poverty. Less than a year later, Care to Learn was born. Now, chapters across Missouri meet the needs of thousands of students and it continues to grow. To learn more, visit caretolearn.org.
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response. Since its inception in 1994, Convoy of Hope has served more than 79 million people around the world. Visit www.convoyofhope.org to learn more about Convoy of Hope.
The Do Good Blend will be available for purchase at all of the Heroes Coffee locations – downtown Springfield, The Springfield/Branson National Airport, Republic, West Plains, Pittsburgh, KS, and Licking, MO. It can also be purchased online at www.heroescoffeecompany.com!