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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, MO – The Kitchen, Inc. is proud to announce the approved grant for over $20,000, on December 10, 2019. The grant was endowed by Springfield Black Tie, Inc. The grant awarded will enable our Rare Breed program to facilitate the focus on welcoming people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientation. The Rare Breed Housing Program housed a total of 26 youth households in 2018 and spent nearly $110,000 last year to cover rent, utilities, deposits, application fees, and property expenses. Within 2019, Rare Breed has already housed 56 youth households. With the support of Springfield Black Tie, Inc. we will be able to provide housing for LGBTQ+ youth in the coming year. “The Kitchen Inc. is most grateful for Black Tie’s continuing partnership with our Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center. Black Tie’s support allows the Rare Breed to continue to serve one of our community’s most vulnerable populations, youth experiencing homelessness, especially LGBTQ+ youth” said Ryan, Grants and Compliance Coordinator. “Thanks to Black Tie’s generosity, the Rare Breed is able to provide housing and case management services to LGBTQ+ youth who otherwise might not have a welcoming place to go to receive the services and help they need”. The Kitchen, Inc.'s mission is to bring stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Our goal is a community without homelessness and our five core values are respect, dignity, quality, service, and compassion.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, MO - This weekend, Sunday, January 19, come support The Kitchen, Inc.’s efforts to end homelessness at the 24th annual Knights Striking Out. With a goal to raise $60,000, and the help of our sponsorships and bowlers we hope to have another huge success. With 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to The Kitchen, Inc. The Knights of Columbus are covering the operating costs to host and plan the event. Join us at one of the following locations: Sunshine Lanes 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Enterprises Park Lanes 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and Century Lanes Bowling 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The entry fee is $10 per person and teams consist of five people. Bowling lanes sell out quickly, so secure your lane by registering today! For more information call The Kitchen, Inc. at 417-837-1500, or check out our events page at thekitcheninc.org. The Kitchen, Inc. brings stability and purpose to people who are homeless by displaying respect, dignity, quality, service, and compassion. Keep up with The Kitchen, Inc. by following us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
When Mercedez came into the Rapid Rehousing Families program through The Kitchen, Inc., she was fighting a meth addiction. After almost a year with the addiction, while still in the program, she had her children removed from her home and became involved in rehab and drug court. For Mercedez, that was the incentive and support she needed to get completely off of drugs. She began working the program designed for her through the Division of Family Services and the court system to get her children back in the home. Also, during that time Mercedez got a part time job, and started school at OTC. By the end of her program, Mercedez was making enough money to pay her own rent without any assistance, while gaining custody of her kids again. Mercedez has since developed huge dreams to work in the same field as a social worker. She has been drug free for more than one year now, and her future appears bright and promising. Thank you for helping Mercedez become successful and a contributing member of society.
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.