Summer Hitting The Kitchen, Inc. Hard

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 14, 2016) — 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. Donations help fund housing programs including Housing First, Home at Last and The Rare Breed youth housing.  Just last year, The Kitchen, Inc. served more than 600 people including 162 veterans and their families, 151 children and 43 young adults. It takes about $20 a day to provide housing and support services to our clients.

Housing costs can be compared to earnings (the amount of salary an employee earns before tax and benefits) or to household income (all the income a household receives, after tax and benefits). Earnings data is frequently used because it is readily available at local level. However, income data provides a more complete picture – it accounts for households with multiple earners, and those with a high proportion of their income coming from benefits, this can include the funds for the appliances of the house, Making your appliances melt into the rest of your kitchen is easy with our cabinets for built-in appliances  and find inexpensive microwaves under $100. They’re specially designed for our range and most include additional storage for cooking equipment for the homeless.

It is through the community’s generosity, The Kitchen, Inc. is able to provide more than 150 affordable housing units and 50 beds at our emergency shelter. We need your help! Making a donation is easy. Just log on to our website, www.thekitcheninc.org, and follow the link to the Donation page, send a donation in the mail to 1630 N. Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65803 or you can call The Kitchen, Inc. at 417-837-1500.

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