Summer brings it's own challenges for our clients in shelter, housing programs, and Rare Breed youth. Consider donating items from our needs list to help those in need. Bus Passes Single ride bus passes can be purchased at CU Transit Station, 211 N Main Ave. (6am-11pm) Hygiene Hand sanitizers (small) Body wash/shampoo/conditioner Deodorant Sunscreen/aloe vera/bug spray Lip balm/Chapstick Disposable razors Toothpaste (full size) Combs/picks (new) Lotion (small) First aid kits Cleaning Laundry detergent Dish soap Mops/brooms Toilet paper Paper towels Trash bags Toilet brushes/plungers Lysol wipes/cleaning sprays Furniture Kitchen tables and chairs Sofas and arm chairs Bed frames mattresses (no tears or stains) Dressers Household Can openers Cooking utensils Cookware Bath towels Blankets/sheets Pillows Rare Breed Body wash/shampoo/conditioner Deodorant Sunscreen/aloe vera/bug spray Lip balm/Chapstick Laundry detergent Baby wipes/diapers Pop-top canned food high protein snacks sleeping bags Tarps Backpacks Bungee cords Flashlights Men's/women's underwear and socks (new) Young adult/teen clothes (new or gently used) Flipflops Donations can be dropped off at 730 N Glenstone Ave, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Rare Breed donations can be dropped off at 301 N Main Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Give Now! Download the Needs List
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Harter House stores in Springfield, Hollister, Nixa, Kimberling City, Strafford, and Shell Knob raised $83,700 to benefit The Kitchen, Inc. during the 24th annual Jerry Bettlach/Jim Trimble Memorial event. The event continues to be one of the largest fundraisers of the year for The Kitchen and took place March 3-9, 2021. Over the past 24 years, the Harter House memorial event has raised over $1,000,000 for The Kitchen, Inc. “Jerry and Jim loved The Kitchen. Our family is proud to continue remembering and honoring them every year through this event. They knew the money raised for The Kitchen would go directly to help those in need,” – Barbara Bettlach, Harter House Supermarkets About Harter House The Bettlach family has been perfecting meat cutting techniques since the late 1800s. In 1973, Jerry and Barbara opened the first Harter House Butcher Shop. Since then, the business has expanded to seven locations. Our goal has been to provide customers with the best shopping experience they can have. Our long-term employees are our greatest assets and they work hard to foster Harter House's relationships with all of our customers. About The Kitchen, Inc. The Kitchen, Inc.’s mission is to bring stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Dedicated staff, collaboration with community organizations, and community support allow us to end homelessness for families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.
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.