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/conditionerDeodorantSunscreen/aloe vera/bug sprayLip balm/ChapstickDisposable razorsToothpaste (full size)Combs/picks (new)Lotion (small)First aid kits Cleaning Laundry detergentDish soapMops/broomsToilet paperPaper towelsTrash bagsToilet brushes/plungersLysol wipes/cleaning sprays Furniture Kitchen tables and chairsSofas and arm chairsBed framesmattresses (no tears or stains)Dressers Household Can openersCooking utensilsCookwareBath towelsBlankets/sheetsPillows Rare Breed Body wash/shampoo/conditionerDeodorantSunscreen/aloe vera/bug sprayLip balm/ChapstickLaundry detergentBaby wipes/diapersPop-top canned foodhigh protein snackssleeping bagsTarpsBackpacksBungee cordsFlashlightsMen'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. 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.
The Kitchen, Inc. Emergency Shelter opened in November 2018 with 14 apartments and a 50-bed capacity. Thirteen apartments serve individuals, families, Veterans, and youth, while one apartment is reserved for respite care. Since opening, 119 people have been temporarily housed in the shelter. Designed with Family in Mind Unlike most congregate shelters, The Kitchen, Inc. Emergency Shelter provides each family with space of their own: a kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and a small living area. This allows families to focus on securing permanent housing without worrying about the safety of their children or the security of their possessions. In the COVID-19 pandemic, this model has allowed families to shelter in place, isolate, or quarantine when necessary. The shelter has other amenities to decrease the trauma children and adults experience when they lose their home: Apartments are accessible through interior doorsLaundry is available for families to useThe playground offers a safe place for kids of all ages to playEach unit includes a kitchen, bathroom, small living area and bedroomsThe computer lab and expanded Wi-Fi access allow children to continue with schoolworkOutdoor kennels provide a space for pets to spend time outside Forward Thinking When a family enters the shelter, case managers work with them to find housing options and prepare them to move into permanent housing. After they are housed, case managers continue to work with the family to overcome the barriers that led to homelessness and reach long-term stability. The goals is to move the family into permanent housing within 90 days. Community Support Building the Emergency Shelter would not have been possible without the generous support of the community. The shelter was phase 1 of our Capital Campaign to fund The O’Reilly Family Campus: The Kitchen, Inc.'s new home. Phase 2 is the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family…
It is fitting to be moving The Kitchen, Inc. to a new home when much of what we do here is help folks find affordable, permanent housing. We are excited to start this new chapter in The Kitchen, Inc.’s long history of serving this community. The Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services Building will be the new home of The Kitchen, Inc’s support services team. This includes case managers in our Community Housing and Home at Last programs, the housing office that works with local landlords to find safe, affordable housing for our clients, our support nurse, the Donation Center, and our administrative staff. The building is located at 730 N. Glenstone Ave. and is expected to open in October. The brand-new building includes collaborative workspaces for case managers, nine conference rooms for confidential meetings with clients, and a large board room. Extra health and safety measures were added in the construction phase to limit the spread of COVID-19. Additional safety screens were added to the reception area, social distancing dividers were added to open office spaces, and hands-free door openers were added to restroom and entry doors. “We are so grateful to Sam, June, and the entire Hamra family for their generous support of this project. This building will allow us to better serve our clients and continue The Kitchen, Inc.’s long history of bringing stability and purpose to people who are homeless.”–Meleah Spencer, CEO Sam and June Hamra and Charlie O'Reilly at the future home of the O'Reilly Family Campus and Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services Building. Want to contribute to the cause? Consider donating to the Capital Campaign. Photos of the Sam F. and June S. Hamra Family Support Services Building.