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The Kitchen, Inc. Dissolves Partnership with Safe Place

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 3, 2018) — The Kitchen, Inc. will dissolve its partnership with the National Safe Place program due to overlapping of services provided by Rare Breed Youth Services.  The end of this affiliation will not impact the current services provided to our community’s at-risk and homeless youth at the Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center.

Those services include:

  • A safe environment for homeless and at-risk youth ages 13-24 Monday – Friday from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Emergency shelter with The Kitchen, Inc. and with partners like Empowering Youth, Safe to Sleep and Victory Mission.
  • As a front door for all of Springfield’s housing programs, The Rare Breed offers housing assessments for those youth who are homeless, at –risk, or unsafely housed.
  • Wrap around case management services for youth who are literally homeless, unsafely housed or a part of Rare Breed Housing Programs.
  • Trained and caring staff and volunteers who can make appropriate referrals to mental health, medical, employment, and parenting resources.
  • Identification needs including ID’s and Birth Certificates.
  • On Tuesdays, Department of Social Services available for Food Stamps and Medicaid.
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene needs
  • Showers
  • Laundry Services
  • Tents/sleeping bags/outdoor gear (as available)
  • Purchase of needed items for a new job (if funding is available)
  • Bus passes to work/school/appointments (as available)
  • Dinner Monday-Friday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday backpack program for weekend food

To learn more about The Kitchen’s Rare Breed Youth Services, we invite the public to take a tour of the Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center and talk with staff members. The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center is located at 301 N. Main Ave., Springfield, MO 65806 and is open Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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