Springfield, MO.- (6/8/17)
As the homeless issues remains in the spotlight in Springfield, The Kitchen Inc. Is making some big changes within the next year, which will positively change the way the homeless receive their services.
Jim Newman, President of Board of Trustees of The Kitchen Inc. says, “We’ve worked very hard for this, everybody, in the community to get the funds to build this, and its needed”.
Its a building aimed at pooling resources into one area.
Newman continued, “Right now, they’re spread out multiple places, especially the support part of it, we closed the hotel and stuff and now we need a shelter real bad”.
The shelter portion of the new campus is expected to be completed by next spring, and it will have 13 apartments for families and one for respite care. The updated shelter facilities will come with amenities that allows the kitchen to prepare people to eventually move into their own, permanent home. The current facility, which is quite old, has experienced some issues due to the age of the building.
Bob Helm, the Capital Campaign Chairman of the project says, “There’s no air conditioning, the privacy space is very limited, communal bathroom”.
In addition, the new campus will be able to hold 26 case manager offices which will allow for 25% growth, speeding along the process of placing the homeless into permanent housing, and getting them back on their feet. The building which costs over 4 million dollars has raised much through its capital campaign, but the future location fits the needs of the kitchen perfectly.
"First of all its still staying in north Springfield, where is where a bunch of our constituents is, its also on a bus line” added Newman.
The entire campus including the administrative section of the building is expected to be completed sometime next September.