SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (11/07/2017) The Kitchen is currently in a season of both celebration and concern.
Since the Kitchen Inc. began its Capital Campaign in 2015, they have been able to raise $3.4 million from community donations for a new shelter that is set to be completed next year. However, due to the focus that has been put on meeting the goal for the new shelter, The Kitchen has seen a reduction in donations to their everyday funds.
"The funding that people give that is restricted to the capitol campaign- we're not allowed to use any of that money that we raise for this new shelter building to run our day to day, unrestricted operating funds," said Jim Newman, the President of the Board of Trustees for the Kitchen Inc.
Throughout 2017, the organization estimates that they have lost $30 thousand dollars in general funding every month, and due to the loss, they have had to compensate in other areas to make ends meet.
"We've eliminated some jobs and combined them with other jobs, and we've done just about all we can do to keep our operation going," said Newman.
As a non-profit, The Kitchen depends on donations to keep their projects up and running. If donations fail to come in, they fear cuts to the housing program may be next.
However, The Kitchen is confident that with the communities support, they will be able to continue their mission.
"In 2016 we served 662 people which gives you an idea of how many people we've helped through our various programs, and that's another reason why the donations coming in would need to increase so we can still help the same amount of people," said Newman.
Right now, monetary donations are desperately needed, however The Kitchen said that any type of donation is greatly appreciated. If you would like more information about how to donate to the organization, click here.