The Kitchen’s New Homeless Shelter Close to Completion

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A new homeless shelter in Springfield is getting closer to completion.

March 27 is The Kitchen’s 35th anniversary. To celebrate, The Kitchen invited KOLR10 for a tour of its new facility, meant for people who are in transition from homelessness into a permanent place. 

The shelter has 13 units which will house up to 50 people. 

Stephanie Ireland, the architect of the project, says the apartments will be fully equipped but using the square footage as efficiently as possible.

“It will be a refrigerator that I can even see the top of. So, they’re smaller, but it’s something that each of them can have for their own,” she said.  

Upstairs there’s room for up to 8 more people, 
 
The new shelter is located on a lot along Chestnut Expressway, just around the corner from Glenstone. Organizers say this is an ideal location because it’s close to a couple of bus stops. 

“It’s just going to be more accessible for some of the clients that we serve to be on such a major street,” said  Meleah Spencer, The Kitchen CEO, says this shelter will be different from the Missouri Hotel which shut down in 2015. Spencer says case managers will make sure no one stays longer than needed working with clients one on one.

“We all have different needs, different strengths and different weaknesses. And some of those weaknesses are what hold people back from permanent-housing, and our case managers get to know our clients one on one,” she said. 

Spencer says people staying at the Ollis Building and The Kind Place will be moving to the new shelter. 

Construction will cost about $4 million funded by foundation grants and donations. The Kitchen hopes to have the keys to the new place in June.

Springfield Mayor, Ken McClure, stopped by and in a speech he said this new shelter was a ray of sunshine in the community on this rainy day.

McClure proclaimed March 27 The Kitchen Day in Springfield as the organization celebrates its 35 anniversary. 

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