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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | January 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Officials of the City of Springfield and The Kitchen, Inc. , said Monday afternoon that some residents of the Missouri Hotel will be able to return on Tuesday.   A fire on Jan. 20 caused so much smoke, water and heat damage that 185 formerly homeless residents were not able to stay there until repairs and clean-ups were completed. The residents have been staying at Cox North Hospital and a church.  The third and fourth floors will open first, followed by the second and first floors.  All residents may not be back in the building for two or three more weeks.  About 100 people may move back on Tuesday.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | October 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A few weeks after The Kitchen, Inc., said it would close one of the biggest food pantries in the Ozarks, another group that feeds hungry people is gearing up to expand its services. More than 150 families come to The Kitchen's food pantry every day.  In just a few weeks, they will have to go somewhere else.  For decades, volunteers at The Kitchen have fed hungry people. That's all about to change as the organization restructures to better help homeless people.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor / info from news release and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Volunteers with several local organizations are performing the second count of the homeless this year in Greene, Christian and Webster counties. The "Every One Counts" event serves to document the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the Springfield metro area. According to a news release from the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, more than 750 people are homeless at any given time in Greene County alone, with one-third of those living without shelter.
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by Linda Russell and Mike Coonrod, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 16, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An organization known for sheltering homeless people is now building apartments and duplexes.  The Kitchen, which runs the Missouri Hotel , has started construction on a development called Beacon Village.  It's on West Helen Street in northwest Springfield. Concrete is already in the ground, just the beginning of a fresh start for families living with low incomes.  "We're ecstatic that it's happening, and it's been three or four years we've been talking about it," said Rorie Orgeron, chief executive officers of The Kitchen Inc. Beacon Village will be a 44-unit development, including one-bedroom apartments and two- and three-bedroom duplexes.  There will also be a community center where residents can receive services from The Kitchen and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.  "They might just need somebody to help them go through their bills and help them make sure they're doing everything correctly there," Orgeron said.
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KY3 News | October 10, 2010
A full-throttle event to benefit people in need along Commercial Street. Riders hit 40-miles of open road as a part of this year's Victory Ride.  All of the proceeds go toward the Victory Mission which making sure families in the area have food on the table. Organizers say they're feeling a one-two punch from the economy this year. This was the 16th year for the Victory ride. Victory Mission started in 1976 when Rev. and Mrs. Everett Cook served sandwiches and coffee to area homeless people.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | November 29, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A private attorney is concerned about the activities at a resource center for veterans and homeless people across the street from his firm's offices.   Steve Garner recently sent a letter to an attorney for New Life Evangelistic Center , which runs the Veterans Coming Home Center in the Center City area, and threatened to file a nuisance lawsuit against it if "all activities at the center" are not ceased. The Rev. Larry Rice, who heads NLEC, revealed the letter at a news conference on Tuesday morning and said a potential lawsuit would divert funds that his group uses to help homeless people and down-and-out veterans.
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by Jerry Jacob, KY3 News and jjacob@ky3.com | November 12, 2012
BRANSON, Mo. -- Veterans in Branson offered up their ideas Monday evening of how best to punish a man suspected of fraudulently collecting money for disabled veterans. The man, 53-year-old Derl Sharp, is accused of hiring homeless people to collect donations for a nonprofit group with which he has no connection.   Branson police think Sharp managed to collect at least $2,000 on behalf of Disabled American Veterans before he was arrested. The Taney County prosecuting attorney has charged the 53-year-old Sharp with stealing.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | February 7, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Paramedics called city police after discovering a man's body next to the back wall of a convenience store on the southwest corner of Republic Road at Campbell Avenue.  Investigators say the death does not appear to be suspicious.  The paramedics had stopped at the store for another reason when they happened to spot the body.  The clerks at the Kum & Go store say the man, who was Kevin Hystad, 54, of Berryville, Ark., slept in a depression near the store by a cellular telephone tower, and often came into the store.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | January 21, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, -- While the restoration project is underway at the Missouri Hotel, those displaced by the fire are in need of shelter. Red Cross workers are preparing to take care of 185 homeless people for the next several weeks. There's a shelter setup at the Dayspring Worship Center on Dale Street. Nearly 40 people are staying there and the rest are at Cox North. This is a community effort to make sure the homeless are not forgotten. The Red Cross is providing food, cots, blankets, pillows, clothes, and bathroom supplies.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | September 27, 2010
BRANSON, Mo. -- More than 400 individuals and families in Taney County are without suitable housing.  Project Homeless Connect gives them a little help along the way. It's part of Gov. Jay Nixon's Committee to End Homelessness.  The event in Branson was a year in the making.  It brings homeless or under-housed people and families to medical, housing, and social services. One of the groups donating services is The System -- the Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School in Springfield.
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by Marie Saavedra, KY3 News and msaavedra@ky3.com | January 26, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's not a number to celebrate, but the higher number of unsheltered homeless, the better.  Agencies in the Ozarks spent Tuesday night and Wednesday spreading out across the area, collecting information on people who spend the night out in the elements. The more people who are found and counted in the annual count, the more money this area can receive to help homeless people. In a room inside the Missouri Hotel, it was standing room only on Wednesday.  Dozens of unsheltered homeless people showed up to be counted, but in every seat was only a sampling.
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by Marie Saavedra, KY3 News and msaavedra@ky3.com | December 1, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- On the heels of a task force report on how to better help homeless people in the city comes unwelcome news for Springfield School District students and their families.  The district saw a sharp increase in the number of homeless students right after the holiday weekend.  It’s more evidence that dealing with homelessness in this community has much further to go. Four-year-old Ritchey Langrell is a ball of energy who’s been bouncing around the Missouri Hotel since early July.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | November 23, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The governor's office said Tuesday that two organizations that serve homeless people will receive federal stimulus funds.  The Kitchen, which runs the Missouri Hotel and other facilities, will receive about $81,000 and the Salvation Army, which operates the Family  Enrichment Center, will receive about $10,000. The state Department of Social Services will send 15 homeless shelters a total of $1,174,123 "that was made available through the expansion of emergency Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
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