The Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center is sponsored by The Kitchen, Inc. to help keep kids safe and off the streets of Springfield, MO. It is a free and confidential service center for youth ages 13 through 20 years old. They have been serving homeless, high risk and disconnected young people since June of 2000.
The center's primary goals include connecting with local homeless, runaway, and street youth as well as to establish trust over time through relationship building, while determining their needs. The Rare Breed aims to provide services that meet the self-identified needs of over 700 youth per year and help them leave the streets, reduce exploitation and abuse.
They are able to do this through their Street Outreach Drop-In Center and Transitional Living Apartment Program. Through working with them, hundreds of youth have set goals, achieved stability, completed education, become employed and moved forward in their lives. Please visit their website to learn more about their programs and the great youth they serve. Hear the interview here.