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The Kitchen cites overlapping services provided by its Rare Breed program for canceling a partnership with National Safe Place.
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The Kitchen cites overlapping services provided by its Rare Breed program for canceling a partnership with National Safe Place.

The Kitchen ends yearslong partnership with national nonprofit

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The Kitchen Inc. dissolved a partnership it’s had in place since mid-2009 with a national nonprofit.

Officials with the Springfield-based homeless services provider cited overlapping assistance provided by its youth outreach program Rare Breed for ending the agreement with National Safe Place, a Louisville, Kentucky, provider of youth outreach and prevention initiatives, according to a news release.

The Kitchen Community Development Coordinator Roz Palmer said the organization paid Safe Place an annual fee between $200 and $1,400 for supportive materials and licensing annually, depending on whether The Kitchen fully renewed the partnership. No Kitchen staff members were affected by the decision to cancel the partnership, she said, noting in its most recent fiscal year, the organization paid $200 to Safe Place.

According to the release, the end of the affiliation agreement would not impact services provided to homeless and at-risk youth via Rare Breed.

Rare Breed provides housing assessments, a safe environment, case management, referrals for mental health, employment and medical issues, clothing, hygiene products, bus passes and dinner, among other services.

Safe Place, according to its website, is a “collaborative community prevention initiative” designed to work with businesses and organizations to serve as Safe Place locations to help at-risk youth.

The Kitchen ranked 12th on Springfield Business Journal’s list this year of the area’s largest nonprofits. The organization reported 46 employees, a $3.7 million budget and $1.5 million in funds raised locally during 2017.

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