Rare Breed Youth Services

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The average age of homeless youth in Springfield is 17.  To raise funds and bring awareness for the hundreds of these individuals living on the streets, Rare Breed will host the annual Sleepout event with the goal of “Sleeping outside so kids don’t have to.”  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

The first taste of sub-freezing temperatures this week could have those in need wondering where to go for a safe night’s sleep. But as KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the choices in Springfield may be fewer than last year.   

Local agencies like the Salvation Army and American Red Cross offer overnight warming shelters during times of extreme cold weather. While it was unclear if they were planning to open their doors this week with temperatures expected to drop below 20 degrees, another organization finds itself without a shelter as the winter season approaches.

Five southwest Missouri non-profits are to collectively receive $100,000 through Mercy Clinic’s Force for Good grant program, which is funded through the contributions of the company’s physicians and co-workers. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.