Rorie Orgeron

Rorie Orgeron
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The nonprofit Kitchen, Inc. is searching for a new CEO. The organization said in a news release that Rorie Orgeron served his last day in the position Monday.

The release, issued Wednesday, did not elaborate on the reason for his exit.

Jim Newman, Board of Trustees president, tells KSMU, “Our business is as a nonprofit is dealing with privacy concerns with our clients as well as employees and we have no other comment than what is stated in the press release. But we wish him well.”

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The non-profit Kitchen, Inc. has sold its Commercial Street campus, the latest step in the organization’s move to a new venue later this year.

According to a news release, CEO Rorie Orgeron signed the papers Wednesday transferring ownership over the seven building campus to Historic Commercial Developments, LLC. The sale price was not disclosed. But the Kitchen noted it did not make a profit from the sale.

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A vacant lot in northeast Springfield will soon be home to the Kitchen Inc’s new emergency shelter and office building.

The nonprofit social service agency this week announced it had acquired the land for the new facilities at the corner of Glenstone and Chestnut Expressway. It paves the way for the development of new campus, which has a budget of $4 million.

Kitchen CEO Rorie Orgeron says purchasing the property cost less than remodeling its current facilities.

Joyce Jewel
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After spending nearly six months homeless, Joyce Jewel moved four different times in the span of two years before finding a place she can now call home.

“Being homeless into the hotel – the Missouri Hotel – from the Missouri Hotel to the KIND Place, from the KIND Place to the Ollis Building, from the Ollis Building to here; and this is like Heaven.”

Jewel is referring to her current three-bedroom, two and a half bath duplex on Springfield’s northwest side; part of the recently completed final phase of Beacon Village. Now, she has every intention of staying put.

Spero Place, The Kitchen
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Last April, The Kitchen, Inc. closed the door to the Missouri Hotel after 20 years of operation. In September, founder Sister Lorraine Biebel passed away and the organization decided to shut down its medical and dental clinic. But, contrary to public belief, the Springfield-based social service provider is expanding and breaking new ground.