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Paducah's Cooperative Ministry opens shelter for women and children in Western KY

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
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(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

A non-profit organization has opened homeless shelter for women and children in Paducah, Kentucky this week.

The Paducah Cooperative Ministry opened the first four housing units of its “Fresh Start Village” on Monday.

Each home offers a four-bedroom layout, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a community living room, according to PCM Executive Director Heidi Suhrheinrich. Each home can accommodate up to eight single women or as many as three small families with mothers and children.  

An on-site staff member, Sheila Forrest, provides around the clock support and supervision. Adults are taught life skills such as time management, parenting skills, and money management. Once a week mental health counseling is provided to residents by Four Rivers Behavioral Health.

However, this is only the first half of the $2.3 million project. The second phase two additional housing units and an administrative center to house the on-site staff and programming space.  

Fund raising for the project began in 2014.

PCM needs to raise an additional $900,000 to complete the next phase of the project. Suhrheinrich said it’s a big goal but the need in the community is there.

“Our community is rich with history, the arts and educational opportunities,” Suhrheinrich said. “It seems only appropriate that we ensure that our community’s most vulnerable citizens have a safe place to sleep at night with opportunities and resources needed to rebuild their lives.”

The Fresh Start Village is the only facility of its kind in the region, serving women and children.

The agency has operated a homeless shelter since 1990. It’s former site provided housing for up to 30 people but PCM was forced to move in 2014 due to changes in regulations.

PCM is a non-profit agency assisting residents in McCracken County since 1973. It also offers a food pantry at 402 Legion Drive, utility and rent assistance, and homelessness services.

For more information on how to  donate or how to receive services provided by PCM visit their website by clicking here.

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