With the number of requests for assistance on the rise, Green River Ministries is embarking on a capital campaign to raise funds.
"With increased need of the community comes increased need of our agency," said Executive Director Misty Curry. "We do receive grant funding, but securing donations will allow us to help more people as the need increases.
"Further, we are looking for ongoing donations from community members, churches and industries to ensure that we will still be able to help the needy regardless of grant funding. These funds may be earmarked for any of the partner agencies and may also be designated either for general operating expenses, such as debt reduction of construction loans or direct services to clients."
Located on Stockyard Street, Green River Ministries houses Green River Ministries staff and well as the Taylor County Crisis Relief Agency, Taylor County Ministerial Food Pantry, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Christian Women's Job Corps. There is also space for another agency. GRM's new shelter building is now open, offering shelter for two families or two individuals.
"In the past few weeks, we have sheltered nine cases involving 11 adults and six children," Curry said. "We only expect this need to increase as the weather turns colder and the economic situation deteriorates."
The capital campaign, Curry said, seeks to match a $20,000 Kentucky Housing Corp. Challenge grant, which will be used to build a kitchen and caretaker apartment.
"In order for us to begin construction, we must first move the 'blue house,'" Curry said. "We have tried many avenues to do this. We accepted bids on the house because we will have to repay a grant used to update the house, but the successful bidder has not been able to get the house moved.
"We offered the house to other ministries that could use it to prevent homelessness, which would forgive the grant debt. Still, through all this, there have been no takers, and the house stands in front of our new building."
Curry said Green River Ministries doesn't want to demolish the house and asks anyone interested in moving the house to contact her at 465-0835.