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New Catholic Action Center invites community to open house Sunday to view Industry Road facility

Ginny Ramsey, co-director of the new Catholic Action Center, invited the community to an open house this Sunday. The facility officially begins operations on April 28.

“We want the opportunity to let everyone see the beauty, dignity and safe space that has been created for our brothers and sisters in Lexington who are experiencing homelessness,” Ramsey said.

The open house will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Center, 1055 Industry Road.

The building is the new home of the Catholic Action Center and Community Inn, facilities operated by the non-profit, Divine Providence Inc. The city sold the Industry Road building to Divine Providence for $550,000 last year. As part of the sale, the City also received title to the building that formerly housed the Catholic Action Center on East Fifth Street.

“The new facility allows an increase in on-site services, more opportunities for our community to connect and build relationships with our citizens on the street, and a path from the street to a home. One location affords our guests more dignity, opportunity and safety,” Ramsey said.

The new center will operate as a 24-hour shelter.

Charlie Lanter, former Director of the city’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, said, “We are working alongside Ginny and her organization to provide access to permanent housing opportunities for people residing in the facility to reduce their stay in the shelter and end their homelessness.”

Police will remain in their Central Roll Call, located on the second floor of the building, in the short-term. This summer, Roll Call will move across the street to Eastland Shopping Center, as the city maintains a police presence in the Winchester Road area.

The city’s Division of Adult and Tenant Services, which had been located on the first floor, has been moved to the Black and Williams Center, 498 Georgetown St.

From LexingtonKy.gov

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