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Jubilee Jobs awarded $10,000 donation through Liberty Mutual, Safeco Insurance emergency grants

Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance have announced a $10,000 donation to Jubilee Jobs — nominated by Christian Moore of REAL Insurance Agency — as part of an Emergency Community Support Grant to help independent insurance agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation will go directly to Jubilee Jobs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding entry-level...

Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels calls for charities to apply for Good Works Program grant

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is calling for established nonprofit charities to apply for a 2020 grant from the Good Works Program until Feb. 14. 501(c)(3) organizations with a five-year track record and who aid the citizens of Kentucky are eligible. Application guidelines and other criteria are posted on www.kycolonels.org. Through donations from Kentucky Colonels in the Commonwealth...

USA Cares partners with Kentucky Opera for blanket and coat drive to benefit to veterans in Louisville

Now through Veterans Day, USA Cares and Kentucky Opera are hosting a donation drive focused on providing warm clothing and blankets to local disabled and homeless veterans. “USA Cares is proud to partner with our friends at Kentucky Opera to help support homeless veterans in our community,” said Trace Chesser, USA Cares’ President/CEO. “USA Cares strives to reach out to veterans and military...

Boyd County Extension Homemakers give homeless in Northeast Kentucky a warm, dry place to lay

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Numerous homeless in Northeast Kentucky have a warm, dry place to rest, thanks to the efforts of Boyd County Extension Homemakers. For the past six years, the Extension Homemakers have crocheted sleeping mats for homeless individuals out of plastic grocery bags. The mats warm with body heat, are waterproof and, when woven tight enough, keep mud and ground-dwelling...

Islamic Relief USA’s Day of Dignity campaign to take place in Lexington on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Lexington with partner SHARE Kentucky Lexington. The Day of Dignity campaign consists of a series of events held around the nation to help people who are homeless or from low-income households, among other sociological conditions, gain access to meals, winter coats, hygiene kits,...

UK Students hit the streets of New York to develop app to assist with outreach to the homeless

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky A group of University of Kentucky students is proving their impact can reach well beyond the Commonwealth. Together, they are using their knowledge of computer science to help some of the most vulnerable members of the largest city in the United States. More than 8.5 million people call New York City home, but far too many of them are homeless. Breaking Ground,...

Lexington’s new upLIFT program offers free Lextran transportation services for city’s homeless

Lexington is partnering with Lextran to launch upLIFT, a new program that will offer free, conditional transportation services for the area’s homeless population. The program’s goal is to eliminate one of the most common barriers — transportation — for those who are homeless and seeking employment, medical services, child care, housing or other basic living activities. “Giving a person...

Lexington launches new medical care program to help local homeless population

Lexington citizens who are homeless and in need of short-term recuperative medical care have a new place to find help. The Medical Respite Program is a partnership between the city and Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass) through its Bluegrass Care Transitions program. Local hospitals and other medical providers will identify patients who are eligible for the program, which...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...

Kentucky by Heart: Louisville teenager motivated by helping others, inspires ‘random acts of kindness’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist When Shareen Dunn used her Advent calendar as a guide to encourage her son, fifth-grader Andrew, to do simple and loving gestures for others, she often provided some sort of tangible reward. Today, 15-year-old Andrew, a freshman student at Louisville’s duPont Manual High School, doesn’t need those items to motivate him. What spurs him today to do kind things...

Results of annual homeless count released; Fayette County identified 1,051 during 2017 K-Count

The Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) released the results of the 2017 K-Count Tuesday, a “point-in-time” count of homeless Kentuckians living on the streets, in emergency shelters, or other temporary housing programs in the Balance of State (118 counties outside of Fayette and Jefferson) during a single night. Due to separate funding streams, Louisville and Lexington conduct their own counts. The...

Grants and Special Programs director Lanter recipient of University of Kentucky Sullivan Medallion

Charlie Lanter, who until recently served as Director of Lexington’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, has been named a 2017 winner of the University of Kentucky Sullivan Medallion. The award is the highest honor UK presents to recognize humanitarian efforts in the community. In 2014, Mayor Jim Gray named Lanter the city’s first director of then newly created Office of Homelessness...

Lexington’s Hope Center provides comprehensive cold-weather assistance to area homeless

The Hope Center’s mission is to help the homeless each and every day of the year. However, during the cold weather months, there are extra needs to be addressed. Here is a list of cold-weather related services provided to our community: Daily Street Outreach: In March 2016, the Hope Center was awarded a three year grant through the Office of Homeless Prevention and Intervention for a Street Outreach...

Volunteers needed for state’s K-Count to identify homeless people communities on Jan. 27

Volunteers from across the state will survey homeless persons in Kentucky on Wednesday, Jan. 27. This point-in-time count, known as the K-Count, occurs over a 24-hour period beginning at sunrise on Jan. 27, and ending at sunrise the following day. Every year, Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) coordinates the K-Count—to monitor the scope of the homeless situation in Kentucky. The U.S. Department...