Financial donations are gratefully accepted for operating expenses, special projects, or the building fund. Make checks payable to Simon House and mail to Simon House, P. O. Box 5174, Frankfort, KY 40602. Simon House has ongoing needs for basic supplies including food, diapers, paper products, cleaning supplies, personal care items, clothing, and household goods. Gently used women's and children's clothing, household items, and furniture are also gladly accepted. Simon House also welcomes bequests of money, real estate, and stocks and bonds as a living legacy of the donor.
Volunteers are essential to Simon House's operation, and both individuals and volunteer groups are welcomed. Volunteers assist with maintenance, office work, sorting donated items, tutoring children and adults, and much more.
Simon House was incorporated in 1987 in Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfort when a young woman, who found herself pregnant and with no place to live, called the pregnancy help line and talked with a VISTA worker about her plight. There was no program within the entire state of Kentucky at that time that could house her. The VISTA worker took it upon herself to find a place for this desperate young woman. With work and good fortune she found a dwelling that was renovated and not only helped this young woman, but provided enough space to help three other women in similar situations. Thus began the vision of what was to become the Simon House.
Simon House now provides a residential setting where six women who are homeless and their children can live together for up to 24 months. Additionally, assistance is provided with employment, education, child care, parenting skills, financial management, and other life skills. The program primarily serves residents of Franklin and surrounding Central Kentucky counties, but when space is available, families from throughout Kentucky are admitted.
Goals for 2017 include continuing the services outlined above and serving as many clients as possible. The total operating budget for the organization is small, but the Board of Directors is planning several fundraising efforts during 2017. Our board of directors and executive director will continue to move the program in a positive direction and increase the efficiency of board and administrative functions. We will continue to enhance our volunteer program. Our goal is to have increasing numbers of residents leaving the program in 2017 with permanent housing and self-sufficiency plans that will prevent future homelessness. We also will continue our outreach to previous residents and low income families in the community in 2017 including providing them with subsistence items and case management assistance when needed. The Board will continue strategic planning to address the need for a larger and newer facility.
Increase income by $50,000 to improve client services.
Increase and better utilize volunteers ($5,000 for recruitment and management).
The program primarily serves residents of Franklin and surrounding Central Kentucky counties, but when space is available, families from throughout Kentucky are admitted.
Simon House provides transitional housing to women and their children to help families move toward self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Through this safe, stable and healthy environment Simon House facilitates each resident to achieve and maintain independence and productivity in the community by providing them with case management services that emphasize employment skills, educational opportunities, financial planning, parenting skills development, and housing opportunities.
Simon House provides Rapid Re-Housing and aftercare assistance for residents who have moved from the residential program to independent living. This program is also available to homeless families in the community who have not had a previous stay at Simon House. Limited financial assistance is available for helping clients establish a stable community residence. They also may receive assistance with both material items (e.g., food, diapers, cleaning supplies) and case work services to work toward self-sufficiency goals including education, employment, and housing.
Simon House provides limited financial assistance and case management services to community clients at imminent risk of homelessness to help them remain in community housing and avert their transition to homelessness.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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