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Artful Healing

Healing. It comes in as many forms as the harm that brought its need. Yes, it takes time. Safety. Counseling. Space. Nurturing. Not just covering wounds but allowing them to slowly mend and then become strong again. We explore all ways that we can help survivors of intimate partner abuse to find their own path to healing. Offering art and creative art is one. These beautiful pieces hang in the shelter’s hallways. Created by survivors.…

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Lexi-Fest TWO benefits survivors

We love community events.  One reason, of course, is raising funds to support survivors. Another reason…we get to share information about our mission and shelter and our trauma-informed approached to survivor advocacy. That’s why we’re so excited about Lexi-Fest TWO! Lexi-Fest TWO Sunday, May 31 1-3 p.m. Natasha’s Bistro & Bar 112 Esplanade, Lexington Mighty Max Corona of Classic Rock 921 WBVX will emcee the afternoon concert with this amazing line-up of local musicians: Ben…

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Mother’s Day Is Just Around The Corner

You do know that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, right? Have you planned out the perfect gift for the special mom figure in your life? No? AKKKK! Well, let us help you out while you help us out! Tickets to Lunafest – an evening of films by, for, and about women. We have taken care of all the details for an amazing evening to honor your mom! A catered reception at  Gray Construction at…

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Kentucky Dating Violence Legislation Passed

By Darlene Thomas Executive Director For seven years advocates across the Commonwealth of Kentucky have sought protections for victims of dating violence. Late last night — just before midnight — House Bill 8 made its way to the Senate floor, where it passed with only one dissenting vote. About thirty minutes later, the House concurred with the Senate changes with a 100-0 vote! And Governor Steve Beshear tweeted that he looks forward to signing the…

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Another Snow Day at the Shelter

Another snow day. In March?! Snow days promise so much in the beginning. We get a little extra time to enjoy that cup of coffee while ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the beauty of nature outside the window. Oh how this moment is fleeting! By noontime it’s but a distant memory. Snow days come with a long to-do list: canceling meetings, shoveling the driveway, clearing the sidewalks, checking on family and neighbors, finding the kids’ gloves…

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Call for Short Films By, For, About Women in Central Kentucky

We are proud to partner with the Lexington Film League in this call for submissions of short films by, for, and about women in central Kentucky! A local committee will select one short film from submissions received to be screened during LUNAFEST LEXINGTON on Thursday, May 7 at the Kentucky Theatre. Proceeds from LUNAFEST LEXINGTON benefit survivors of intimate partner violence and breast cancer. Deadline for Submissions:  Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. Criteria:  Submission…

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Thinking About Flowers

By Jessica Ballard Farm and Family Advocate As I am writing this post, snow is gently falling outside my window. It seems a bit ironic to be writing about flowers right now, but flowers are all I can think about as we plan our spring and summer gardens. When I began working at GreenHouse17 four years ago, we wanted to grow a garden in order to create access to fresh produce and integrate nature-based programming…

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Our Anniversary Love Letter to Survivors

Ten years ago our organization received its federal nonprofit status.The official date on the paperwork was February 14. Some think this to be  ironic given we are an agency working to end intimate partner abuse. We think it speaks to the power of healthy and supportive love! So since Valentine’s Day has a special connection to our mission and its our 10 year anniversary, we made this short video “love letter” for the strong survivors…

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Call for Amazing Volunteer Groups to help with this year’s Shop & Share event

Featured image: Photo of volunteers with First Lady Jane Beshear during last year’s Shop & Share. This year’s Shop & Share — an annual statewide collection of nonperishable goods for domestic violence shelters — will happen on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are so lucky to receive each and every item donated at the Kroger locations in our 17-county service area in central Kentucky. And we need the help of…

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Beards, Bourbon, Bands and Burlesque

Beards, you say? Bands and…what?   Bourbon and Burlesque! We are so excited to be the beneficiary of this extravaganza of facial hair and entertainment at Cosmic Charlie’s. The Kentucky Burlesque Society is kind and generous and so supportive of our mission to end intimate partner abuse. And this year the Nomadic Beardsmen of the Bluegrass will host a beard competition during the event. Friday is all about meeting the bands, hanging with fun folks, and…

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