Two new Kentucky laws go into effect

Today  – June 29, 2017 –  two new laws improving protections for victims of domestic and dating violence law go into effect.

1.)  Under the new law sponsored by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, it is illegal to evict any victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse or stalking who has a civil or criminal protective order. The new law also requires landlords to allow survivors who have long-term protective orders to replace locks on rental housing and break leases, while also making it illegal to deny someone rental housing because of their status as a victim.

2.) Under the new law sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado and supported by more than two dozen organizations, Kentucky professionals in health care, school, faith, law enforcement, social services, and other sectors are required to provide resources and referrals for suspected victims. This new law replaces the previous “Mandatory Reporting” law that many advocates believe was ineffective and often endangered lives. Sherry Currens, Executive Director of Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says the new law “will increase survivors’ awareness of services while preserving their ability to control their own lives.”

Both laws protect former spouses; individuals who are living together, have formerly lived together, or have a child in common; and victims of dating violence. The Lexington Herald-Leader published this editorial about the new laws, and our sister organization in Louisville, The Center for Women and Families, features an article by Sherry Currens about the replacement of the mandatory reporting law at this link.


VISTA Development Specialist Position

This opportunity is for one-year Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) position provided through HHCK Homes for All.  Please review all position information prior to submitting your application from this link at Kentucky Nonprofit Network Career Site. This job posting will close on Friday, February 10.

To qualify for VISTA, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident and pass a background check. Benefits  of service include a living stipend of $973 per month; education award or post­-service cash award; training and relocation assistance. You may qualify for postponement or forbearance of the repayment of your qualified student loans during your service. Other qualifications and benefits apply. For more information, please visit this link.

General Functions: The VISTA member will build capacity for community support and contributions to encourage safety, healing and self-sufficiency services for survivors of intimate partner abuse experiencing poverty and/or homelessness.

Essential Functions:

  • Implement processes to assure timely tracking of supporter contributions in database; develop queries and reports to inform development strategies and measurements; create handbook to guide database procedures.
  • Identify opportunities for expanded communication with community supporters; implement processes to assure timely written communication to thank community members for their support; establish processes to establish monthly lead list for community supporter outreach and cultivation.
  • Assist with development and implementation of farm product marketing plan; identify audiences to market products to support project; represent project at community-based sales events; assist with processes related to online and local product marketing, sales, and customer support.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of community engagement events; develop processes to engage and invite supporters to special events; engage volunteer support of existing and new community-based events
  • Identify and create content for social media and blog; assist with content creation for project newsletter; assist with writing and distribution of media alerts and press releases.
  • Attend internal meetings with agency staff and external meeting with mission stakeholders.

Supervised by: Operations Director

Requirements:Associate or Bachelor degree preferred.  Transportation and/or valid driver’s license required. Skill set should include:

  • Understanding of data management, from entry to export;
  • Excellent technology skills, with  demonstrated skills in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Understanding and comfort with social and online media;
  • Strong writing and communication capabilities.

Qualities for success in role include understanding of mission to end intimate partner abuse; detail-oriented; critical thinking; self-motivated; team player.

Handmade By Survivors Holiday Gifts

Om Yeah – Yoga and Hot Chocolate!

We all know the holidays can be hectic and that sometimes you just need a break. That’s why we’re offering a yoga and hot chocolate event on December 17.

Come and relax with us in a class led by Delia Rose Gibbs and GreenHouse17 staff members, then savor the delicious hot chocolate catered by Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream alongside gourmet marshmallows made by Pamela Graham McDaniel!

The class will be held at Barefoot Works Yoga and is FREE with a donation to the 2016 Good Giving Challenge. For more information and to reserve your spot, join our event page on Facebook.


Stuff Your Stockings!

Looking for the perfect gift for the holidays? Comeout  to our Stuff Your Stockings event on December 13 from 5-8 p.m. at our commercial kitchen. Our Handmade By Survivors products make popular gifts and are great as stocking stuffers!

Our shelter residents have been busy all year creating beautiful soaps, candles, and lip balm to share with you. We also have two new products this holiday season- bath salts and aroma sprays! These are perfect for relaxing after a long day and freshening your environment.

For more information on this great event, join our event page on Facebook!



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