Nicholasville recovery center receives donation from dissolved non-profit

Published 2:30 pm Friday, June 16, 2023

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Shepherds House, a Nicholasville recovery community center recently received a donation from Jessamine Safehouse, Inc.

Multiple employees of the Nicholasville Police Department (NPD) participate on the Jessamine Safehouse board. Recently, the non-profit made the decision to dissolve due to the city and county now having more resources available for homeless individuals, emergency assistance and displaced families. Leftover funds from the dissolution of the nonprofit were donated to local nonprofits around the county.

On Monday, June 12, Chief Todd Justice and Assistant Chief Michael Fleming from the NPD delivered a $22,809.94 donation to Shepherds House on behalf of the Jessamine Safehouse board.

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Kate Holway, program director at Shepherds House received the check for the recovery center.

“Thank you so much; you have no idea what a game-changer this is for us,” she said.

Shepherds House is one of six nonprofits that received donations in the county.

“We want to make sure that the people of Jessamine County get this. We wanted to make sure that Jessamine County gets the benefit of this program and these funds.” Said Justice.

A crowd of supporters and partners from around the city and county praised Holway for her work.

Those in attendance included staff from the Jessamine County Health Department, the Circuit Court, Commonwealth Attorney Andy Sims and Chief Circuit Court Judge Hunter Daugherty.

“It’s amazing that we all are here for the same effort and Kate you work your tail off trying to get people into recovery and treatment so I’m proud of you all for coming together and being able to do that,” said Sidney Bisschop, the Jessamine County Health Department Harm Reduction Director.

Holway reiterated how grateful she and the origination were for the donation.

“Thank you, cause without you guys there wouldn’t be us. Everything that we have and everything that we do is because of the support we have and the relationships we built, and we’re strong together. Thank you for everything,” said Holway. “We’re as good as the people who walk through here. They come in lost and if we help them find their way home, one step at a time, then we’re doing what needs to be done. And we do it with a lot of love. The one thing I do know is without all our partners there would not be an us, and we’re extremely grateful for this and for this (funding) to be used in this community.”