Only NKY homeless shelter keeping families together reopens


Family Promise of Northern Kentucky — the only shelter program in the state that is able to keep entire families together as they experience homelessness — has reopened.
 
Since 2014, the nonprofit has been closed, but thanks to the generosity of 35 local churches and volunteers willing to provide emergency service to families overnight, in addition to an executive director and case manager who have implemented plans to collaborate with Northern Kentucky University and University of Cincinnati student interns, the program is able to relaunch.
 
FPNKY has a permanent facility in Newport where families can go to receive case management services.
 
”Unfortunately, there are many families in Northern Kentucky who are in crisis,” says Amanda Speier, FPNKY’s executive director. “We need to make sure that more of the families in need of shelter and assistance can access such services.” 
 
It’s a crisis many local individuals and groups intend to address, but it requires collaboration and an understanding of families’ situations in order to help meet their needs so they can get back on their feet and on the road to financial stability.
 
“While overall homelessness in Greater Cincinnati has remained stable over the past few years, family homelessness has been on the rise”, says Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness. “Family Promise will help us meet the need in a coordinated, regional way, making sure Kentucky families receive the assistance they need in Kentucky.”

Do Good: 

•    Support Strategies to End Homeless by donating

•    If you can't provide financial support, FPNKY is in need of various necessities. Contact Amanda Speier or by calling 859-308-8005. 

•    If you are passionate about helping to solve the crisis of homelessness, volunteer. Contact Speier to get connected. 

 

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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