Merryman House raising money to buy new location

Now that the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center’s proposal has been approved by the McCracken County School Board, the non-profit organization has until Jan. 30, 2016, to acquire $1.5 million to buy the old  McCracken County Board of Education campus on Berger Road.

The current facility only houses 24 beds. That leaves 35 on a waiting list at the moment, something Executive Director Mary Foley says is a major problem. “They need emergency shelter,” she said.

Although the campus is more public than the current location, Foley says that is an advantage. “I don’t know if the days of remaining in the shadows are helpful. Domestic violence happens in the shadows,” she said. This puts the organization out front in the community, open to support and ready to help anyone in need.

Some neighbors are hesitant to welcome the group with open arms. Although they acknowledge the good work that the non-profit does, they say it could mean trouble for their quiet neighborhood. 

“I’m a little bit leery,” Viginia Wells said after finding out that the Merryman House would be purchasing the old school buildings. Those husbands are still the same husbands that abused their wives, Wells said she believes.

Foley plans to push on. She says she will not apologize for asking for money and support. The cause is saving lives, and Foley said that is what it’s all about.

Merryman House will receive the money raised by Leadership Paducah at the Howl at the Moon benefit two weeks ago on July 2 at the Power and Partnership breakfast. That money will go towards the purchase.

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