Merryman House on track to close on new location

A place domestic abuse victims rely on is expected to own the former McCracken County School Board offices by the end of next month.

Once the Merryman House closes on the new property, it will start another phase of a campaign to raise money for renovations.

When Julie Aviles showed up at Merryman House a few years ago to get out of a dangerous situation, she never looked back.

"It changed my life. It saved me from a situation I was in," Aviles said.

Aviles now volunteers at the Merryman House, helping other people affected by domestic violence. The problem is the emergency shelter only has room for so many people.

"I think it would be really good having more space for more people and make that impact on a larger population," Aviles said.

For more than a year, the Merryman House has been trying to raise $1.5 million to buy this property, which has more room to help more people.

"A year ago, this was a broad stroke dream if you would," said Merryman House Executive Director Mary Foley.

Foley says by Sept. 26 her vision for Merryman House will be reality.

Once the acquisition is complete, the Merryman House will use five buildings on the campus, and a substance abuse treatment center will use three. The first phase of renovations includes the building used for the emergency shelter, the outreach buildings and an administration building. It could be nine months to a year before those renovations are complete.

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