Ladies Living Free expanding


Reporter- Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Jason Thomason



PADUCAH, KY-  As the engine of a back hoe idled, a group gathered to pray Tuesday at Ladies Living Free.

Pastor Topper Council, with Southland Baptist Temple, had the group join hands and then asked God to pray and watch over the continued works of Ladies Living Free.

On Tuesday, ground was broken for the 'Transitional House.'  It is expected to be completed in the coming weeks and will house women transitioning to life after the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

"For those girls that would stay on an extra 3 months, that would ensure they'll be here 9 months. So, 9 months living in a safe environment only helps their chances of staying drug free," Terry Peeler said.

Peeler, who helped begin the program back in 2007, says expanding services has always been a dream.

Client Ashley Roy tells Local 6 the existing program saved her life.  She has been at Ladies Living Free for 5 months and will graduate in December.

"This will be the first thing I've actually completed since I was in high school," she proudly noted of her commitment.

While Roy will not be around to move into the Transitional House, contractors are hoping to have it constructed by the year's end. The house could be home to as many as 20 women early next year and has 3 large bedrooms (which will be equipped with bunk beds) and 2 bathrooms.

The $90,000 project was made possible through a generous donation from the Carson-Myre Foundation.  Lumber, plumbing, and electrical work have all been donated but donations are still needed.

Those looking to help are asked to call 270-448-0961.