Mayfield Lighthouse needs help renovating

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Reporter- Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MAYFIELD, Ky. - New developments involving one group's efforts to renovate part of its facility.

The Lighthouse in Mayfield, Kentucky provides support and care for women and children, and needs additional space to house people.

Since our story, the organization has received $900 in cash donations to renovate an apartment on their property.

Not only that, the Graves County-Mayfield High School electrician students are volunteering their time and expertise in re-wiring the unit.

Others have offered their time.  89-year-old Larry Kogler of Wingo, Kentucky worked in the apartment Tuesday.  He's pictured above.  Lighthouse officials say Kogler told them he said he just wanted to be useful.

Earlier story:

MAYFIELD, Ky. - A place known for helping women and children out of abusive and hopeless situations needs a little help of its own. The Mayfield Lighthouse is always full, and as a result, the director is turning women away. But there is hope of a solution.

"We do have some families here right now that could move into a transitional apartment, but we don't have the space right now, said Shanna Bradley, Director of The Lighthouse. Actually, they do have a little extra space available, but it's in desperate need of repairs. 

On the grounds of the Lighthouse facilities is a separate building that is divided into two apartments. They serve as an "intermediate" living place for families who have met the requirements at the main building, but are not completely prepared to live fully independent. 

One of the apartments is currently occupied, but the other one needs a total renovation. Volunteer Faye Jones said she's seen what a difference the current apartment can make for a family and knows having a second place will do the same.

"So these moms don't think 'oh my goodness when my time here is up where do I go?' I'm back homeless again," she said.

The donation dependent facility is used to asking for donations, but hasn't ever asked for anything on this scale. Bradley and Jones are asking for all of the materials and manpower needed to turn the space into a livable home.  

Mayfield’s Lowes Home Improvement has already offered to help. Through a charitable community service project called the Hero Project. Lowes has contributed $1,200 in materials and volunteer labor. Brian Davis from Arnett Decorating has donated the kitchen cabinets, counter top, and vinyl flooring for the kitchen.

This list is a basic idea of everything that is needed for the makeover, with the exception of furniture.
 
If you would like to help, you can contact the Lighthouse at (270) 247-9226 and speak with Bradley. Volunteers would like to start on the project as soon as possible.

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