Grant Application Entries
107 N. Court St.
Georgetown, Kentucky 40324
Elizabeth’s Village is a non-profit organization that works with women and children in Scott County, Kentucky who are struggling with homelessness, poverty, and most recently added, domestic violence. As we enter our eleventh year as an organization, we are proud of the programming that we have offered and are still offering, while eagerly looking towards the future and the needs we want to meet. Our Transitional Home for women and children has been our main program for the majority of our history. We can house eight residents at one time in our home. Our home provides long term transitional housing for single women and women with children who have found themselves homeless for various reasons. While in our home, the women are encouraged to make progress towards becoming self-sufficient through a holistic approach. Instead of viewing homelessness as a black and white subject with a single contributing factor, we see that there are always many underlying causes to a person becoming homeless. In response to this, we offer a variety of resources that aid the women in their growth as a whole person. Some examples of the resources we offer include a case manager, financial literacy, grief recovery, cooking classes, support groups, mentors, and one on one tutoring. In addition to these resources, we also offer an After School program for our children, both current and graduated.
In September 2018 we opened our Homelessness Prevention Outreach Program (HPOP). This program was created in response to the many calls we receive from women and children who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Until this program began, those who called were referred out with little direction and we were unable to assist. Because of this, we felt that our hands were tied and we had to wait until they reached the point of homelessness in order to provide assistance. Now, HPOP can work with up to fifteen clients at a time, providing case management and support services to women and children to prevent homelessness from occurring and maintain permanent housing. By providing this service, we are eliminating some of the need for our own Transitional Home, which has a waiting list year-round and is consistently full.
Last year, with the assistance of the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, Elizabeth’s Village was able to secure an office space that is in downtown Georgetown that better fit the needs of our rapidly growing program. There were many reasons that we decided to make this move and felt confident that this was the best for our organization. First, our previous office location was on the fourth floor of a large, pre-existing church that did not give us any visibility or accessibility to our community. We frequently had phone calls from individuals who are coming by and unable to locate us. If they are able to pin down our location, we are four floors above and the doors stay locked for the church’s security. Appointments were sometimes even be difficult with these barriers, despite the pre-planned meeting time. This is certainly not how we wanted clients, volunteers, and/or donors to feel when they are reaching out to us. Our organization works to create a welcoming culture that individuals can turn to, and this divide was creating obstacles for us to do this. Our staff wants individuals to feel they can drop by when they are having a hard time, need to check in, want an update, or just need a safe space to be. Lastly, since opening our Outreach Program the number of walk-ins had only increased, leaving us feeling like moving to a new office was our only option to make our program successful.
Since opening, we have seen an increase in walk-ins not only from clients in need of services, but also from donors, graduates of our programs, volunteers, customers seeking our Elizabeth’s Village products, community service members such as law enforcement, and visitors in general. Our purple door has become a symbol in our community and we are thrilled to be a place people are familiar with and comfortable walking in to. We feel that we are meeting our goals of being approachable, safe, and easy to access. Also, since opening our office, we have begun a new program within our office. The Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocacy Program was started thanks to federal funding from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). We now have a full-time advocate in our office available to assist women and children who are struggling with homelessness and poverty in addition to their domestic violence. This means that we now have another staff member working out of our office and more walk-ins and consistent clients utilizing our office. This new program is, once again, demanding more space in order to function properly.
At the beginning of this year, the opportunity to expand our office to the space directly next door presented itself. The business that was operating out of the space closed down and the landlord offered us the space. At one time, the two spaces were one and had been divided by walling over an existing doorway. They offered to allow us to take out that division and have one big space. Looking at our growth and knowing that we want to continue to keep expanding, we accepted the offer. This additional space will allow us to grow in place and prevent us from having to change locations in the near future. We are happy with this for many reasons, the main one being that we feel we’ve established roots where we are and established the location as ours, so we do not wish to move addresses if we don’t need to anytime soon. We want that downtown purple door to continue to symbolize a space for people to come and know they are cared for, right where we are.
The funds requested will be used to purchase furniture for the expanded portion of the office. This furniture will be used for meetings and conversations with individuals through the Outreach Program and Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocacy clients. The furniture will include: love-seat for the welcome area, desk chairs, an intern desk, two light fixtures, and bathroom necessities such as a towel rack and toilet paper holder. Our goal is to create a space where individuals feel comfortable, warm, and safe. The furniture that we will chose will be appropriate for all body types and welcoming for any person to sit and feel at home. Also, while choosing our furniture, we are looking for multi-function, kid-friendly, and long-standing furniture that we can depend on for years to come.
The start date for this project will be September 01, 2020 with the goal of completing by October 01, 2020. The funds will be used to buy furniture for the expanded office that will allow us to meet more goals and create more of a presence in our community. The furniture will provide a safe, comfortable space for people to come when they are in need of solace and safety. Our new Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocacy program in particular will flourish with the ability to accept more walk-in clients and to have space to receive women needing somewhere to fall. The additional space will also allow for increased privacy, giving clients and staff more space to spread out and create their own areas of work. In addition to furniture, we are requesting closet organization materials and a small stacked washer and dryer combo. We believe having these items will help us provide yet another service for our women. We have times when we are asked if we can help clean a set of clothes or launder items that have been over used and we have to say no. We have the space in the new office expansion to add this really helpful service.
Elizabeth’s Village serves the Scott County community primarily but does serve individuals from surrounding counties when the need arises. The Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocacy program, which is the focus of this funding request, serves exclusively Scott County residents who are at imminent risk of losing housing in Scott County and in need of resources in response to a domestic violence situation. Elizabeth’s Village serves a wide variety of people from different cultures, racial backgrounds, and ethnicity. We do not discriminate our services.
There are 5 full time staff members. There are 30 volunteers. Typically, 2-3 interns per semester.
To maintain the programming at our Transitional Home that works to transition homeless women and children into permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
To grow the Outreach Program that serves women and children at imminent risk of homelessness to prevent homelessness and displacement.
To pour love, build confidence, and enhance education through our After School program at our Transitional Home.
To grow and build a strong domestic violence victim's advocacy program that meets the needs of women and children here in the community.
To open a domestic violence shelter to serve a population of women and children that are not currently being served in Scott County, by 2021.
To empower women to be independent and self-sufficient in their lives.
The Elizabeth’s Village is a non-profit that has been serving our community for almost eleven years, but had never been able to reach folks where they are by having a location that is reachable and open like the office we have now. By funding an expansion, Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation will be providing an opportunity to enlarge and broaden not only the number of individuals who will be served, but the quality of which we can serve. Our office will allow for individuals to come as they are, when they need us to seek services that they are need of. The poor and unfortunate individuals that Kentucky Social Welfare feels passionate about will be able to access our existing programs on a larger scale that is more effective and efficient.
Over the past few years, Elizabeth’s Village has been taking many steps to begin serving women and children who are experiencing domestic violence. We completed a feasibility study with a local consultant that revealed that not only does Scott County have a major issue with domestic violence, there are no programs that currently serve domestic violence victim’s in our community. After doing research, conducting interviews, and building up partnerships, Elizabeth’s Village decided that we are the non-profit that should move forward with the goal of serving this unique population within our county. Long term, we will be constructing and opening a domestic violence shelter. We did not, however, want to wait to begin serving women and children until such a large, long term goal was met. In the meantime, we decided we would apply for funding and advocate for a domestic violence victim’s advocate so we could start our work in the community now. Since hiring this position, we have seen women and children come to us in true need of this service. We believe that this is a successful program, however we are now running out of room in our office. We cannot add anymore programming or staff without expanding. To be offered such a well-timed expansion, we feel extremely blessed by this opportunity to expand right where we are.
There is a Victim’s Advocate through the Georgetown Police Department.
The Victim’s Advocate through the Georgetown Police Department does not focus on domestic violence only, and in fact seeks out our advocate when she cannot see all the clients who are reaching out to her. We are also the only program removed from law enforcement, which is significantly different in the eyes of a victim reaching out for assistance. In some scenarios, women see speaking with law enforcement of any kind as a barrier or threat to their ability to leave their dangerous situation, whether that is truth or not.
Elizabeth’s Village is continually collecting data and monitoring all aspects of our organization. We expect to see a rise in walk-in clients, DV Advocacy clients, and volunteer interests. The funds that are being requested will aid in creating the experience that we strive to create of a welcome, loving place that is available to serve women and children in need.
The items that will be purchased with the funds requested are going to be thoroughly researched and carefully chosen. The items will need to be items that are quality, sturdy items that will last the day to day environment of a non-profit that is welcoming folks in and out of the door. The items will also be chosen according to their ease of repair. Desks and chairs that are more common and can use common tools and parts to fix will be chosen over unique, different items that would require more expertise.
We do not charge for our services.
11% of the budget is used for fundraising.
50% of our budget is used for administrative costs.
Elizabeth's Village has been granted funds once before. In 2019 Kentucky Social Welfare helped fund the establishment of our downtown office. We received $2,500 for furniture to furnish the office. Once the office was furnished, we had funded leftover. We emailed and requested the remaining funds be used for miscellaneous supplies such as paint, toilet paper, cleaners, etc. That was granted and we used the rest of the funding. The office, as stated above, has helped us grow our programming and reach the community at a new level than we were able to before.