Nonprofit Stories - Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky
Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is grateful for the many nonprofits that support and strengthen our community. We are actively reaching out to these organizations to listen to their stories in order to share them with you. This is an ongoing project that will cover many organizations across Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.
Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky
For many of us, extreme weather means griping to coworkers or fussing over which coat is most appropriate to wear.
For too many of our neighbors, extreme weather is a matter of life and death.
Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky first opened its doors in winter 2008, and offers life-saving and life-changing services to those who seek it from their building on Scott Street in Covington. The small team spends time with guests as they escape the summer heat and winter freeze. The guests are fed, offered laundry service, and other services as resources are available. Executive Director Kim Webb and Operations Manager Brittany Kane are also on hand to connect guests with other agencies that offer additional resources to build stability, and to support guests both through and out of "survival mode."
A descriptor for the building that shelters these neighbors could be spartan. One shower serves the 70 or so guests that come in each night, with an additional restroom for the men, and a restroom for the women that doubles as the staff restroom. Closets and shelves are spotted with clean clothes, yoga mats for makeshift beds, and other staples to meet the basic needs of guests.
This is the only emergency shelter in Northern Kentucky with no waiting list, and is the only that takes those who are actively addicted. It is also the only shelter that accepts direct referrals from local hospitals, jails, and police departments. The shelter works very hard to not turn away anyone in need who rings the doorbell.
In the summer months, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky also offers a more comprehensive transitional recovery program for men who are working toward self sufficiency through housing, income, and health. Serving approximately 100 men each year, the program sees a great number of them achieving their goals and moving on into housing or treatment.
Organizations like this do not have a large budget, and operate to meet guests where they are in life. Learn more about Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky at their website, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Or, give them a call and stop by with some cookies or blankets. The door is open.