New center in Owensboro opens to help families

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) There are many western Kentucky agencies helping families through tough times, but few places where they can learn about all that assistance at once.

A new Owensboro center is opening to fill that need with help from a major charitable group.

“We saw so many resources that were available to children and families in this community,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities.

To help families through the worst of times, a new place where all those resources can be discovered in one spot opens.

“We really felt like we needed to find a way to really collaborate, work together, and offer those services in a single location,” says Erica Wade, Director of The Center.

The center is a centralized resource center, which opened at the old Cigar Factory Mall on Walnut Street. It offers a central place for organizations to share resources, and it has safe places for court supervised visits. Wade says it allows for unique help for individual cases.

“We really want to come at it from a wide variety of angles to make sure we are making sure we’re meeting the needs of each and every family. There’s no cookie cutter solution for this. We really have to offer a wrap around,” she says. Kosair Charities donated $100,000 this morning.

“This is the right model and they’ll be able to help hundreds and hundreds of children,” says Inman. He also says he wants to see more centers like Owensboro’s in other parts of Kentucky to get help to families who need it quicker.

“When a family in that crisis, when children are in trouble, the system is so complicated, and to have one organization that can cut through the mess, get people to point A to point B to point C, because at the end of the day, it’s an urgent situation,” says Inman.

Inman also says they’ll take a look at the data and the impact The Center is making in the community to determine how much of a difference the donation makes.

The Center’s first resource fair is scheduled for November 21st.

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(This story was originally published on October 21, 2019)

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