Helping others help others

Published 2:19 pm Wednesday, August 4, 2021


News release

The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for families and communities through leadership development, volunteer service, and education. The organization was developed in cooperation with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

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Across the state, County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences work closely with KEHA members and clubs to provide educational programming and coordinate community activities.

In Boyle County, there is an active chapter of KEHA who serve our community in a variety of ways including donating a portion of their funds to other charities annually. Each year the Boyle County Extension Homemakers choose several charitable organizations to donate funds to support their mission. This year the organizations chosen included A Gathering Place, The Gladys Project, Freear’s Hope Foundation, Shepherd’s House and Isaiah House.

These organizations were selected through a simple application process that helps the Boyle County Extension Homemakers Charity Committee understand the need and purpose of each organization. Here’s a little background on each of the organizations selected this year.

A Gathering Place Senior Activity Center and Adult Day Health Care offers assistance in daily living, social interaction, nutritional support via on-site and home delivered meals, transportation assistance, as well as Adult Day Health Care services to adults with special needs. During normal pre-pandemic operations, A Gathering Place provided service to over 350 individuals annually. During the pandemic they provide 800 meals per week.

The Gladys Project is an organization that promotes early childhood literacy and learning. Their vision is that all Gladys Project children will begin school with the basic skills required for early learning success. In 2020, they served 40 families in Boyle County.

Freear’s Hope Foundation has assisted cancer patients with financial support since 2011. They have provided 154 direct patient donations to date.

The Shepherd’s House provides housing, drug and alcohol treatment, and community re-entry services for individuals in recovery. Over 100 individuals from Boyle County have utilized these services.

The Isaiah House Real Hope Behavioral Health helps people in recovery restore their lives by providing resources to overcome addiction. This organization has helped over 100 individuals regain their independence.

The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) welcomes members regardless age, race, color, national origin, creed, marital status, gender, education or economic status. Any full or part-time homemaker, male or female, rural or urban, teenager or senior citizen and in-between, may belong to KEHA.

If you are interested in joining or starting an Extension Homemakers Club in your neighborhood or community, please contact your County Cooperative Extension Office. The Family Consumer Sciences Education Agent will provide information about current clubs and programs, as well as guidance in establishing new clubs.

The Boyle County Extension Homemakers would like to thank all organizations who applied for and those who received funding. We appreciate what you do in our community, for our community.