A place to call home: homeless coalition shows off new space

Published 1:33 pm Friday, April 15, 2022

The Clark County Homeless Coalition recently moved into its permanent office home and recently had the chance to show off its new space.

CCHC and the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast open house on Tuesday so the public could tour the space located at 275 Lexington Ave.

The organization moved in on March 17.

“It has taken us a little to get settled in and where we were ready for the general public,” CCHC’s executive director, Terry Davidson, said with a chuckle.

The building has ample office space for the organization’s staff, a kitchen, and a configurable room for meeting or classroom settings.

Case manager Melissa Craft said the new building is a blessing.

“It’s great. We can stay organized. Our residents don’t have to break off and be crowded while waiting for us. We’ve got a nice kitchen where we can prepare their meals,” she said.

According to the organization’s website, it “works to provide a supportive atmosphere where accountability and compassion go hand in hand” and “partner with many other agencies and organizations to provide a broad base of services to effectively meet the needs of our clients.”

The organization casts a wide net in its attempts to help the homeless.

“We don’t care where they have been or what their religion is; we don’t care what their faith is or what sex they identify as; we don’t care what race they are. We are here to help people,” Davidson said.

Getting the building constructed after ground was broken for it in July 2020 proved to be more difficult than initially thought.

“It has been a long haul. COVID took its toll,” Davidson said.

The global pandemic’s logistical and economic side effects caused construction to halt at different points in the project.

But now that the building is here, it fulfills a vital part of the organization’s strategic plan.

“We had been planning on having our own office space because we had been previously renting, and the building we had been renting space in had been for sale for years,” Davidson said. “Over the last three years, we have grown massively, and our staff has tripled. We simply had no place to put people.”

To learn more about the Clark County Homeless Coalition, visit its website at www.helphomelessfamilies.org. or call 859-744-8733. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.