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A McCracken County based program aimed at combating domestic violence received two grants totaling $750,000 dollars Monday. Governor Matt Bevin presented the Merryman House in Paducah with a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 to go towards their capital campaign.

After months of fundraising, Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center will purchase and expand into the former McCracken County School Board property in Paducah. 

The nonprofit is partnering with regional behavioral health care provider Mountain Comprehensive Care to finance the deal.

The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation to help furnish the Paducah nonprofit’s soon-to-be new home. Merryman House plans to buy the old McCracken County Board of Education campus next year if the group can raise enough funds.

Leadership Paducah recently made a record $42,200 donation to the Merryman House to go towards building an expanded campus and services. Director Mary Foley said "I was so unbelievably caught off guard. I'm not sure what I expected, but that exceeded my expectations." She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the gift, the progress on their new building and new opportunities to connect with the community.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet will distribute $2 million to organizations across the state to support survivors of domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

If you received a new cell phone for the holidays, you can turn your old one over to the Paducah Police Department to help victims of domestic violence.

The PPD has partnered with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program. HopeLine refurbishes devices to provide support to domestic violence victims in the form of free phones and cash grants.

Merryman House Reaches Out to End Domestic Abuse

Sep 6, 2013

Merryman House Executive Director Mary Foley heads up a team offering residency and outreach services to meet the needs of victims of intimate partner abuse and their dependents as they strive to live free of violence in their home. It’s not unimaginable and Kate Lochte find out more with Foley on Sounds Good. The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center was founded in Paducah in 1978 by a group of volunteers committed to ending domestic violence in the community. See more at

Human Rights Commission Honors Habitat for Humanity

Apr 13, 2012

In Paducah, the Human Rights Commission paid tribute to fair housing practices in the area by honoring Habitat for Humanity and the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center with Fair Housing Awards on Thursday.  Casey Northcutt  provides a quick update on the efforts in Paducah to build homes for low-income families.

Homes have sprung up around the area as part of a citywide effort to provide housing to all segments of the population.

Afternoon Round-Up 4/12/12

Apr 12, 2012
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Today on NPR: New research shows that first-graders and baboons have at least one thing in common.

State Governments:

Kentucky House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a massive road construction plan.

Local Non-Profits Recognized for Service

Apr 12, 2012

Two local non-profit organizations received recognition during the 15th annual Fair Housing Luncheon in Paducah Wednesday. The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center and Habitat for Humanity both received plaques for their efforts to provide housing for citizens in need. The Paducah Human Rights Commission and the City of Paducah hosted the event. The audience included legislators, police officers and non-profit managers, a mixture that impressed Merryman House Assistant Director Dawn York.