In October of 2009 several members of the community began conversation about the need for a homeless shelter in Scott County, Kentucky. From that conversation, The Scott County Homeless Coalition was formed to establish a network of community leaders who are interested and committed to the issue. The Scott County homeless Coalition includes the Mayor of Georgetown, KY, a member of the Planning and Zoning, members of local faith communities and agencies. Our first meeting was November 2, 2009 at Georgetown Baptist Church.
On December 10, 2009, The Board of Directors for Scott United Ministries voted to approve Hospitality House and accepted it under its umbrella, giving it not-for-profit status. This also enables Hospitality House to serve as a sister organization for the Amen House which provides emergency food, shelter, clothing and more for the under-priviledged in our community.
The Advisory Board for Hospitality House began meeting every two weeks on January 14, 2010 to establish policies, strategic plans, fundraising plans and discuss housing options. The Advisory Board plans to meet bi-monthly through the month of May at which time it will establish an alternate meeting schedule.
During an Advisory Board retreat held Tuesday, February 23, 2010 the Advisory Board developed a strategic plan and set goals to provide services to the homeless, raise funds and close on a property.
During February, The Scott United Ministries Board of Directors also approved a plan to search for one property which would accommodate the needs of The Amen House and Hospitality House, thus providing the community with one location where all their emergency needs can be met.
March 1, 2010 Stacey Cruse, Director for Hospitality House began exploration of possible grant monies. Fundraising in local churches, and through community organizations also began. In January 2013, the Elizabeth Place was opened as a transitional home for women and children.
In September 2015, Kandice Whitehouse became the new Executive Director for the Scott County Hospitality House. Kandice has worked diligently to form new community partnerships for SCHH.
The staff and Board of Directors of the Scott County Hospitality House continue to assess the needs of the community as we look ahead to the future growth of SCHH.
There is a growing need for transitional and emergency housing here in Scott County, Kentucky, and we are making every effort to meet those needs in a respectful and dignifying manner. We depend not only on financial support from the community but will rely heavily on volunteer support, especially as we get into our own facility. The Scott County/Georgetown Community is very committed to meeting these needs.
For further information / Questions / Volunteer Opportunities / Donations Director, Hospitality House, Kandice Whitehouse 502.542.0815 Email Kandice
Your Tax Deductible Donations Can be sent to: Scott County Hospitality House, Inc attn: Kandice Whitehouse 207 S. Hamilton St. Georgetown, KY 40324