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Good News Homes and RoseHaven Transitional Home for Women and Children announced a partnership Tuesday to transition assets and management of RoseHaven to Good News Homes by Jan. 1.
Both are charitable organizations furnishing transitional housing for local homeless families. The move to transition the work of RoseHaven to Good News is precipitated by the retirement of RoseHaven’s Executive Director, Betty Decker, who founded the organization 12 years ago as Center for Women in Crisis Inc., to serve women and children in crisis situations.
Two years later, Good News Homes organized as Good News Shelter Corporation to meet emergency housing needs for disadvantaged families in Oldham and Trimble counties. Both programs help families solve problems and regain self-sufficiency in a compassionate, Christian environment.
Allen J. Corbin, chairman of RoseHaven board, said Good News Homes is selected to continue the mission of RoseHaven because of its similar purpose, its Christian orientation, its professional staff and board and its standing among funding sources.
“After joint meetings between the two organizations, we are fully confident that Good News Homes will continue the services to women and children in crises started by Ray and Betty Decker, and which has been so graciously supported by this community over the years,” Corbin said.
Harold Smith, organizer and chairman of Good News from its inception, says his board, staff and volunteers are excited about the opportunity to carry on the work of RoseHaven.
“RoseHaven has provided a very valuable service to many struggling women during the past 12 years, and, with our involvement, the community will not lose the benefit of those services,” Smith said. “We want to be worthy stewards of the support and funding sources Betty has worked so hard to gain over the years, and on which we must continue to depend.”
Smith said he and his family have been friends of Ray and Betty Decker for years.
“We all wish them the best in their retirement, and commend them for their vision and dedication to RoseHaven,” he said.
According to Rose Boyd, executive director, Good News Homes currently has two transitional housing apartment buildings, one in La Grange and one in Bedford. Each building contains four three-bedroom apartments. By leasing additional houses, Good News Homes is presently able to provide temporary housing for 12 families.
RoseHaven can house four single mothers and their children in a group living environment in a La Grange home owned by RoseHaven.
The organization also owns a two-apartment home for permanent housing of graduates of the transitional program. Housing is provided by both organizations for temporary periods up to two years, during which time families pay a nominal utilities charge, are given family and budget counseling, and are assisted with finding employment, permanent housing, hope and self sufficiency.
Through a Kentucky Housing program known as Safe Havens, Good News also provides emergency housing subsidy vouchers for other homeless families.
Repair Affair, an annual event in Oldham and Trimble counties, which brings together volunteers to repair the homes of the elderly and disabled, is administered by Good News Homes.
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