Adopt A Backpack Program Needs Donations

Good way to help out a kid throughout the school year if you’ve got some extra monies laying around. Maybe get a group together to support a child for the school year. $100 will help feed a Warren County student throughout the entire school year. Food will be sent with them for home and the weekends. So many children are only able to eat at school each week. Money can be donated to Hope House Ministries to help out:

Next Meeting

The upcoming South Central Kentucky Coalition on Homelessness meeting will take place this Tuesday, the 13th, at 9AM at the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships.  This meeting will be with the Housing Coalition of Bowling Green! See ya there! 

Upcoming Poverty Simulation-Volunteers Needed

Community Action of Southern Kentucky will host a Poverty Simulation on August 1, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:30

for the Warren Central High School staff and will be located at Rivendell.  Volunteers are needed, please see below:

The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.
In the simulation, 44 to 80 participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty.

Some families are newly unemployed, some are recently deserted by the “breadwinner,” some are homeless, and others are recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, formerly AFDC), either with or without additional earned income. Still others are senior citizens receiving Disability or Retirement or grandparents raising their grandchildren. The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.”

The simulation is conducted in a large room with the “families” seated in groups in the center. Around the perimeter are tables representing community resources and services for the families. These services include a bank, super center, Community Action Agency, employer, utility company, pawn broker, grocery, social service agency, faith-based agency, payday and title loan facility, mortgage company, school, and child care center.
Volunteers, are recruited to staff the resource tables. Volunteers are also recruited to assume the roles of police officer and an “illegal activities” person.

The experience lasts from two and a half to three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their feelings and experiences and talk about what they have learned about the lives of people in poverty.


Persons recruited as volunteer staffers are asked to think about the role they might like to fill. Staffers may have had personal experiences that enable them to be especially effective in portraying a given role. Realistic portrayals contribute greatly to the success of the experience. A description of the staffer roles is attached.

We are in need of 25 volunteers to staff the simulation. If you, or someone you know, are interested, please email Frances at or by calling 270-782-3162 weekdays from 8-4:30.

Volunteer Staffers should plan to arrive at 10:30 for training and set up. Lunch will be served at 11:30. From 12:00 – 1:00 you may study your staffer packets, ask questions and prepare for the simulation.

The simulation should end around 2:30, and we will have a discussion  allowing participants and volunteer staffers to share their experiences.

I sincerely hope that you will be a part of this experience. Participants and volunteer staffers gain a better understanding of poverty in our community. You won’t be disappointed.


K-Count Results

The 2013 K-Count Results are available. Thanks to everyone that helped in the BRADD area and across the state to make this a successful year for the Point in Time Count. We will begin organizing for next years count in November, if you are interested in helping spread the word and get volunteers organized, please let us know.

Great Opportunity

Here’s a great opportunity to help out HOTEL INC!!!!

Dear Friend of HOTEL INC,

Sun Suites Salon & Spa are having a day of giving to HOTEL INC! Call 782-9333 to schedule your appointment for Monday, March 25th.  All proceeds will be donated to HOTEL INC to help support our 8 programs.

So call your friends and enjoy some pampering….

Haircut – suggested donation $20

1 hour Swedish Massage – suggested donation $50

Manicure – suggested donation $25

Pedicure – suggested donation $45

Thank you for your support of HOTEL INC.

Be sure to “Like” our Facebook pages:

HOTEL INC and the Food for All Community Garden

Call 270-782-9333 to make an appointment!

Next Meeting

The March meeting was a huge success!  Thanks to Lee Alcott from Barren River Area Safe Space for speaking with us about the Kentucky Continuum of Care!  The next meeting will be held Tuesday April 9th at 9:00AM at the WKU ALIVE Center.  Hope to see you there!