“There’s a Place for You”

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Vision for the Future


Today, Merryman House seeks to create a new shelter, a campus of service and hope, for survivors of domestic violence. The rolling green campus offers 26 acres for Merryman House and complementary programs of other non profits. For Merryman House, the campus includes a 36-bed emergency shelter, a central administration/counseling and dining area, and an outreach and counseling services building. Recognizing the budgetary impact of the new campus, our plans for program sustainability include the development of the property to generate added income streams for Merryman House.

Our vision offers a fresh collaborative approach in working with survivors of domestic abuse. Our partnership with Mountain Comprehensive Care will add resources and services in areas like substance abuse and mental health. In addition, this new partnership has potential for generating income to sustain campus operations for Merryman House, and offer jobs for residents.

The Merryman House has been privileged to serve Paducah and the surrounding counties (Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken) for nearly forty years. It has been our mission, purpose, and passion to answer the calls for help, assist victims find a refuge from risk of death and serious physical injury, provide food and shelter, support them in court, and help them become financially stable and visibly strong. We now look to our community to join with us to continue the mission.

Together we can create a place for them. There’s a place for you to Save, Build, Change Lives… one life at a time.



Capital Campaign Key Facts

With this project, we hope to be a model for the state and possibility the nation for care of survivors of domestic violence.


  • 1 in 3 people have been affected by Domestic Violence in the US
  • Kentucky is 11th in the nation for people affected by IPV (Intimate Partner Violence)
  • Merryman House is the state identified shelter for the 8 county region (Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken), but we are without the required resources to serve it
  • We have a waiting list for shelter services, maintenance on the current shelter is extremely difficult to manage and we are significantly understaffed to provide the excellence in care our clients deserve
  • The Merryman House Board wants to purchase a 26 acre property from the McCracken County School Board
  • We would renovate the current buildings to house:
    • 36 bed shelter complete with kitchenettes and common areas (we only have 24 beds now)
    • Outreach offices to provide financial, legal or health advocacy services
    • Administration Building with a commercial kitchen, library, conference rooms and a multipurpose room for large gatherings
  • Merryman House has kicked off the quiet phase of a $3.7 million dollar capital campaign
  • Requests for funding of this vision are being sent out and already over 50% of goal has been met
  • Capital Campaign leadership is in place to complete the funding goal
  • Mountain Comprehensive Care has agreed to purchase half the property to provide substance abuse and mental health services to the Purchase Region
  • Revenue streams from partners who also provide services to women, children and men on our campus
  • Revenue stream by providing a feeding program on campus to those partners

A Capital Campaign Creating A Campus To Ensure That…

“There’s a Place for You”


Close your eyes and picture a line of women waiting at the grocery store checkout or the women’s restroom line at a concert. Now, think about 1 in 3 of these women having experienced sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner and reported significant short or long-term impact to their overall wellbeing. That means at least one woman in that line has experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) that has led to life altering effects.

Domestic violence is dangerous and destructive to those who are directly or indirectly affected by it. Kentucky is 11th in the nation in terms of the number of those experiencing intimate partner violence. The need to aid these victims is real and the vision is clear. For McCracken County and the seven surrounding counties (Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman and Marshall), the Merryman House offers that aid.

Since 1978, Merryman House has extended its arms to serve victims of domestic violence. Each year, over 700 women, men and children who seek refuge, comfort and healing through our 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter, the outreach offices and comprehensive programs on how to escape violence, find safety and move forward with their lives. After almost 40 years of service, Merryman House has established record of success, and is identified by state leaders as a center of excellence and a model for the 14 other domestic violence center across Kentucky and the region.

But the demand for help is increasing! Nearly 2,500 victims of domestic violence in Kentucky were turned away last year, including countless individuals in Western Kentucky. These survivors deserve to live a life free from violence, and in a place that offers professional support and the therapeutic environment needed to heal.



Board of Directors

Merryman Kemp, Founder

Cindy Dobrzynski, Chair

Crystal Reid, Immediate Past Chair

Sarah Suitor, Vice Chair

Kelly Scruggs, Treasurer

Michelle Neiswender, Secretary

Whitney Riley, Member-At-Large

Whitney Jones

Charles Taylor

Sarah McGee

Judy Payne

Angela Copeland

Bob Bloomingburg

Capital Campaign Leadership
Founding Circle

Merryman Kemp



Charles Taylor

Randy Fox


Honorary Chairs

Meredith Schreoder

Gerry Montgomery

Billy Harper



Merryman Kemp


Campaign Committee

Crystal Reid

Judy Payne

Kelly Scruggs

Janet Jones

Bob Bloomingburg

Angela Copeland

Bill Ford



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