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Voices of Gratitude

Voices of Gratitude

Voices of GratitudeIt takes a lot of people and organizations to Save, Build, and Change Lives. That's why we want to take the opportunity this Thanksgiving to show appreciation for the many partners who help serve individuals and families as they recover from...

Thank you for a New Place to Save, Build, and Change Lives

Thank you for a New Place to Save, Build, and Change Lives

Thank you for a New Place to Save, Build, and Change Lives In July of 2015, Merryman House embarked upon a new journey to help Save, Build, and Change even more lives in western Kentucky. And in July 2019, generous friends and supporters helped complete it. This...

The Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

The Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

The Warning Signs of Domestic ViolenceDoes your partner control your social life and your finances? Does he or she humiliate you in front of your family or friends?  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Whether you’re in a harmful relationship or you’re...

Save, Build, and Change Lives at the Lone Star Rodeo!

Save, Build, and Change Lives at the Lone Star Rodeo!

Save, Build, and Change Lives at the Lone Star Rodeo!This weekend, Carson Park will be full of bucking broncos, clowns, cowboys, cowgirls, and families ready to make memories at the Lone Star Rodeo! The Lone Star Rodeo Company is staging a rodeo September 6 and 7 as a...

The Vital Role of Volunteers

The Vital Role of Volunteers

The Vital Role of VolunteersIn the past year, the Merryman House has served 53 men, 910 women, and 117 children. We have fielded 610 domestic violence calls and hosted 6,449 in-person individual and group counseling sessions. And, we couldn’t have done any of it...

Traumatized Children Find Healing at Camp BRAVEHEART

Traumatized Children Find Healing at Camp BRAVEHEART

Traumatized Children Find Healing at Camp BRAVEHEART Abuse is difficult enough to handle as an adult. The confusion, fear, and trauma associated with it can become overwhelming. Yet, it’s even harder to process as a child—when your ability to handle...

Frequently Asked Community Questions

What Merryman House Wants You To Know

How Can I Volunteer?

If you’re interested in volunteering, go to our Get Involved page to learn about our volunteering options. Once you have an idea of how you would like to help, please fill out the  Volunteer Form to get started.

From there, our Community Engagement Ambassador will be in touch!

How Can Our Church Get Involved?

Churches can get involved in so many ways. Please visit our Spiritual Enrichment Program page and our Get Involved page.

Are You Hiring?

Merryman House employees are employed through Cornerstone of Hope, Inc. To view current open positions, visit Indeed: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Cornerstone-of-Hope,-Inc./jobs. 

Do You Accept Donations?

We do accept donations on an as-needed basis. Our most common needs are women’s underwear, socks, jogging pants, T-shirts and sports bras. These are given to survivors when they come into the shelter. Many times they have nothing but the clothes on their back, and we want to offer them clean, comfortable clothing to wear.

Other needs include: Pre-packaged breakfast foods, white twin sheets, towels and washcloths, and new pillows. We also post about tangible needs on our Giving page and on our Facebook group, Help Needed at the Merryman House.

Please call our Facilities Coordinator for more information or to have a donation approved at (270) 816-3862.

How Can The Community Support Survivors In Their Efforts To Achieve Housing Stability?

There are a variety of ways that members of the community can assist us in our goal of ensuring that survivors have safe and sustainable housing.

  • Donations of Furniture, Cookware and other Household Items: Most victims exiting our Emergency Shelter do not have standard household items or furnishings such as mattresses, linens and cookware. The Merryman House assists clients with locating these items largely
    through other community service agencies or donations. If you or someone you know is interested in donating needed household items for survivors, please contact our Facilities Coordinator for more information at (270) 816-3862.
  • Landlord Partnerships: Survivors of domestic violence frequently have barriers to obtaining housing that are the direct results of the abuse they experienced such as poor rental history
    stemming from noise complaints, damage to the unit, etc. This can cause significant challenges in identifying property owners that will not screen victims out of their rental properties. Landlords interested in working with the Merryman House and survivors of domestic violence should contact the agency for more information.
  • Financial Assistance: There are many circumstances in which clients need financial assistance in order to obtain or sustain housing that they are unable to receive through community service agencies or certain rental assistance programs. Cash donations dedicated to housing assistance often provide survivors the funds necessary to stabilize their housing.

Where Can I Find Information on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse or of Vulnerable Adults?

Frequently Asked Survivor Questions

What Merryman House Wants You To Know

Do You Serve Men?

Yes, we serve victims of intimate partner violence without regard to age, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, immigration status, language, income, referral source, health, disability or marital status.

What if I Need One of Your Services but Not All?

We are here to help you meet your goals. You are the expert on you. You will be assigned a case manager who will make sure you’re connected to the right resources for you without ones you don’t need. Recovery is not a one size fits all.

What Happens When I Get to MHDCC?

We recognize that coming to the MHDCC for residential or outreach services may be one of the most difficult decisions you make. When you arrive, we are here to assess how to help you best. You will meet with an advocate who will listen to your story and then create an individualized plan to meet your specific needs.

We want to help you find advocacy, empowerment and transformation through compassion, dignity and courage.

Will I Have to Share a Room if I Come into Emergency Shelter?

Yes. The following will be taken into consideration during room assignments: gender identity, disabilities, animal allergies, and special needs. In most instances, we are able to keep families together in one room.

Where Can I Find Information on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse or of Vulnerable Adults?

Do You Report Survivors Who are Undocumented?

Merryman House recognizes that non-citizens face barriers to accessing community services. These barriers include, but are not limited to, fear of being reported to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), fear of the abuser being reported, and fear of the abuser and/or victim being removed from the United States. Merryman House does not report the immigration status of an individual to any government agency without the client’s permission.

What Type Of Mental Health Services Do You Offer?

MHDCC offers mental health services to adults who are victims of Intimate Partner Violence. The individual does not have to have an assigned advocate to see a therapist. Services include one-on-one therapy with individualized treatment plans, educational groups and workshops. Those interested in seeking mental health services can contact MHDCC by phone and complete a referral form and the individual will be contacted by phone to schedule an intake – other professionals can refer individuals similarly. We are currently unable to offer: services to minors, court-ordered assessments/evaluations, or medication management. We can connect you with other providers if you are in need of services not offered by MHDCC.

How Does The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center Assist Survivors With Housing Placement and Stability?

The Merryman House begins the process of housing counseling and services with a thorough assessment of the client’s financial situation, review of their housing preferences and evaluation of the barriers that could prevent a client from succeeding in obtaining and keeping housing. After considering these factors, Housing Counselors work with clients to create an Action Plan that includes their housing goal and the steps needed to remove the barriers standing in their way.

How Does MHDCC Help Me Rebuild My Life Financially?

We understand that money is the No. 1 reason victims stay in an abusive relationship. We want to empower you to rebuild your life – as well as your credit. Our self-sufficiency programs are designed to help you remove obstacles such as poor credit, transportation, lack of education and more.

Contact Us

Whether you are a survivor in need of support or a donor looking to join our mission, there is a place for you here!

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PO Box 98
Paducah, KY 42002


Phone: 800-585-2686

TTY: 270-226-1149

Hotline is answered 24/7/365.

Translation services are provided as needed. All services are free and confidential.

GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency 2023

Merryman House provides services for survivors of intimate partner violence without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed services, political belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or other health status, social or economic status, non-violent criminal history, citizenship, immigration status, marital status, or language spoken.

Services provided in part or fully by federal, state, and local funds. This project is also funded in whole or in part under a contract with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, contract #C-05199666, subcontracted with the Merryman House, subcontract #21H. Additionally, support comes from Grant #H-00141 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the U.S. Department of Justice. The content expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet or the U.S. Department of Justice.


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