Homeless women can find useful resources at a new day shelter in downtown Louisville. | Courtesy of Gallivant Photography

Louisville now has a day shelter for women who are homeless or on the edge of becoming so.

The shelter, which is downtown at Christ Church Cathedral, is designed to be a safe and welcoming place for those who need it, said Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless.

“Women can meet immediate needs, including food, showers and laundry, while working with a case manager on longterm goals like housing, education and employment,” Harris said in a news release. “We are so happy to see this new center open its doors.”

Mayor Greg Fischer, second from right, was among those who attended a ribbon cutting for the shelter. Others, left to right, included Misty Cruse, Barbara Sexton Smith, Amy Schutz, Andrea Scott and Nicole Yates. | Courtesy of Gallivant Photography

The shelter, which also serves children, is a project of Uniting Partners (UP) for Women and Children. It came to fruition with support from Women4Women, the Coalition for the Homeless, Louisville Metro Government, the Ignite Louisville leadership development program and others.

Mayor Greg Fischer attended a recent ribbon cutting for the shelter, which is the city’s first day shelter for women.

The facility, located at 425 S. Second St., provides a place to rest, build community, gain access to a phone and mailing address, and take life-skills classes. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

This is “a safe, reliable and supportive space that offers comprehensive services,” said UP for Women and Children co-founder Amy Schutz in the release. “By working with additional service providers, we adequately link women, children and families to vital support and resources that they need to be empowered.”

Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.


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