OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A Western Kentucky non-profit will soon be able to support more sexual assault survivors.
The executive director of New Beginnings in Owensboro says since the culture surrounding sexual assault has shifted with the “Me Too” movement, they have been overwhelmed with callers asking for help. The organization served over 500 clients last year in Henderson, Ohio and Daviess counties.
That is why they have decided to expand.
That expansion will happen in the back of the building. The executive director says they’re only adding about 700 square feet. But she says that’s just what they need.
That 700 square feet will add only three offices and cost about $80,000.
“Being able to expand in just that capacity is huge for us because I think it’s going to give us exactly what we need to be able to serve our community," Karla Ward the executive director of New Beginnings said.
And because of the ever growing need, New Beginnings is also applying for a federal grant to help hire another full time therapist.
Ward shares these additions will allow them to expand their services, including starting the green dot program at a younger age.
“Starting in that kindergarten level and letting them know what good boundaries are," Ward said. "Letting them know what a healthy relationship looks like and then building on that every year as they get older, I think it will change our community eventually.”
New Beginnings is still raising some funds for that expansion and waiting on that federal grant for that extra therapist before getting everything underway.