History of South Jefferson NP
South Jefferson Neighborhood Place began with an even more unique partnership than the Neighborhood Place sites that came before. In 1996, a federal grant was received by Jefferson County Government and the University of Louisville as a reimbursement for indigent medical care provided to families . This grant forged an additional community partnership for Neighborhood Place. Funds from the grant were combined with additional funding from Jefferson County Government to build a 12,000 square foot facility to house the local Fairdale Family Health Clinic and South Jefferson Neighborhood Place.
May 1997 brought the opening of the new Fairdale facility that housed the partnership in the Lyman G. Armstrong Center. The facility was also strategically placed between two area schools, Fairdale High School and South Park Teenage Parent Program. The placement of the facility near the schools reinforced the strong partnership between Neighborhood Place and Jefferson County Public Schools. This joint venture brought services to the Fairdale and the southwest communities that had never been offered in the remote parts of Jefferson County. Food stamps, medical and financial assistance, WIC, counseling, family intervention, and JCPS truancy services were all available as the doors opened in the Summer of 1997. Once the doors were opened, the number of families seeking services in the Southwest communities more than doubled from those that had traveled the distance to downtown agencies to apply for assistance.
In order to address the distance of the southwest community, a satellite office for South Jefferson Neighborhood Place was opened in Valley High School in July 1998. The connection solidified the provision of services to the southwest area even more. Even though the space and services offered at Valley High School was not as extensive as Fairdale, basic services were now accessible to families that continued to be isolated in the remote areas of Jefferson County.