Monday August 8, 2011
For Immediate Release
Louisville Metro COuncil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Southwest Community Ministries is moving forward with its expansion plans to better serve Metro Louisville. On Monday, SWCM celebrated the purchase of property on Terry Road. In the next few months, after clean up and renovations, the property will become the new home and headquarters of the nonprofit group.
With the help of the Metro Council and the private sector SWCM is now ready better serve the less fortunate and needy in Southwest Jefferson County.
“This is a great day for a group of dedicated people who help others,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “With a new facility, the Ministries will be able to reach more people and offer more help.”
Henderson, along with Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and David Yates (D-25) donated funds toward the purchase of the facility.
“Many times, our community has relied on the Ministries to pull us through so many needs,” says Welch. “They have been there in tough economic times and natural disasters and its time we, as a community, are there for them.”
At a thank you celebration, officials with SWCM announced the purchase of 8504 and 8506 Terry Road from the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District. The group will begin clean up operations and renovations of the fire house and old district headquarters with fund raising help from the community.
The Metro Council members provided 50% of the needed funding for the purchase. All four secured $160,000 in the Capital Budget for the project.
Additional funding has been pledged by Charles Price, President and CEO of Charah, Lynda Fortner-Evans of Evans Construction Inc, the Mill Creek Generating Station, CEMEX, owners of the Kosmos Cement Company and P&L Railroad.
“This is a solid investment for our community, “said Blackwell. “Now we look forward to the continued good work of the Ministries.”
“I am confident that our community will always be there to help the Ministries help others,” said Yates. “A true measure of any community is how they help those in need which is why this is a great day for all of us.”
Southwest Community Ministries will now move forward with it plans and will continue to ask for community support.
“I know we’ll have the community’s help for this stage of the project as well. Southwest Louisville residents are hard-working, caring people who take care of their own and know how to get things done,” says Gayle Collins SWCM Executive Director.
For More information about Southwest Community Ministries, contact Gayle Collins at 935-0310.
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 14
David Yates (D) 25