Commonwealth Journal

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June 5, 2006

Scarlette Jasper is new housing/outreach advocate for Bethany House

Somerset — Bethany House Abuse Shelter Inc. would like to announce the addition of Scarlette Jasper as the new Housing/Outreach Advocate for the shelter.

Bethany House is a domestic violence shelter that services a 10-county area including Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor and Wayne County.

If space is available, they will accept referrals from anywhere.

Bethany House provides safe and secure shelter for victims of domestic violence. In addition to food and clothing services, Bethany House offers a variety of extensive services. They provide crisis intervention, medical, legal and housing referrals. Bethany House provides individual counseling as well as group counseling and are conducted by a professional counselor. Services include adult and family counseling.

Bethany House also provides individual and group counseling to children who come to the shelter. They provide a homebound program through the Pulaski County Board of Education.

Bethany House provides referrals and assistance with transportation, housing, obtaining welfare and other entitled benefits, medical assistance, referrals for legal assistance, education, advocacy and other individual needs. Parenting, education, independent living and general life skills, therapeutic activities for residents, family violence dynamics education and support services are provided. They maintain a 24-hour crisis line in order to fulfill their goal to serve families in domestic violence situations. The numbers are 1-606-679-8852 or toll free 1-800-755-2017.

All services are provided at no cost to victims of domestic violence. Follow-up services are provided by Bethany House, this includes phone calls, written communication, counseling services and support groups.

Bethany House operates transitional housing units which are available to individuals. This particular housing is available in Pulaski, Russell and Clinton counties. Other housing resources are available in the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.

Bethany House is headed up by a local board of directors whose current president is Mary Lou Priddle. Executive director Charlotte Tribble heads up the staff which consist of administrative assistant, program coordinator, counselor, two case managers, court advocate, housing/outreach advocate and seven program advocates.

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