Nonprofit News

Community’s First Women’s Only Day Shelter Opens in Downtown Louisville

The Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce the opening of its newest member agency, Uniting Partners (UP) for Women and Children, located at 425 S. Second St. at Christ Church Cathedral. Community leaders, including Mayor Greg Fischer and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the day shelter’s location in downtown Louisville.      

“Our vision is to ensure safety for women and children who are experiencing or nearing homelessness by providing a safe, reliable and supportive space that offers comprehensive services,” said UP for Women and Children co-founder Amy Schutz. “By working with additional service providers, we adequately link women, children and families to vital support and resources that they need to be empowered.”

UP for Women and Children also addresses a gap in the community by serving as Louisville’s first women’s-only day shelter.

“In order for these women to feel safe, they need a space specifically designed for women only,” said UP for Women and Children co-founder Andrea Scott. “Research shows that 93 percent of homeless mothers have experienced at least one trauma and 81 percent have experienced multiple traumatic events – with 91 percent experiencing trauma in both adulthood and childhood.”

UP’s day shelter will give homeless women and their children a place to rest, build community and find resources needed to reclaim their lives. It will provide showers, laundry, a phone and a mailing address, as well as life skills classes and case management services to help participants navigate the system to access housing, employment, financial benefits, IDs, health insurance, basic healthcare and many other resources.

“UP fills a great need in Louisville for a safe and welcoming place for homeless women,” 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 long-term goals like housing, education and employment. We are so happy to see this new center open its doors!”

The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The opening of UP for Women and Children was made possible by support from Women4Women, the Coalition for the Homeless, Louisville Metro Government, the Ignite Louisville leadership development program and many other individuals and organizations.

Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden Open Nominations for 2018 James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award

Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (SKO) have opened nominations for the ninth annual James Welch Sr. Arts Leadership Award, an honor that recognizes substantial impact to the arts made by an individual through significant volunteer commitment and exemplary leadership in the community. Nominations are being accepted now through Aug. 22 on the Fund for the Arts’ website,

“This prestigious award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional volunteer leader who has made a significant impact on our world-class arts community,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “Fund for the Arts is grateful for Stoll Keenon Ogden’s support as we work toward creating a more competitive, creative and compassionate community through the arts.”

The award was created in honor of the late James S. Welch Sr., a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm, who quietly provided decades of strong guidance and support to the arts.

“James Welch’s commitment to service and the arts helped form the creative community we have today,” said Kendrick Riggs, vice chair of SKO. “Stoll Keenon Ogden is honored to continue his legacy of service by a continued partnership with the Fund for the Arts to honor individuals who continually make our city a better place to live, work and play.”

Qualified nominees will have made significant contributions and a meaningful impact on the arts community in a quiet, often unrecognized manner.

Previous recipients include:

2017– Carolle Jones Clay, Senior Vice President, Managing Director – Community Relations, Republic Bank

2016 – Bill Blodgett, Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

2015 – Marlene Grissom, Director of Special Projects, Waterfront Development Corporation

2014 – Carl M. Thomas, Executive Director, Gheens Foundation, Inc.

2013 – Nana Lampton, CEO, Hardscuffle Inc.

2012 – Todd Lowe, President and Founder, Parthenon LLC

2011 – Morton Boyd, Chairman Emeritus, Gheens Foundation, Inc.

2010 – Tom Noland, Senior VP of Corporate Communications, Humana Inc.

FOMAS Announces New Executive Director

Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS), a non-profit organization, announced last week that the board of directors unanimously elected Susanna M. Westerfield as executive director to spearhead fundraising efforts in support of Louisville Metro Animal Services and the much-anticipated completion of a new, state-of-the-art shelter in 2019.

“The board of directors and LMAS are truly excited to bring Westerfield on board. 

Susanna M. Westerfield.

Her experience, commitment to caring for homeless animals and progressive vision made her the ideal choice for FOMAS and our community,” said Amy Wisotsky, chairman.

In addition to an extensive background in business development and organizational learning, Westerfield brings to the board her expertise in non-profit administration, organizational leadership and program development. Westerfield’s new role will also include working with the dedicated, compassionate staff at LMAS to expand community outreach in support of programs critical to caring for the thousands of animals that enter the shelter each year.

“I will help advance LMAS’ progress as the county’s largest and only open-admission animal shelter that provides a temporary home for more than 7,500 animals last year and reached No-Kill Status for the first time ever,” said Westerfield, executive director of FOMAS. “We can make a difference in the lives of those living in our community by providing a state-of-the-art location where healthy, adoptable pets reside waiting for adoption. There is nothing more fulfilling than helping people in our community experience the steadfast love and companionship of a pet.”

Westerfield assumed her role as executive director of the board in April 2018. Westerfield holds an MS degree in instructional systems technology from Indiana University, has served in several leadership roles as pastoral council secretary, board of director of the Catholic Athletic Ministry, Hand-in-Hand Ministries and various time and talent activities within her children’s school and church, bringing to FOMAS a wealth of knowledge about boards, volunteerism and stewardship.