Sarah’s Place is a center for opportunity. Its mission is to empower all, especially women and their children with tools and resources that promote self worth and self-sufficiency. We do this in a faith filled atmosphere of peace, hope, creativity, and innovation. We are committed to excellence; courteous, accountable service, ever mindful of the beauty and culture of our area. Sarah’s Place provides the building blocks of opportunity.
Sarah’s Place was incorporated in 1996 in Elliott County. We are in the Northeastern Appalachian region of Kentucky, close to the West Virginia border. The county covers 234 square miles of rugged terrain with a population of roughly 6,753 people. The percentage of families living below the federal poverty level in these counties ranges from 22% to 36%. Seventy-four percent of school aged children qualify for free or reduced rate lunch.
We searched for a place to start, and finally found a former funeral home in the county seat of Sandy Hook. We purchased the funeral home in 1997, and renovated it with a major grant through Kentucky Housing Corporation. Funds to set up our computer lab were won through a major grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. We are centrally located near the court house, post office, middle and high school, bank, county library, Adult Education Center, and Senior Center.
Our facilities now include a Reflection Center, large classroom for Certified Nurse Aide classes, computer lab with an on-site server and T1 line for internet service, a Wellness Center, and private offices for our many outreach programs. We also have an on-campus Child Development Center that offers day care services, after school services, and summer program for children ages 2-10.
What We Do
• Assist with emergency services from basic needs to legal resources
• Teach Certified Nurse Aide Classes
• Conduct a Parent College Program
• Provide Circle of Hope Addictions Support Program
• Provide Safe Sitter training
• Teach CPR and First Aid classes
• Child Development Center Infant Care program ( 6 weeks to 23 months old)
• Preschool program for children 2-4 years old
• After school and summer program for children up to 10 years old
• County wide supplemental food program for senior citizens
In 2012, we
• provided 22,301 direct services to 491 families
• triaged 5,108 phone calls for help
• provided 15,054 hours of services to clients
• taught 32 classes
How We Do It
We partner with local, regional, and state agencies to complement and enhance existing services. Our income is generated from private, unrestricted donations, from foundations and grant funds, Government grants, United Way, three major fundraisers yearly, endowments, and income generated from our services. Our facilities include a Reflection Center, computer lab with high speed internet, offices for our out-reach programs and for our beginning Entrepreneurial Center. we have a lab for our nurse aide and family caregiver classes.