West Louisville Community Ministries closed until further notice - WDRB 41 Louisville News

West Louisville Community Ministries closed until further notice

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A ministry that provides services to west Louisville residents is closed until further notice, leaving some residents scrambling for help.

The West Louisville Community Ministries has been in operation since 1986. Its purpose is to keep vulnerable people from slipping into homelessness, poverty or abuse, but the organization has fallen on hard times.

“We received notice about two weeks ago that West Louisville Ministries was no longer functional,” Councilwoman Jessica Green, District 1, told WDRB.

Councilwoman Green says her office started getting calls wanting to know why the ministries closed and why no one was notified.

"We started receiving calls from constituents who were coming over here in attempt to receive services and the doors were shut,” she explained.

Green says many west Louisville residents rely on the non-profit to assist with paying their bills.

"Constituents started to receive final notices on their utilities that west Louisville had made commitments to pay and their utilities were set to be cut off,” she said.

Area Community Ministries has stepped in to help those clients.

"Some reorganization is occurring. We want this ministry to be functional. It's the only ministry we have that services all of west Louisville,” said Green.

WDRB spoke to West Louisville Community Ministries board president Rev. Geoffrey Ellis.

He said the organization doesn't have enough funding to operate between grants. He says they're very appreciative of ACM's help but they need more community support.

"I'm hoping they open back up real soon,” a client told WDRB.

Residents who rely on the organization for financial assistance aren't sure what to do.

"Oh we're going to be out of luck. Especially if we get cold. What are we going to do? Where are we going to go? We'll have to go farther out or farther away,” said Rhonda, a west Louisville resident.

Rhonda has been going there about once a month for seven years.

“It helps me out a whole lot because when I get low on food and stuff I can go down there and get something,” she told WDRB.

“In the meantime I would suggest calling your council member's office and seeing if we can figure something out for you,” said Councilwoman Green.

"Councilwoman Green says she isn't sure when the ministries will reopen. Rev. Ellis said he hopes to reopen very soon.

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